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Beton Brut
06-29-2010, 08:40 PM
The East Boston Times is sponsoring and Editor Joshua Resnek will be moderating a forum on the benefits and disadvantages of building a resort-style casino at Suffolk Downs.

The event will be held on June 30th at 6:30 PM at Don Orione Hall. Both sides of the casino debate will be represented. The proponents will be represented by Frank Callahan, President of the Building and Trades Council and Jay Ash, Chelsea City Manager. The opposition will be represented by Tom Larkin, a licensed psychologist and a member of the Board of Directors of United to Stop Slots in Massachusetts and John Ribeiro, a concerned, lifelong East Boston and Winthrop resident and member of the newly founded, Neighbors of Suffolk Downs (http://www.neighborsofsuffolkdowns.org/).

Each side will present their point of view on the subject. Local politicians will be provided an opportunity to present their views. And the public will be invited to ask questions of the panel.

The State?s House of Representatives has already passed their version of legislation allowing casino gambling in Massachusetts and the Senate is formulating their version. One public hearing was held and there are no plans to hold any others before the end of this legislative session.

One side promises jobs and a much needed boost to the sagging Massachusetts economy. The other is concerned about the social cost to families, the negative impact on businesses and the expected increase in traffic. This promises to be a lively and spirited debate on an issue that will shape the Massachusetts economy for generations.

Please note: The Hall address is 150 Orient Avenue, but the meeting location can also be accessed through the lower-level entrance off of Gladstone Street.

Beton Brut
06-29-2010, 08:42 PM
Not my event, but I'll certainly be there.

In the interest of full disclosure, John Ribeiro and I were high school classmates.