Monday, February 16, 2009
The Eyes Have It...
You don't need a pair of glasses to see how painfully uninformed the Middleboro Board of Selectman are about the facts, impacts and costs involved in their beloved casino project.
Let's face it, they'd rather put a casino on the cluttered dusty back burner of their minds and concentrate on the intricacies of one-day liquor licenses and barking dog complaints. They'd rather content themselves with pro-community happy thoughts and deftly avoid the icky boring hard stuff that requires a certain flexing of the old grey matter. I felt the same way about calculus back in college.
So, does it bother you that there are preschoolers who've paid more attention to the sand table than this august body of policy makers has to an issue that could effect your home, safety and pocketbook? It should.
Then this is what I want you to do this week. I want you to print out something you think the Board ought to know - maybe it's a newspaper article, or informational .pdf, or perhaps relevant sections of IGRA, or maybe it's a blog post like Carverchick's many fine installments on gaming regulations, or Bumpkin's various breakdowns of the IGA, or Fiferstones' thoughts on sovereignty, or my own posts on the myth of inevitability, or any of the myriad posts about impacts to real estate, schools, crime, social problems, the environment, and the Tribe's and it's investors troubles with the law - basically any subject you think the Board needs to bone up on. Which, you know, is pretty much everything.
And then I want you to go to CVS or Ocean State or the dollar store down at the mall and pick up a pair of those cheap reading glasses.
Now stick your printouts and the glasses in an envelope and mail it to:
Board of Selectmen
Middleboro Town Hall
10 Nickerson Avenue,
Middleboro, MA 02346
Or just drop it off at town hall. I'm sure that would be fine.
Why do this? Because it makes a statement, that why. It makes the statement that the Board has an obligation to fully understand the problems their pet project will cause. The town is full of people who don't want a casino, and the Board represents them, too.
Since Summer of '07 a lot of things have come to light that even the most comatose collection of elected officials can't ignore. And yet, they do. So maybe it's not their fault. Maybe they just need a pair of reading glasses. Hey, it happens to the best of us.
Once, my friends at CasinoFreePhila washed all the windows at the State Gaming Commission to demonstrate the need for transparency. These folks and other activists across this country are busy making statements, getting the message across to those who aren't listening, and who expect the rest of us to sit there politely and take it.
Because sometimes a little action and outrage are what it takes. And that's what grassroots is all about, baby.
Posted by Gladys Kravitz at 11:10 AM