I asked if some of you might want to call the Middleboro Town Clerk’s Office and ask that the minutes be beefed up a bit to reflect the existence, if not the importance of Article 3.
The Middleboro Board of Selectmen didn’t want Article 3 on the ballot. But CasinoFacts.org had collected too many signatures on their petitions for them to ignore. Still, they did their best. When, a month after the meeting, a resident asked if the Board couldn’t mention Article 3 in their letter of support to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, they proclaimed it to be “irrelevant”.
Well it's not. And I guess your calls worked. The minutes, which have been moved and can now be found at this link, have been updated. And though Article 3 still only gets the same amount of lines as were dedicated to the Pledge of Allegience and the National Anthem, at least they now read:
The Moderator informed the meeting that Article 3 has no force in law, and that it is only a public opinion question.Well now, that’s better. What’s even more interesting now is that, if you look at the next paragraph which describes Article 2, you can begin to see a story unfold. No, the town didn’t want a casino, but it had been convinced it would get one anyway, and coerced to vote for the agreement or face financial ruin.
ARTICLE 3: A motion to see if the Town approves of the creation of a Gambling Casino Resort Complex within the Corporate Boundaries of the Town was defeated by a majority vote.
But Article three said it all.
Power to the People