Voters must have say on flawed casino law

ATTORNEY GENERAL Martha Coakley’s rejection of Repeal the Casino Deal’s submission of a ballot initiative petition for 2014 to repeal the law legalizing casinos and slots in this state was a slap in the face of democracy. This is a controversial issue that warrants serious public discussion and debate and should be decided by the people of Massachusetts, who will have to live with casinos and all their negative impacts.

Sure, residents of potential casino host communities can vote on whether they want a casino in their midst. But not neighboring communities, who don’t benefit from mitigation money but have to live with the traffic, pollution, drunk drivers, the siren song of addictive slots, and all the other drawbacks.

Any resident of this state who doesn’t like the corrupting influence of casinos won’t have a say. I am ashamed that our attorney general would so blatantly disregard this right that we voters are supposed to enjoy: to be able to put issues on the ballot and vote on them.

Charlotte Burns