Comment 86239

By slodrive (registered) | Posted February 13, 2013 at 10:23:21

First off, while it may be unpopular, I would like to commend PJ Mercanti's passion for the city. I do believe that, while it is a profitable proposition for him, he believes it will better the community. I have lots of time for people like that -- despite my opposition to his position.

What does really bother me is the insinuation that a small group with a 'hidden agenda' are behind derailing the Casino effort. The evidence and academic opinion that present solid points against a Casino are far to logical to simply dismiss. Trivializing that is dirty pool.

Anecdotally, many of those I talk to who do support the Casino simply state, "I like to go to Casinos - this would be more convenient." After hearing the reasons why I am against it, on more than a few occasions the Casino supporters reply is simply that they haven't really given much thought to any of the negative effects.

To me, there's an insight there. To adequately debate this, one has to detach themselves from their memories of some wild bender night where they broke even at a Casino. I'm getting the sense that some are having a hard time doing that.

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