ProJo: Here’s Why We Flip-Flopped on Casino
The ProJo disavows conspiracy theories and tries to explain why it changed it’s mind on the casino:
The editorial speaks for itself, but we repeat here that the prospect of more jobs for Rhode Islanders, especially for hard-pressed low-income people, including immigrants, was the overwhelming factor.
That’s it. One run-on sentence of explanation as to why 12 years of previous editorials against a RI casino now mean nothing. The rest of the piece is a too-inside baseball explanation of “how an editorial is written.” In short, they devoted the meat of the editorial explaining to us ignorant rubes how really smart editorialists go through the process of editorializing.
That wasn’t the question, guys.
What we want to know is how a newspaper that has previously doubted that a casino will deliver high-quality, well-paying, economically stable jobs can now–after 12 years of making these anti-casino arguments–turn around and say “Vote Yes on 1” because a casino will deliver “more jobs for Rhode Islanders, especially for hard-pressed low-income people, including immigrants.”
What about putting our efforts into long-term economic development instead of a quick-fix casino? What about the damage that a large, economically dominant casino will do to the quality of life in Rhode Island? What about the burden to our government services (police, fire, roads, infrastructure) that haven’t been properly accounted for? What happened to all of these other concerns? Well?