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Letter: Slots are not the right path for Plainville

I have lived in Plainville for many years and I have often marveled at its dichotomy: good geographic location next to so many highways, and a rural, small-town character. I now am raising my family in town because the schools are good and I think that the town has the potential to develop and grow in positive ways. Installing a slots parlor is NOT the right path for Plainville.

Plainville is a family community now, but if expanded gambling is approved, it will forever have its reputation associated with gambling. Many, many families in town will lose on their home values.

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Plainville does not need the problems that accompany casinos: alcohol-related crimes, drug-related crimes, thefts and break-ins, prostitution, increased problem gambling for residents. The promised revenue for the community is a red herring when measured against the costs of these problems.

The associated industries that accompany gambling venues are often pawn shops, check-cashing joints, and “massage parlors.” Is this how we want our little stretch of Route 1 to be developed?

I urge citizens of Plainville to stand up for Plainville! We may be small, but this is not the development direction we need to take. We can do better, Plainville!

Vote “NO” on the host community agreement on Sept. 10.

Leo Brehm

Plainville

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