A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’ But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’ And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall

These are the lyrics that end one of Bob Dylan’s powerful classic songs from the 1960’s.

They might as well be about what this city is facing as the Gaming Commission determines the future for Everett.

The investigation now underway and the findings to follow, and the legally binding orders to be issued about the future of the Wynn Resorts development here are perhaps among the most important and binding issues facing the project and the city.

For the city, the project means just about everything having to do about the future here. The gambit to casino gambling led by the mayor is turning out to be a long winding road rather than something simple and easy. Is this an effort that ends happily and easily with a road paved with gold bricks leading to the casino? It is anyone’s guess.

The trials and tribulations of Wynn Resorts, who, it appears, is likely to have its license taken from it by the Gaming Commission, cannot be magnified enough as to their potential of causing this city an earthquake of sorts, a deep rumble right now that is going to morph into quite a tumbler.

Everything that looked solid about this casino project now appears to be in question.

Everything in question could have a ruinous effect on the city, its treasury, the taxpayers, and everyone else living in our city.

So we wait for the Gaming Commission who has said its investigation will end in the summer. For such an important investigation it seems like an interminably long wait.

Everything is on the table right now. The city is like a gambler with its chips stacked at the center of the card table and everyone else with their chips stacked there as well, all awaiting the card dealer’s last round of cards with the winner taking it all away.

That’s some situation for the city to find itself in, isn’t it? Indeed it is.

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