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And it’s about time. Without dogs to abuse, and with slots at racetracks dead, the Revere track has decided to go out of business.
This Sun article overemphasizes the positives of the closing track (the jobs left there, its long glorious history as a place to break the delicate bones of greyhounds, etc). I do feel bad for the 100 people losing their jobs as I would any workers in any industry, but the idea of putting the welfare of 100 people in largely low-wage jobs ahead of the welfare of the thousands in the area who could potentially become addicted to slots (and commit crimes to feed their disease, and the victims of the crimes…etc etc) and the welfare of our Commonwealth, is, well, a bit disingenuous.
Maybe these 100 people could be better put to work to redeveloping that prime real estate, and into jobs that are created once that land has been put to other use.
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