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Neighbors rally against Schenectady casino plan

David Giacalone speaks while residents gather for a rally against a Vegas-style casino in Schenectady at Arthur's Market in the Stockade on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
David Giacalone speaks while residents gather for a rally against a Vegas-style casino in Schenectady at Arthur's Market in the Stockade on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
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Donna Lagone has seen firsthand the damaging effects of gambling. The Schenectady woman, now retired, worked as a substance abuse counselor for 35 years in Las Vegas and on Navajo reservations, among other places. “My area was called secondary abuse, and it was not easy to see a child beaten by its mother or father because of alcohol, drugs and gambling,” she said. “No money, hunger. Is this what we’re doing to our city?” Lagone ...

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JIMOCONNOR
June 8, 2014
8:58 a.m.
(Comment was removed by moderator for not meeting the Daily Gazette's community standards.)
jchilton
June 9, 2014
noon

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Having been born and raised in Schdy, its current state of utter decay is striking. There is absolutely no excuse for not woo-ing, cajoling/begging virtually any business interested in investing their. If yo have a personal issue with gambling, don't gamble.

jchilton
June 9, 2014
12:02 p.m.

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Having been born and raised in Schdy, its current state of utter decay is striking. There is absolutely no excuse for not woo-ing, cajoling/begging virtually any business interested in investing their. If you have a personal issue with gambling, don't gamble.

ChuckD
June 9, 2014
7:10 p.m.

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Can we just drop the tired argument that this creates more addicts and is a danger to society? The legalization of alcohol and now the movement toward legalizing marijuana shows we accept that the vast majority of the population can enjoy these "vices" responsibly. Gambling should be seen in the same light. There will always be a fraction who can't handle it and we have support systems in place for that. It all reminds me of a certain popular musical having to do with pool.
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That said, I think it's equally sad and predictable that the city falls for this quick fix to the economy. Almost every week we hear of businesses now willing to invest in this city. The economy IS improving. Let that grow and lets not get saddled with this less-than-desirable operation that's obviously more a revenue generator for a select few than the economic generator that's being speculated.

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