Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Casino bill getting closer

The Massachusetts State Senate is scheduled to again take up the casino gambling bill today, and that body will likely pass a bill slightly different from the House version pretty soon. A compromise wouldn't appear to require too much time and the final bill could be on the governor's desk within a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, a Globe story today looks at donations that Suffolk Downs owner Richard Fields has given to charities supported by local politicians, while the Herald reports that the racetrack is looking to pay for repairs to the Bradley School playground, which was torched on Sept. 24.

The ridiculous lead of the story is "Big-hearted Suffolk Downs owners are ponying up big dough..." First, this is less an act of charity than one of political calculation -- just like the funds donated to area charities -- and, second, $40,000, which Suffolk Downs is offering to help fix the playground, is not "big dough" to Fields, especially when a future casino at the track stands to make him hundreds of millions of dollars. Let's be truthful here.

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