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There are 10 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jan 20, 2010, titled Legislature takes first step toward West Side casino vote | The.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

An Ohio Senate committee this morning took the first legislative step toward allowing voters to select a new site for the casino that will be built in Columbus.

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Are you serious

Columbus, OH

#1 Jan 20, 2010
Just a I predicted on another comments section, the arguments Grendell and Hagan brought up are going to hamstring this whole process so it never gets through, and to be honest I don't think Penn National cares if it doesn't. Arena District, get ready for your new casino.
West Sider

United States

#2 Jan 20, 2010
I graduated from Westland High School five years ago and thought it was an okay school with some devoted teachers despite the lack of resources. My neighborhood was small but nice enough.
But those experiences have led me to believe that the people of the West Side are well-meaning people struck by the chords of creeping poverty.
Reading comments in prior articles about "West Side scum" and "the West Side deserves a crappy casino" leave me disheartened. Once I began going to college, I quickly realized how few options we had at Westland compared to the North Face-wearing kids who went to nice schools like Dublin and UA. And yet I was proud of going to that school and the resulting demeanor of the students (not snobby, proud to be working-class and work hard for everything).

Basically, what I mean is that the West Side deserves something, anything, that might help its citizens have jobs and feel proud of themselves. Its people want to work, but when you're surrounded by defunct car dealerships and the shell of a once-great mall, it's tough. Hopefully this casino will help the area come back and become what it was not too long ago.
Geg Kuertz

Westerville, OH

#3 Jan 20, 2010
Who owns the Delphi plant and are they willing to sell or has an agreement already been reached
Joe

Cincinnati, OH

#4 Jan 20, 2010
"Sen. Timothy J. Grendell, R-Chesterland, voted against the resolution. He said he didn't have a problem with what the amendment does, but rather what it doesn't do. By not also taking a crack at what he termed the "woefully low permit fee and tax rate" that was approved as part of Issue 3 in November, Grendell said it appeared lawmakers were giving it their blessing."

Grendell is absolutely correct in his assessment that the permit fees and tax rate written into Issue 3 by the gambling industry proponents were "woefully low". The Penn National group served up a crap sandwich and the (largely uninformed) voters of Ohio bit it. Now the Ohio legislature should do the right thing and protect Ohio taxpayers by correcting the deficiencies in the bill.
WowSham

Hilliard, OH

#5 Jan 20, 2010
It is all about the pork chop behind the back. The voters voted to let them build a Casino in Columbus. The snot nose people in the Arena District do not want it in their back yard.
Lets move it to the West side & we can always annex into Columbus to make it all legal.
What a bunch of corrupt lawyers & elected officials we have!
They are all scum sucking bottom of the pond carp!Just my opinion of course!
sad 4 humanity

Lewis Center, OH

#6 Jan 20, 2010
Joe come on now our local law enforcemnt and Ohio residents said its a good idea i saw it on the t.v. Are you trying to tell me the t.v. lied OMG I dont believe that there could be anything false on t.v. Ill wait for the jedi to hitch a ride on Enterprise they can pick up Matlock and sort it all out in an hour .

The average person thinks what ever the heck they want they may or may not be dopey enough to believe what an actor gets paid to say . The fact is if they think they ever might got to a casino then they voted yes . It doesnt matter to them what the casino will do . But even a dope cant believe they are going to hand over half a billion dollars a year like the t.v. ads lead everyone to believe , unless they are planning on taking out 10 times as much .
Are you serious

Columbus, OH

#7 Jan 20, 2010
Joe wrote:
Grendell is absolutely correct in his assessment that the permit fees and tax rate written into Issue 3 by the gambling industry proponents were "woefully low". The Penn National group served up a crap sandwich and the (largely uninformed) voters of Ohio bit it. Now the Ohio legislature should do the right thing and protect Ohio taxpayers by correcting the deficiencies in the bill.
Maybe, but they should do it in a separate amendment. Lumping Grendell (and Hagan)'s proposals into what should be a simple amendment all but guarantees that what should be a slam dunk will become a toss up at best. Don't confuse the issue.
Secret Steve

Columbus, OH

#8 Jan 20, 2010
sad 4 humanity wrote:
Joe come on now our local law enforcemnt and Ohio residents said its a good idea i saw it on the t.v. Are you trying to tell me the t.v. lied OMG I dont believe that there could be anything false on t.v. Ill wait for the jedi to hitch a ride on Enterprise they can pick up Matlock and sort it all out in an hour .
The average person thinks what ever the heck they want they may or may not be dopey enough to believe what an actor gets paid to say . The fact is if they think they ever might got to a casino then they voted yes . It doesnt matter to them what the casino will do . But even a dope cant believe they are going to hand over half a billion dollars a year like the t.v. ads lead everyone to believe , unless they are planning on taking out 10 times as much .
What the heck are you talking about??
dallas

United States

#9 Jan 20, 2010
I voted "no" on casinos in Ohio, but the "yes" vote won - so - let's make the best of a bad thing. I think the Delphi location is the best place if it is OK with the people in the area. I'm sick of government ramming things down our throats. The state practically gave the permits away and only to "the chosen few".
C-Bus-Veteran

Blacklick, OH

#10 Jan 21, 2010
Relax people, it will never pass.
Penn National know that it won't pass, they just playing along to make people feel like they're part of the community. So just sit back and watch.
they will have to go back to the Arena District.
can't wait to see what those knuckle heads in the AD have to say after that.

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