You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

letters | toward a more livable city

East Boston needs allies to fight casino

THANK YOU for supporting East Boston’s continuing struggle against the Gaming Commission in the editorial “Walsh deal with Suffolk Downs: Eastie residents should lobby Gaming Commission,” July 10). The entire city has been ignored and insulted by the commission at every turn since we in East Boston voted against a casino at Suffolk Downs in November. We have availed ourselves of every possible opportunity since that time to engage the Gaming Commission through letters, formal written comments, personal appearances, and media coverage.

Yet the commission remains determined to site a massive resort casino on the Boston city line, against the voters’ will and Mayor Walsh’s concerns. Either of the two Boston-area proposals would cause irreparable harm to nearby neighborhoods. East Boston would bear the brunt of the traffic, pollution, and other widespread social ills that will inevitably accompany the casino at Suffolk Downs, which is poised to go forward despite our vote.

Continue reading below

While the commission may be beyond redemption, blame must fall squarely on our local elected representatives. Both of our legislators and our city councilor lobbied for a casino at Suffolk Downs. Once the casino plan was defeated, they refused to publicly stand by our vote in November beyond a tepid letter or two.

While we appreciate Mayor Walsh’s efforts, he should never have been our only official source of support. The only way to protect Boston from predatory casino development will be to repeal the misguided law in November and work to fill the vacuum in leadership which created and sustained this fiasco.

Matt Cameron

East Boston

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.