My name is Laura* and I live in Malden. I’m not originally from Massachusetts but I love it here. And I’m proud of the amazing things that this Commonwealth has to offer. I was raised in New Jersey but the ‘ancestral homeland’ of Everett and my deep love of Dunkin Donuts, among other things, drew me here. I like my neighborhood. The people are nice, the parking is plentiful and it’s a relatively easy commute to work. I do not want a casino in my neighborhood. I’ve been with groups of people of all political persuasions around the state as we have a much-needed conversation about how we fund the public structures- roads, schools, parks- that we all value. I’ve met people around the state that don’t want a casino in their neighborhood either. If I don’t want a casino in my neighborhood, why would I stick that on my neighbors in Middleborough, Palmer, New Bedford, Needham, Great Barrington, North Andover, Revere Wellesley, East Boston or anywhere else?
After the jump, an invitation and a video to make you proud.
Casinos were definitely not in my top 10 issues but the truth is the more you look at this, the more you see how it touches the top issues we all care about. This isn’t about whether you like to play poker or not. But, it is an issue for everyone who cares about a fair and stable revenue streams, creative and dynamic economic development, and how we use or abuse the environmental resources we’ve been entrusted with. This is about the vision of economic development for the future of our state. We should be able to expect from our state government economic development plans that aren’t dependent on job loss, small business closing, and the promotion of a product that we know will increase addiction and human suffering at great cost. As I heard a woman say at a town committee meeting, “we’re better than this and you all (legislators and administration) are smarter than this.”
There’s been deep and thoughtful conversation here on the casino issues. My invitation to you all now is to join with your neighbors around the state to be a part of the public witness to the kind of state we all value and deserve. Three ways:
Casino Free Mass has just released a new video from Jimmy Tingle. I love this video. Watch the video, email it to your friends, sign up for Casino Free Mass http://www.casinofreemass.org , and if the spirit moves you, donate to make sure more people see this message.
Let’s together bet on our state, not casinos. www.casinofreemass.org
*Full Disclosure- I proudly serve on the steering committee for Casino Free Mass and I’m a member of the League of Women Voters.