Several candidates for governor of Massachusetts have expressed their view that should the citizens of the commonwealth decide to repeal the decision of the legislature that allows casinos in Massachusetts, the city of Springfield should be exempted from this decision because their citizens want it and that ought to trump the statewide vote. I have a few questions.
1. How about Raynham? Should the town of Raynham be allowed to get its dog track back if the citizens want it?
2. How about Boston? Should the city of Boston be allowed to have Happy Hour at their bars? At 3.8 bars per 10,000 households, bars are a huge business in Boston. If the citizens of Boston vote for Happy Hours in their city, why not let them have it?
3. How about Somerville? Somerville is a densely populated city and no doubt there are many children there. If the citizens of Somerville should decide to exploit this resource of children, should they be given an exemption from this old law (1836!) because times have changed and frankly, they need more “jobs and the economy”?