UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: GAMBLING IN CONNECTICUT AUTHOR TALK AND POLITICAL PANEL DISCUSSION AT PEQUOT LIBRARY SEPT.17th

Friday, September 13, 2013

GAMBLING IN CONNECTICUT AUTHOR TALK AND POLITICAL PANEL DISCUSSION AT PEQUOT LIBRARY SEPT.17th

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, former Connecticut Congressman Robert H. Steele, will discuss his new book, followed by a panel discussion with Tony Hwang - 134th District state Representative (R) and Kim Fawcett - 133rd District state Representative (D). At a time when more and more states are rushing to legalize or expand gambling, this is an Issue of the Day. The event is free and open to the public. The event will be held in Pequot Library’s Auditorium/Concert Hall.

The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town is a fictional story set against the explosion of casino gambling in Connecticut during the 1990s, when two Indian tribes built the world's two biggest casinos in the southeastern corner of the state, just eight miles apart. Mr. Steele says, “The book is fictional but it is set against the factual explosion of the Indian casinos in the 1990’s in Connecticut. I lived right next door to it for 20 years.” In the author talk, Mr. Steele will speak, for 30 minutes, about the book and will present a current framework for gambling, followed by a three person discussion, with the panel, on gambling in Connecticut. Local politicians will discuss gambling, and add their perspectives on this important conversation, for our community and state. Mr. Steele poses the observation, “Many decisions are made in the dark of night, under cover, behind the scenes. I’d like the state to have a vigorous and open debate about where we go from here. Especially as Internet, online gambling, and lottery or bingo gambling games take hold, in local restaurants. We will be teaching our children how to gamble for money at a very young age.” Keno, a lottery or bingo gambling game, has been controversial for years, and polls have shown opposition in Connecticut spanning the tenures of two governors.
The book’s release comes as all three of Connecticut’s neighboring states—Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island—are moving to open new casinos, and the U.S. Justice Department has taken a first step toward the legalization of Internet gambling.
Connecticut author Martin Shapiro has described the novel as “an epic story of politics, identity and greed that will leave you wondering where America is headed.”
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