I have been getting e-mails and calls for the past couple of months from a group called Repeal the Casino Deal, which has set out to amass 69,000 signatures by Nov. 20 as a crucial step in the process of putting a repeal of the state’s casino law on the ballot in 2014. At first I resisted, mostly out of instinct: The law already passed. It’s a done deal. Why are these do-gooders bothering me? But they wore me down. I will sign their petition, and I think it’s worth explaining my reasons.
It’s not because I feel any kind of moralizing urge to meddle in the business of my fellow citizens. If consenting adults derive ritual satisfaction from transferring their capital to large corporations in the course of playing repetitive sedentary games against quixotic odds, I am not moved to interfere. You want to gamble? Knock yourself out.