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I happened to be in Atlantic City the other day and it was quite an experience, I can tell you, just looking around. I had in mind the big push in New York, led by Gov. Cuomo, to legalize full-fledged casinos in the name of economic development. Economic development? He ought to go look at Atlantic City. Atlantic City, population 39,558, has 11 casinos, so you would think it must be economically developed to beat ...

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wmarincic
July 15, 2012
5:54 a.m.

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Wow Strock, I agree with you twice in the same year..... People in Casinos look like zombies, gambling addictions are as bad as drugs and like drugs it is the families and kids that suffer.

Gsquare
July 15, 2012
6:04 a.m.

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Strock, you didn't have to go to Atlantic City to witness that. All you needed to do was check out some local OTB's.

FrankLowe
July 15, 2012
8:43 a.m.

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Mr Strock, I agree with your observations, but not your conclusion. I don't gamble, lottery, casino or otherwise. I totally agree that it's a depressing atmosphere, but individuals visit these places of their own free will. It's not up to you, me, or the powers that be to tell others they can't, and if a private entity wants to risk private capital and build one of these dungeons, more power to them.

march84
July 15, 2012
9:22 a.m.

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I think it's disgusting that the state of NY wants to go down this road. Gambling, like drugs and alcohol is an addiction for far too many people and should be discouraged.

JIMOCONNOR
July 15, 2012
10:40 a.m.

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Stop it with the veiled death wishes for yourself

ed186
July 15, 2012
1:35 p.m.

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OMG!! TWICE IN ONE YEAR! Mr.Strock I agree with all the below. You are 100% correct about casinos and economic developement. Could it be big money is behind it and don't give two hootes about economic imporvements in or arround the surrounding area? I only can guess what the crime rate is with 18 percent of unempolyment. I too have been to Alantic City and it is depressing to say the least.

steveg
July 15, 2012
8:23 p.m.

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Another winner of a column (didn't mean the pun when I started to write it)!

Til847
July 16, 2012
9:48 a.m.

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The expressions of people standing in line to deposit $ in bank certainly are different from those using their $ to purchase a "scratch-off"...interesting.

FNG2
July 16, 2012
6:24 p.m.

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It must be so reassuring to know that we have the saratoga raceway and casino.

robbump
July 18, 2012
3:17 p.m.

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@Frank Lowe wrote:"It's not up to you, me, or the powers that be to tell others they can't, and if a private entity wants to risk private capital and build one of these dungeons, more power to them."

I agree completely - but you want to bet that local governments aren't going to subsidize these operations through: tax reductions, obtaining property through eminent domain, or other means?

miketomm
July 31, 2012
5:01 p.m.

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GAMBLING IS A TAX ON IDIOTS - THERE CERTAINLY IS NO SHORTAGE OF THEM.

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