'Casino is not a blessing, but a curse'.


To the editor:

Leominster is in the running for a license to operate a slot casino off Route 117 on the Lancaster town line. How great for Leominster if you're looking at this unspiritually and only monetarily at a proposed tax increase of approximately $4 million annually paid by the Cordish casino company to Leominster, guaranteed in the agreement signed with the city.

If a casino does come here, who's to say they could even meet that agreed upon $4 million. Other casinos are in bad financial shape right now due to the economy.

Most traffic will come through the already congested Route 117 towns of Lancaster and Bolton, heading to and from Interstate 495.

Cordish has not yet reached a financial agreement with Lancaster as to how to offset this impact on the community. They also have not even acknowledged Bolton residents and how a casino will affect them.

There is going to be a meeting held by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) in November or early December for all area residents to be heard -- Lancaster, Bolton, Clinton, Sterling, Lunenburg, Fitchburg and anyone else...

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