No question, casino rejected

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Nancy from Warwick

United States

#1 Nov 8, 2006
I think the voters of RI did the Narragansett Indians, Harrah's, and themselves a great injustice by not allowing the Casino to take place. What other business is going to invest such a large amount of money in this small State? None! The anti-casino people should hang their heads in shame for achieving their "goal" by stopping the casino - and the jobs that would have become available. Their scare tactics of crime happening, property values being lowered, and children being effected as a result of a casino being built, just goes to show you the mentality of these people. If you look at Lincoln and Newport - both of which are "low-end" casinos - there are high-end houses being built just outside Lincoln's gates ---- crime --- its everywhere not only where the casinos are built. And school children being effected --- really ---- what child do you know goes to a casino?????? Again --- the only losers in this issue were the RI taxpayers --- I wonder why there was never an mention of the underhanded slippage clause that no one knew about or voted on - at least the Narragansett Indians (Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas) and Harrah's was upfront --- can't say the same for everyone (including Lincoln Almond)!
Mountain Laurel

Wilmington, MA

#2 Nov 10, 2006
I agree with Nancy, the poster above. Very few large employers want to establish themselves in RI because it's difficult to do business here. The businesses that have set up here, the financial services and pharma industries jobs, require a level of knowledge and skill that not everyone can aspire too. So, many of the technical jobs are filled by folks from out of state. That leaves service industry occupations, and a wasteland of entry level retail jobs. Unless, of course you have cronies for connections
People are leaving this state. Why do you think 95 North is such a mess every morning of the week? What new bridge did our towns buy to make the assessed values jump sky high over the past 2-3 years? The lack of foresight by the people in power in RI is reflected in our high property taxes. But, what else is new?

I am not surprised about the negative commenst being posted about gambling, casinos, the narragansetts and anything related. But if people really really feel the need to slam the Narragansetts, remember, in 1988, Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Google it. It allowed Foxwoods to be built. The Narragansetts deserve the right to establish a gaming facility under Federal Law. Go ahead and keep waving cars down 95 to the CT casinos. It's your gamble.

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