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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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By Rob Meltzer
June 9, 2013 6:16 p.m.



The Massachusetts legislature needs to pass a law requiring ad hoc groups to post bonds when the ad hoc group exists for the purposes of denying developers their lawful rights. It has become a primary tool of such groups to use the courts to stop lawful projects, knowing that years of delay will more than likely kill a project. We’ve seen this with the proposed fat farm in Framingham, as well as everywhere else in Massachusetts. The most egregious example is the declaration by towns like Holliston, Hopkinton and Ashland, who have created an ad hoc group to stop a Milford casino. As the MWDN has reported, opponents of the casino in Milford hope to drag out the project for decades, in the hope that it will cause the developer to throw in the towel. Well, the Milford casino is desperately needed for jobs, the economy and infrastructure improvement, and the power of towns like Holliston, Hopkinton and Ashland (which, quite frankly, as glorified trailer park communities are hardly in a position to criticize Milford, or Everett, where these NIMBYs think casinos do belong) is simply unconscionable. The natural solution is simple–make these folks put up a bond, so that if, 20 years from now, it turns out that they had no legal basis for obstruction, and harm has been caused, then the developer has some right of recourse. In the case of the casino, a one billion dollar bond is probably in order. Surely, that’s not too much to ask. Allowing puritanical zealots to stop wise development requires a remedy and a recourse. Go ahead, NIMBY ites, and sue a developer, but put your money where your collective mouths are.

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