Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hang Fire - Day Nine


Anonymous said...

It's really sad that is is a real letter.

What does the Mayor of Salem get out of legalized gambling in MA?? I thought this party (Democrats)took a stand against gambling? Oh, I mean, the ones that aren't currently in office.

Gladys Kravitz said...

Well, it's not really an actual letter. It's got some of the same buzzwords and all as a recent newsletter that someone forwarded to me - but this one's just a parody.

I have no idea what party the Mayor of Salem belongs to, but have watched members of both major Massachusetts political parties fall all over themselves to endorse slots and casinos.

Which, for me, is not a great endorsement of their intelligence or character.

I do think our elected officials are under a lot of constant pressure to provide jobs - and that tends to make them forget that their first job is to lead.

Expanded gambling is the antithesis of real leadership. It's become a litmus test for me when it comes to vote.

I hope that more people will pay attention to Green Party candidate Jill Stein at the upcoming debates. She is the only anti-predatory gambling candidate, and also a candidate who makes a lot of sense.

Unlike touting casinos as a revenue source from a corner office somewhere (or hiding in hers like Martha Coakley) Stein comes out to a crowded auditorium waiting hours to speak for the Massachusetts citizens who would be hurt by expanded gambling legislation.

These are the words of a Democrat for 28 years.

Gladys Kravitz said...

I remembered these posts from Ryan's Take regarding Driscoll. It may shed some light.