Letter to the Editor from Robert Kraft: "Casino" Proposal in Foxborough

A letter to the editor from Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group, Robert K. Kraft.

Letter to the Editor:

I first started doing business in Foxborough more than 25 years ago. Since then, my family and I have tried to build and create businesses that add value and enhance the Town. In addition to our business activities, I have strived to be a charitable member of the community and have built lasting friendships. My family and I have very much enjoyed our relationship with the Town. If nothing else, I hope that my 25-year history here has established a strong track record of doing what we’ve said we would do.

Regarding the proposal for a “casino” in Foxborough, I can understand why some people may be opposed to it. When the concept was first raised, I was opposed, too, but I listened.  What I heard is that Wynn Resorts would build a unique destination resort and convention center that would attract visitors from across the globe to spend time and money in this community. The “casino” component would be a small piece of the overall square footage. The resort would not resemble the conceptions people (myself included) have of what constitutes a “casino."

It is personally troubling to me that some are questioning my sincerity regarding whether I believe the proposed resort would be a positive for the Town. I am not motivated to do anything that would devalue the character of the community in which my family has chosen to invest the majority of our assets.

The Town Manager and others have said that Foxborough is facing budgetary issues. It was for that reason that the Town recently approved a new meals tax and split the tax rate to increase the property tax on businesses. Decisions like these make it harder to attract new businesses to the Town, but municipalities all over Massachusetts and the country are making these very difficult decisions due to the need to generate revenue. The Town may decide that this destination resort could be a revenue solution or it may decide that it is not the right solution. I feel strongly, though, that every voter deserves the right to hear the specifics of what the resort would look like and what the economic impact would be before making that decision. That is the democratic process by which all important decisions should be made. 

It concerns me that in these uncertain economic times some do not want to allow their fellow citizens the right to hear a proposal. All Foxborough residents should have the opportunity to see a proposal and provide feedback.  If it’s not right for Foxborough, they will vote it down, but the proposal should be heard and the democratic process should be followed.

To the communities surrounding Foxborough, I understand that a proposal without details is a matter of concern. Please understand that I believe this is a regional economic development opportunity that will be a positive for all, and that Wynn Resorts will address your concerns moving forward.


