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Other side of gambling equation

The estimate of UMass.-Dartmouth professor Clyde W. Barrow that Massachusetts residents spend $878 million a year at Connecticut's two gambling casinos is open to debate. James Kennedy, the general counsel and research director for a legislative committee chaired by Representative Daniel Bosley, a North Adams Democrat who has done extensive research into gambing, challenges the size of the sample Mr. Barrow used and his estimate of how much state visitors spend at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. No one doubts that Bay Staters spend money in Connecticut casinos, but the other side of the equation Massachusetts must factor in as its considers possible casino legislation is the cost in terms of crime, gambling addiction and lowered property values in the vicinity of the casinos. Legislators should seek the opinions of Ledyard and Montville, Connecticut residents about the detriments of casinos in their back yards.

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