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The Boston Globe


Gambling board head’s approach called fair-minded

When Massachusetts lawmakers debated casinos in 2003, Stephen P. Crosby argued that the state could hardly do worse than the lottery system, which he said shortchanged communities to the point of “promoting gambling for the sake of gambling.’’

Casinos, he wrote in an op-ed for the Boston Globe, would funnel more gambling proceeds to public use than the lottery. Even better, it might cut back on gambling, and “that’s probably a public policy good,’’ he said.

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