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September 24, 2012
Now there's a fantasy. The lives of folks on the backside, driven there because they lack skills that can be sold in other settings, will be improved by what, exactly? Gambling? Yes, of course. The folks from Vegas can't wait to make sure that health care, help with addictions, good nutrician and clean living spaces are provided. Somehow I missed that. Here I thought that the dazzle of dollar signs drew these socially conscious investors to the Blue Line fed casino possibility. If we can get more taxi drivers and laborers to jump on the Blue Line or take the bus from Chelsea to Suffolk Downs to feed the slots, why...how many untold lives will be improved? How many kids who have their lunch money gambled on the next pull of the one armed bandit (I mean one armed "guide to a better, happier life") will graduate from a community college or live in a two parent family because of the blessings of inner-city casino gambling?