Sunday, May 17, 2009


Mohegans set up shop in Palmer

Mohegans open storefront office inPalmer

Updated: Friday, 15 May 2009, 10:32 PM EDTPublished : Friday, 15 May 2009, 10:00 PM EDT
Barry Kriger

PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) - It's not a casino, but Mohegan Sun has set up shop in downtown Palmer. The Mohegans will formally open the doors to a storefront office on Main Street Monday morning. The Connecticut Casino Tribe hopes to open a destination gaming resort in Palmer. 22News found one casino supporter who thinks this move might be premature on the part of the tribe. "They haven't made any serious moves yet. To put an office in the center of town already is kind of a big step," said Nicholas Johnson of Palmer. The Mohegans' storefront office officially opens Monday morning at 11. It will serve as a place where locals can learn more about the Mohegans' plans for Palmer and western Massachusetts.

EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: Could this be another bad deal for the Mohegan Tribe? Look at the numbers, a $100 million to possibly higher than $250 million license fee. Can we afford that? What about a $500 million to $1 Billion dollar 600 room hotel destination resort casino? Can we afford that? Are the executives at the MTGA looking at our numbers?

Early Sunday morning (Saturday night), business at the Mohegan Sun was terrible.. Are the Tribal Councilors (the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority) looking for a quick fix (the Palmer project) for terrible business decisions, they have made over the years?

Are the Tribal Councilors, trying anything to get re-elected? Do these people need to go?? Do we need new blood? Look at the MTGA's record, over the years. It is terrible. I wouldn't want to defend their record. They have failed us. Now they are looking at Palmer, is it another Pocono Downs, that won't make us (the Mohegan Tribe) any money? Should we be doing this? What do you think?

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