Re: What do you think of a slots parlor in Danvers?
posted at 3/8/2013 9:38 PM EST
At what point do these Tea Party-like anti-casino zealots start facing reality?
It's like talking to a rock when you try and have a reasonable discussion with them. It's all about their personal morals and biases, and empirical evidence, the fact that many people like to gamble, like to see a show, like to play blackjack, is somehow viewed as immoral by these yahoos.
Danvers is a ridiculous site.
Massachusetts needs to site the casinos in major urban areas to stoke regional economic development, and the slot parlor needs to be situated in an area that geographically balances where the three casinos are sited, how proficient it will be to recapturing revenues spent by Bay Staters at other states' slot parlors, and how it can lure those other states' residents to the MA slot parlor.
The Boston casino should be at Suffolk Downs since it stitches together the tourism, hospitality and convention and meeting benefits of having a world-class casino resort in our capital city.
The WMass casino should be in Springfield or West Springfield for the same reasons as the Boston casino. And, by the way, why would we ever want to see Mohegan Sun, a CT casino, licensed here? They've been taking MA spending and tax revenues for 13 years. Isn't that enough?
And the SEMass casino, since it is obvious that the tribe will never get land-in-trust from the U.S. Gov't., should be in Fall River, for the same reason a casino should be at Suffolk Downs and in the Springfield area, so as to lure out-of-state visitors (greater Providence?), and to grow that region's tourism, hospitality and convention and meeting sectors.
If the casinos are sited that way, then the slot parlor should be sited at Raynham Park, Plainridge Racecourse, or somewhere on the Rt. 146 stretch between the Mass Pike and the RI line. Any slot parlor located at any of those sites will devastate Twin River, RI's largest slot parlor which, BTW, depends on 51% of its revenue from MA residents.
You don't have to be an Einstein to figure out how to best spread the fiscal and economic benefits by siting the facilities in key geographic locations. Unfortunately, the casino chairman Steve Crosby is not an Einstein. He reminds me more of Professor Irwin C. Corey!