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October 22, 2009


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Now I've got that Abba song stuck in my head. Thanks a lot!

Suzy Homemaker

Your analysis is a bit facile.

The "gift" from the State is to offset increased expenses flowing from hosting a video lottery racino at the harness track. The increased traffic flow has a concomitant increase in crime, traffic safety, fire, ambulance, etc.

Niagara, Erie, Cattaraugas, Franklin and Saint Lawrence counties all share in the revenue from Indian gaming facilities, why shouldn't localities hosting racinos be similarly situated?

Bob Conner

If racinos are not worthwhile without public subsidy, then neither the state nor local governments should be encouraging them. The rest of your argument boils down to this: Other communities float in the state's gravy train, so why can't we? The reason is that the gravy's gone dry.

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