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Friday, October 31, 2014

You know what's really SPOOKY?

Lyn Horan

Casinos are projected to siphon nearly an additional $1 billion dollars out of the Massachusetts economy every year. That’s 1 billion dollars that normally is spent on local businesses, instead spent on casinos whose owners live out of town.
Now ask yourself these two questions:

1. Where is that $1 billion dollars a year being spent now?

2. What happens to those businesses and their employees, once it no longer is?

With these kind of losses to already established local businesses, they will start laying off employees, or closing down altogether. Are you ready to lose your job? Are you ready to see a loved one lose their job? Are you ready to watch your favorite local businesses close up shop?

This is the amount of additional money your neighbors will stop spending at nearby businesses, and start spending at the casinos. All calculations are based upon the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's own estimates.

This is how much money the businesses in YOUR city or town will lose to the casinos every year.

This is how casinos hurt existing businesses and their employees:
Agawam: $ 3,873,051
Amherst: $ 5,071,212
Boston: $ 88,476,702
Chicopee: $ 7,531,189
Easthampton: $ 2,152,573
Everett: $ 5,953,309
Greenfield: $ 2,567,439
Hadley: $ 703,981
Holyoke: $ 5,431,369
Long Meadow $ 2,149,667
Worcester: $ 24,899,099
Cambridge: $ 15,025,365
Lowell: $ 15,219,251
Northampton: $ 3,828,182
Revere: $ 7,414,437
Palmer: $ 1,653,380
Pelham: $ 177,135
Pittsfield: $ 6,465,620
Falmouth: $ 4,830,329
Revere: $ 7,414,437
South Hadley: $ 2,348,481
Springfield: $ 20,845,669
West Springfield: $ 3,866,650
Worcester $ 24,899,099

Hold ’Em Or Fold ’Em?

Hold ’Em Or Fold ’Em: What’s Next For The Massachusetts Gaming Industry If Voters Repeal The Gaming Law?


Can you trust the PROMISES?

Casino backers, opponents make their cases, door by door

Both sides of the debate have tried to educate voters about the counterintuitive wording of the repeal question.A “yes” vote would block casinos; a “no” vote would allow casinos to open.
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Boston, MA 102514 Anti casino volunteers John Rogers (cq), left, of East Boston and Joseph Catricala (cq), rt, of Revere canvassed potential voters on High Street in Charlestown, Saturday, October 25 2014. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff) section: Metro slug: 29casinogroundgame reporter: Laura Crimaldi
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John Rogers (left) and Joseph Catricala took to High Street in Charlestown to talk to residents about supporting Question 3.
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Ryan Holmes and LouAnne Zawodny canvassed in Chelsea to encourage voters to oppose the referendum.

A Family Story


The Gambling Vultures work hard to cover it up, keep reports out of the media..... continue to PICK YOUR POCKET while you think it's entertainment.....

On the right side of this blog are CATEGORIES of collected articles, the few that have appeared because no one wants to talk about SUICIDE.

AGA even commissioned a phony report to refute the FACTS.

GAMBLING ADDICTION has the lowest rate of self-referrals of ALL addictions and the highest rate of SUICIDE. FACT!

Please don't believe you won't know someone who COMMITS SUICIDE because of GAMBLING's not true!

Take the time to read Gladys' post....

Ring of Fire - a repost in honor of Father's Day

My thoughts alone!


"If it can happen to me and my girls, it can happen to you and your family. It's vicious industry. By voting yes on Question 3, you'll protect your family and your community." In an emotional retelling of the loss of her husband Scott to gambling addiction, Ohio resident Stacy Stevens encourages Massachusetts voters to think twice before allowing the predatory nature of casinos to come into our Commonwealth.

"A Family Story"

On August 13, 2012, Scott Stevens, described as a successful business executive, husband, and father of three daughters, took his own life in a park he raised funds to build. He had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars at a casino opened up across the river in nearby West Virginia.

While it's easy to get lost in the statistics; the number of gamblers will rise in Massachusetts by the tens of thousands and gambling addicts maintain some the highest rates of suicide. The personal stories of those who struggle are also important. The predatory tactics of the casino industry have real consequences for real people.

