“Spinning the Wheel: What the Industry Means for the Commonwealth.’’
What if the anti gambling folk organized a conference with the same title that featured some experts with data on how other states have/are handling/benefiting or not from organized gaming.
And Steve agreed to address the group. Separately from any panel of paid organized anti gambling activists of course.
What a fabulous idea. And Crosby’s comments to the Globe seem consistent with something like this:
He said he accepted the invitation [to address the pro-casino event] because he wants to include casino interests as he starts a broader conversation with the public about how the industry can benefit the state…. “We’ll be talking to lots of people in public settings who have interest in this,” Crosby said, referring to the gambling commission. “That will be the nature of our business.”
So, who’s going to organize this side of the “broader conversation” that Crosby says he wants? Surely there’s some enterprising anti-gambling folk here with the wherewithal to put on an event that wasn’t just an anti-casino rally (nothing wrong with rallies, but I wouldn’t expect Crosby to show up), but was rather a thoughtful exploration of, say, what we can learn from the experience of other states in terms of avoiding the downsides when casinos come to town, and what host communities can expect. Maybe Senator Eldridge, who was quoted in the Globe story, would be interested.
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