Why not write a story focusing on the happy grassroot volunteers who fought years on end to pass a racing ban? Isn't that the real story here? Too Paper of Record-y?
Why does the Globe continually use its news space to editorialize the need for slot machines?
Resigned to the end of dog racing, track owners and the lawmakers who support them said they will launch a renewed effort to legalize slot machines in dog and horse tracks in the hope of restoring the estimated 1,000 jobs and millions of dollars in gambling revenue that will be lost when live racing ends.And why can't Globe reporters be factual when it comes to dog track jobs? There aren't even 1,000 race track jobs in Massachusetts - including the horse and amateur car tracks - never mind 1,000 at Wonderland and Raynham. The best estimate is around 300-400 jobs, many of them part timers.
And, in case anyone thought slot machines were the answer, as the Globe seems to suggest, they aren't:
Billionaire Backer Of Right-Wing Causes Is Down On His LuckAnd things aren't doing so well at the Racino in Rhode Island, either.
By Zachary Roth - November 6, 2008, 3:42PM
The casino company Las Vegas Sands, which is owned by right-wing billionaire Sheldon Adelson, has said it may default on debt and face bankruptcy, reports Bloomberg. In trading today, stocks in the company plunged.
My last question: Why can't the Globe deal in realities? An article focusing on the jobs at Raynham and Wonderland is a bit premature given the fact that Question 3 specifically gives the tracks two years to phase out races and allow employees to find new jobs. Question 3's passage should not result in a single layoff tomorrow, the next day or even five months from now. People should have plenty of time to find new jobs, especially given the fact that Governor Patrick is promising state help to retrain workers, allowing the tracks to end positions as people leave.