We know the facts are on our side. The empty promises of the casino industry fail to pan out in state after state, community after community. Please share Stacy's video, make sure that her voice is heard. We may not have the millions of the casino bosses, but we have the voices of hundreds of thousands of casino repeal supporters across the state. Lend yours.

Any way you can spread the word, now is the time. You can engage with us on Twitter, Facebook, and through our website, as your voice maximizes our reach. For other ways to join the campaign, please donate, and follow us on social media.

Thank you for your support!

John Ribeiro


Repeal the Casino Deal

P.S. Please forward this message on to at least 10 of your friends and family members.

Repeal the Casino Deal | PO Box 520162 | Winthrop | MA | 02152

Thursday, October 30, 2014

If Massachusetts voters vote for casinos, this is what we'll get...

If Massachusetts voters vote for casinos, this is what we'll get...
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Stacy Stevens' Story

Stacy Stevens' Story
Stacy Stevens shares the tragic story of gambling addiction, which took the life of her husband. She advocates for a Yes on Question 3.

Police talk about problem gambling from their perspective

Police talk about problem gambling from their perspective

Newport Slot Barn a losing proposition

Eugene J. McKenna: Newport casino a losing proposition

Jobs, jobs, jobs! Economic development! We hear these words shouted at us many times a day. Of course these are major concerns in Rhode Island and throughout the country. But Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling do not think that the introduction of casino gambling in Newport is a satisfactory response to these concerns. Therefore we oppose statewide Questions 1 and 2.
We believe that true economic development should provide goods and needed services that will benefit the residents. Gambling is a dead-end proposition with no added wealth for the community. One needs only to look at the closing of four casinos in Atlantic City in one month and the lessening of revenue in so many casinos nationwide, including Rhode Island.
CCACG believes that all the energy, time and money spent over the last few years in trying to expand a slots parlor into a full-scale casino in Newport could be better spent finding other ways to increase employment.
A good start would be with the North End Master Plan prepared for Newport in 2006. It should be given more attention and action for continued crucial development of the North End and the pursuit of high-quality technical and marine research jobs.
Gaming is an oversaturated industry. It seems that anyone who has ever wanted to try a casino has done so. The market is not expanding. Only the venues meant to cater to a finite number of gamblers is growing, oftentimes to close within a few years and lay off faithful employees.
Eventually, unless the anti-casino vote prevails in Massachusetts and on-line gambling continues to grow, there will be a further loss of gambling revenue for Rhode Island. We think it would be wise to overcome the ever-increasing losses by finding new areas of development in Rhode Island instead of just going blindly to the trough of gambling revenue.
The University of Rhode Island’s new and beautiful School of Pharmacy and the outstanding Oceanographic Institute along with all the possibilities of medical and educational districts in Providence are good signs that we can once again have a growing economy without casinos. Our flourishing tourist industry can also be further expanded without the branding of “casino” hanging over our heads.
Worse, Newport and the other communities in Rhode Island could easily lose control over any casino with the General Assembly legislating exceptions to zoning or alcohol laws as it did with a smoking ban.
Rhode Island has been receiving more revenue from gambling per capita than any other state in the country. The introduction of full casino gambling could even increase the frightening number of problem and addicted gamblers in Rhode Island with the attendant social costs caused by problem gambling, namely embezzlement, theft, bankruptcies, mortgage defaults, divorce and even suicides.
Baylor University Professor Earl L. Grinols, an expert on the costs and benefits of casino gambling, shows that for every dollar of casino revenue gained for the state, there are social costs of three dollars.
Revenue could also drop for Rhode Island if full casino games are allowed at Newport Grand, because the share for the state would only be 16 percent to 18 percent from the table games whereas the state now receives about 61 percent from the Twin River and Newport Grand slot machines. Surely not a winning proposition.
Therefore we encourage all Rhode Islanders to reject Questions 1 and 2 on Nov. 4, so that Rhode Island will not become an even more dangerous predator on its residents, very often on the very people least able to afford gambling losses.
The Rev. Eugene J. McKenna is president of Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling.