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letters | who should vote on suffolk downs casino?

Split referendum into two parts

STATE SENATOR Anthony Petruccelli’s op-ed raises the possibility that if the entire city voted on the casino, then East Boston could be forced to accept a major casino development it opposed (“Suffolk Downs vote belongs in East Boston,” Op-ed, Sept. 21). What if the upcoming vote involved both citywide and East Boston polling with the understanding that the project would only go forward if there was a favorable plurality in both counts?

To borrow a basic premise from medicine, shouldn’t a first concern be to do no harm? Whatever the theoretical benefits of a casino, almost everyone can also see some likely social and financial costs. Provide for an inclusive vote that doesn’t force an unwanted conclusion on any part of Boston.

Ed Rizzotto


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