Patrick knows risks of signing gambling bill
Legalization ends long-held tie to Puritan culture
With a stroke of a pen yesterday, Deval Patrick brought a sea-change to Massachusetts - the legalization of a gambling industry. In what is perhaps his most significant bill signing since his election five years ago, the governor broke one of the state’s last strands to its Puritan culture. Not since the Blue Laws were wiped off the books three decades ago has a governor and a Legislature approved such a dramatic departure from its original moral groundings.