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Sunday, July 29, 2007

What really happened in Middleboro?

I'm confused about what went on at the Middleboro Town Meeting yesterday.

No, not the vote to approve the deal selectmen negotiated with representatives of the Mashpee Wampanoags. Rather I'm confused about what I read -- and didn't read -- about a non-binding vote that in effect rejected the concept of casinos in the town while agreeing to this particular casino proposal.

I've scoured the lead story in the Paper of Record three times for a mention of what I've read in The Herald, on Blue Mass Group and in Media Nation -- namely that right after voting 2-1 to approve the deal, those left at the high school held a non-binding vote turning thumbs down on casinos in general.

What gives Metro Editor Brian McGrory? Why is there a paragraph in the online version but not in the dead tree version? Is everyone else wrong and the Globe correct? Or are you planning a major takeout follow-up on Monday?

This is a story in need of a lot of follow up. Why the rush -- less than a week between public posting of the documents and a town meeting on a overwhelmingly humid late July Saturday? Whose numbers are correct on the hotel taxes? Why did all of this need to be done before Deval Patrick and the Legislature finally take up the question of a coherent statewide policy?

In the end, casinos are coming to Massachusetts. But who will be the ultimate winners? A) The owners? B) The Town of Middleboro? C) The taxpayers of Massachusetts?

The ultimate answer must be "all of the above" -- but I have a bad feeling after the past week the answer will be A.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Dan Kennedy said...

The Standard-Times of New Bedford captures the proceedings in all their squalid glory. Check out my latest Media Nation post.

July 29, 2007 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republican Queen of Sleaze, Cynthia Stead (aka Peter Porcupine) is busy sliming Casino opponents and anybody who dares question what happened. Guess she's found a cause to replace fighting against gay marriage.

July 30, 2007 5:38 PM  

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