Robert K. Kraft

Chairman and CEO

The Kraft Group

Amy January 02, 2012 at 09:20 PM
"Janet" is some teenage boy.
Janet Kennedy January 02, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Amy I was at that meeting and spoke . Go look at the tape. Stop spreading lies
Amy January 02, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Look like this thread is done. We had some interesting dialogue and accomplished alot over the past month. It was nice to see that people made their own yard signs after theirs have been stolen. I sure most of us are happy that round one (out of many matches) has been won with this disastrous casino thing. Until the next debate.......Hopefully it won't have plants and people having a bit of fun messing with others. But, that is just a New years wish. Hope 2012 is a great year for everyone!
Janet Kennedy January 02, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Amy you need to say sorry to me. What you said was very untrue about me.
Buck Farack January 02, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Amy, just because you're not paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you ; )
Janet Kennedy January 02, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Buck who is amy
Buck Farack January 03, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Janet, she's the Joe McCarthy of the Patch who has taken it upon herself to inform us simple villagers who the pro casino plants are. In the beginning her posts were exclusively claims about people being plants and admonishing us not to reply to them or we would be helping their cause. There was a brief period where she actually posted some anti-casino arguments but now she's back to the ad hominem attacks & outing the alleged plants. Click on her name & follow her posts, you'll see.
John January 03, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Amy I am so glad you're on the Anti-casino side. You belong there.
John January 03, 2012 at 12:47 AM
is Janet Sroczynski serious? Tell me she is... it just makes it that much more funny!! I love this group.
Amy January 03, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Ahh Buck, very funny. I was just making fun of Janet K because her recent posts were a bit juvenile. I know she's a real person. Guys, can't you take a joke?
Janet Sroczynski January 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
This wonderful email thread, has the makings of a great sit-com. I do so hope the younger generation is paying attention. Woven with wit and dry humor. With such high unemployment, it would be great to see something good come of it.
Janet Kennedy January 03, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Buck Thanks I still think she should say sorry to me. May be she is really is working with the other casino's making sure it goes in Boston
Buck Farack January 04, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Yeah, and I'm the President... oh wait... I AM!
Amy January 04, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Janet K, that was uncalled for, you really need to say you're sorry. lol.... I'll introduce myself at the next selectmens meeting and give you a personal apology, I know what you look like....until the next debate
Janet Sroczynski January 04, 2012 at 01:55 PM
As you plan not only Foxboro's future, but the future of other people elsewhere around the country, understanding the following concept is key. Take the time to read, research. A link to get you started is found here: "Generation X" - 1)http://legalcareers.about.com/od/particetips/a/GenerationX.htm. "The Generation (X) marks the period of birth decline after the baby boom and is significantly smaller than previous and succeeding generations." Understanding that concept, is key. Especially when it comes to the labor market. Read further articles on the topic.
Janet Sroczynski January 04, 2012 at 02:11 PM
If the above link does not come up, try search words: "Generation After Baby Boomers Birth Statistics Job Market" - and the above article by Sally Kane from About.com/legalcareers should pop up from the search engines. In part it states: "Generation X encompasses the 44 to 50 million Americans born between 1965 and 1980. This generation marks the period of birth decline after the baby boom and is significantly smaller than previous and succeeding generations. To reach Sally Kane by email, the article lists her c/o legalcareers.guide@about.com. Generation X as it relates to the Labor Market.
Janet Kennedy January 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Janet S Thanks for the interesting reading
Janet Sroczynski January 06, 2012 at 03:57 PM
"Tivmomof2" - A 2-page formal, written complaint has been filed by me against you, and it remains on file at both police departments, Easton and Tiverton, Rhode Island police departments. You are crazy. The school department in Easton also has a copy of that 2-page written complaint that I filed against you, due to the excessive threats you made against both me, my son, and your criminal stalking behavior that you have engaged in involving my family, including my husband. I suggest you stop. Associate Justice/Judge Melanie Wilk Thunberg in Newport County, Rhode Island also has a copy of my 2-page written complaint that I filed against you, and the Attorney General's Office in Massachusetts, Martha Coakley...will be receiving a copy as well. You are a criminal stalker. And appropriate steps are being taken to find you, and get you the professional help that you need. It is unwise to be threatening people, the way you did, especially me and my son. Where do you work? Real estate in Tiverton, Rhode Island? Oh really? Does your employer know what you are up to? They will. Get yourself professional help. I noticed you were kicked off the Easton Patch as well.
John January 06, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Janet S, really??
John January 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
don't accuse someone of being crazy unless you want charges pressed against you for slander.
Buck Farack January 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM
John, you can't "press charges" for slander simply because you called an anonymous online person crazy.
John January 06, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I was being sarcastic
Amy January 06, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I can't wrap my head around this one.
Born and Raised in the Tiv January 07, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Janet, sorry to say, but you are a complete nincompoop!! Did I spell that right or will you be correcting my grammar later on!!!! STFU and stick to the topic at hand!!! Leave the drama for yo mama and let people have rational adult discussions on their own!!! I suggest you take a buck and a half, go down to your local coffee shop and see if anyone gives a crap about what you have to say!! I am replying to this thread because it is the only one that hasn't been closed due to your exessive comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Born and Raised in the Tiv January 07, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Buck Farack, clever name! Isn't freedom of speech the reason you can legally spout off your BS on anyone's posts regardless of what they are about??
Janet Kennedy January 11, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Hi went to the meeting tonight Amy never showed up to sorry to me.
Dennis Naughton January 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
The above dialogue is one of the best examples I've seen to demonstrate why representative democracy is better than direct democracy.
Amy January 11, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Janet K, I guess I am not really sorry ;( Seriously, I've got kids so it's hard to get out. I will be there for any type of vote, or fabulous, dazzling presentation, even if I have to take them with me.
Amy January 11, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Dennis, you are right. Janet K should run so she can demand apologies when people boo casino advocates at the meetings.
Janet Kennedy January 11, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Amy not very nice. Dennis how come you didn't go?Like I have said I just want to hear what they have to say about the Casino. Just remember 3 selectmen many years ago made a mistake about a concert. and a lease .


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