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Casino critics lay cards on table — and street



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Connectictu’s Mohegan Sun Casino has an entire Web page dedicated to supporting its plans to bring a casino to nearby Palmer. Internet graphic/Mohegan Sun Casino. (click for larger version)
June 16, 2009
Arguing that a casino in Palmer would draw from a 50-mile radius, opponents tried to simulate the extra traffic a facility would bring to that town's streets Saturday.

An exact number of participants is unclear, but organizers estimated 80-100 cars actually drove around town with "Casino Traffic" placards attached to their doors. Others probably did so without such signs, and the opponents were met by pro-casino residents in sign-waving groups at street corners.

To Jeff Johnson of Monson, informal leader of the local Casino Facts group, the intent was to show that a casino would be "a quality of life issue" in the area.

"About a year ago, I was trying to get out of my driveway in Monson. It was an extraordinarily busy Saturday morning," he said of how he got involved. "Casino issues were in the air, and I realized this would probably be a daily occurrence — taking five minutes to get out of my driveway."

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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