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Feb. 28, 2014 |

It's always good for the public taxpayers when an appointed or elected body can make their own rules. Look no further than D.C. or the State House for excellent examples. For the latter, the recently published spending frenzy by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and “its politically connected staffers” is the most recent demonstration of utter disregard by those in responsible positions for the source of the income they so recklessly spend. And to make the situation even worse, they are permitted to and receive funding from the very companies they are tasked with making rules for and investigating the worthiness of. This raises some pertinent questions. Why do elected officials feel an obligation to protect their own and their creation, even if it has a strong resemblance to the Frankenstein monster? Could it be that those that created and shaped the composition and format and lack of rules for the commission also have vested interests in such reckless spending? Regarding the spending, where is the hue and cry from the Governor’s mansion and State House? Why isn’t the State Auditor or Attorney General commenting or investigating? Could it be the “politically connected staffers?” What is wrong with this picture? Jim Raschilla Chicopee

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