Hopefully, a compromise can, in fact, be reached — one that would put slots at several tracks and legalize one or two casinos, with their larger up-front fees, greater job creation, and billions of dollars in new construction. Let’s give those Massachusetts citizens that lost their textile-industry jobs to lower wages in Asia an opportunity to earn a living wage, family medical, and 401(k) plans. This can be achieved by approving an industry, gaming, that doesn’t require a Harvard MBA or a graduate degree from MIT. Positions in life sciences are certainly desirable to keep state-college graduates from fleeing to New York. But why not create two industries to satisfy some of the needs of the 125,000 unemployed in Massachusetts?
EDITOR’S NOTE: The letter writer, a former president of the Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and of Argosy Gaming Company, has expressed interest in possible casino sites in New Bedford and Palmer.
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