Mass. Gambling Opponents Gear Up For Fight

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Gambling opponents are mobilizing again as Massachusetts officials renew talks of bringing casinos to the state.

The consortium Casino Free Mass sent a letter to legislators on Monday urging them to vote against any plans to expand gambling in the state, calling it "a technological heroin."

Group President Richard Young also wrote that the state should not profit from an industry that "systematically destroys lives."

The Boston Globe reports that the letter also directed lawmakers to the group's Web site to watch a video on the social ills of gambling.

Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to license three resort casinos in Massachusetts failed last year. But the election of new House Speaker Robert DeLeo has reignited the debate.

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