The report, compiled by Connecticut-based historian James Lynch and paid for by the town of Halifax, concludes that the Mashpee tribe "has never maintained a tribal political or social presence within the Town of Middleboro."Once again a surrounding community has stepped up to oppose a Middleboro casino.- From the Cape Cod Times Casino Foes Fed Ammunition
So let's hear it for all of Middleboro's nosey nieghbors - who've paid for expensive experts, formed task forces, compiled exhaustive lists of concerns, fought for the right to have an anti-casino fundraiser on town property, organized, created web sites, put out newsletters, written editorials and letters, made calls, talked to their reps, held forums and who've come out to meetings, conferences, rallies and hearings, who've debated, held signs, made signs, gotten up early, stayed up late, juggled schedules and lives, put careers on hold, raised money and donated, who've crunched numbers, groomed databases, asked questions, made statements, performed extensive research, blogged, educated, entertained, revealed the truth, withstood the slings and arrows of their critics, answered the call, never gave up, stayed involved, stuck together, lent their tireless support to the anti-casino cause and it's people - and who never even once got the chance to vote on whether they wanted a casino.
Anti-casino advocates in Middleboro have long claimed the Wampanoag ties to the town are bogus, accusing the tribe's investors of reservation shopping.Think again. Anti-casino advocates are everywhere.
And while we're at it - let's hear it for that guy from Middleboro, Frank Dunphy, who was always there for us.