Anyone else feel empowered after they've read this? My I Am Sparticus moment aside, it feels great to be a part of what Kathleen's doing. I'm not as deeply entrenched with United to Stop Slots as Kathleen is (I don't know how she does it), but I definitely consider myself a part of the group, doing my best to get in the way of the lobby's incessant push for casinos, as if they owned the joint. Well, Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs, guess what? You don't.
It's tough to understand why slots are so dangerous to states without really doing the research, and people tend not to do the research until the danger is imminent. The only gift the casino industry has ever given Massachusetts was its Palmer proposal, because it sparked something inside Kathleen Conley Norbut -- and she's been so freaking effective at delivering that message to regular people all across the state. This far, no further. We will win this thing and it'll be because of people just like Kathleen Conley Norbut. She, in a lot of ways, personifies the entire movement.
Here's a great video of her from a hearing at the state house.