R.I. Casino Grows Nearer To A Reality

R.I. Casino Grows Nearer To A Reality

There are 30 comments on the The Day story from Jun 12, 2006, titled R.I. Casino Grows Nearer To A Reality. In it, The Day reports that:

A columnist once wrote that Rhode Island would have a casino only over the dead bodies of the entire editorial staff of The Providence Journal and everyone in the state who opposed gambling.

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Jim in West warwick

United States

#1 Jun 23, 2006
Chicgao Sun Times Illnois will become the frist state to require casinos to check potential pattons'inentification cards in a effort to keep compusive gamblers from feeding their addictions,gaming regulatora announced thursday 6/23/06 This is where Rhode Island is heading
JamesJ

Saunderstown, RI

#2 Jul 29, 2006
Very disingenuous heading, Jim in WW (from Cranston?)! RI HAS a casino, two in fact. However, the Harragansett Casino will be a dead issue in a few months.

I have faith in my fellow voters and they will see what a stinking rotten deal this is. Oh wait, there is NO DEAL!!! Not to mention defacing the State Constitution simply to favor a private enterprize.
JoeL Providence RI

North Providence, RI

#3 Aug 4, 2006
OUR State does not need a Casino, as it didn't need
a Convention Center - with a three month summer season.
What will be the TOTAL COST - all direct & indirect
expenditures - of the Casino to the cities,towns &
state budgets & Capital Budgets.
mary ann landlady

AOL

#4 Aug 10, 2006
hello I just wanted to let you know why I and several people in the Bradford RI area will vote no in Nov.
I rented to 2 narragansetts Indians and there children I am a landlord and I was told if the couple should fall back and not pay there rent the tribe would help. well I had 5 months of hell
and 12 police reports and a mess when they finally left. and I talked to several members of the tribal council and twice I tried to talk to the chief. I got no where these people left owing me 2 months rent and a septic bill plus there half of the water bill and the mess they left my apt in was horrible I have pic's to prove this all total they owed me a little over 3000 dollars plus I was in danger of losing my home that I lived in for 18 yrs. the chief would not even return my calls so as of the end of this week I will be putting in the opinion page of all RI papers my story I will also be putting huge signs on my property saying vote no on the casino. also I am going to let other landlords know if they think that they will get their money when they rent. they are in for a nightmare. I am now behind in my mortgage because of these people. my family and me are disabled. I am also going to talk to the newspaper to see if they will run a human interest story so that everyone in RI knows what happen to me can happen to anyone in RI and I am not discrimating against the narragasetts. my mother is full blooded black foot Indian. I am also telling everyone I meet what they did to me. and it seems like the chief could care less that they left owing me money I had to go to court to win part of the money now I have to go back to court to win the other half. then to try to attach wages it has left me with the feeling it would be real bad to have a casino in RI with them. if you would like to see the pic's let me know.
Mary Ann almeida
Bradford
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Mebane, NC

#5 Aug 16, 2006
mary ann landlady wrote:
hello I just wanted to let you know why I and several people in the Bradford RI area will vote no in Nov.
I rented to 2 narragansetts Indians and there children I am a landlord and I was told if the couple should fall back and not pay there rent the tribe would help. well I had 5 months of hell
and 12 police reports and a mess when they finally left. and I talked to several members of the tribal council and twice I tried to talk to the chief. I got no where these people left owing me 2 months rent and a septic bill plus there half of the water bill and the mess they left my apt in was horrible I have pic's to prove this all total they owed me a little over 3000 dollars plus I was in danger of losing my home that I lived in for 18 yrs. the chief would not even return my calls so as of the end of this week I will be putting in the opinion page of all RI papers my story I will also be putting huge signs on my property saying vote no on the casino. also I am going to let other landlords know if they think that they will get their money when they rent. they are in for a nightmare. I am now behind in my mortgage because of these people. my family and me are disabled. I am also going to talk to the newspaper to see if they will run a human interest story so that everyone in RI knows what happen to me can happen to anyone in RI and I am not discrimating against the narragasetts. my mother is full blooded black foot Indian. I am also telling everyone I meet what they did to me. and it seems like the chief could care less that they left owing me money I had to go to court to win part of the money now I have to go back to court to win the other half. then to try to attach wages it has left me with the feeling it would be real bad to have a casino in RI with them. if you would like to see the pic's let me know.
Mary Ann almeida
Bradford
I stay out of the rental business because there are too many idiots in the world who want to take advantage of others...especially in RI.
ashamed

North Scituate, RI

#6 Sep 11, 2006
ok first off, i am against the casino, but what you are saying is nothing more than prejudice and stereotyping. because a few members of the narr. tribe caused you problems as renters, you are going to vote against a casino run by their tribe?? so if i had caucasians who cost me money, should i boycott every business run by them? or how about asians, blacks or hispanics? this is typical, ignorant rhode island mentality at work
Leslie

Needham, MA

#7 Sep 12, 2006
Want the casino?

PPAC (Providence Performing arts) will close
Trinity Rep will close
Dunkin Donut center will close
Ryan center will close
none of these can compete with a casino and the type of entertainment they bring in
Lincoln Park & Newport will close - that generates a lot more % per dollar for revenues for the state
the real estate market in the towns right around the casino will tank - known fact - look at other places where they have built a casino - people dont want to live near all that
Healthcare costs will increase (RI Hopsital already has started a gambling addiction rehab)
Traffic from out-of-stater's will increase, sarling our already busy highway

but the indians will make a lot of dough.....
Tom Bobrowski

United States

#8 Sep 14, 2006
The only 'loser' with the Harrah's casino would be the status quo. If you're happy with the economy as is, vote no. Here in NWI we've had five casinos for a little over a decade, and I can tell you they've been a net positive. A savior? No. Nothing is. If all of the dire consequences you list come to fruition as a result of the casino, it makes the case for some horribly bad business decisions by public-minded entities. Same fears here in NWI a decade ago, but nothing has closed other than those businesses that couldn't make it in the new economy. On the upside, we've got two new semi-pro sports teams, a new baseball stadium, and the major problem is the generally sloppy public spending of greater than projected casino revenues. It's a better problem to have than not enough $$$ to go around.
Native

Allentown, PA

#9 Sep 17, 2006
Casinos don't benefit all indians it depends on the tribe so whatever myths you've heard their false we're not all prospering from casinos , as far as where they should be i think they shouldn't be near Neighborhoods but natives should have the right to have them off reservations, just like other business owners who build malls,resturants etc.. they have the right to build their business anywhere they want so why can't indians?
Paul Scorpio

Providence, RI

#10 Sep 23, 2006
I hope question 1 in November's general election is once and for all soundly defeated.
Not because we do not need a casiNO but because the Indian's want to rewrite our constitution to give them exclusivity rights to a casiNO.
If question 1 should pass for some reason, it should mean anyone, the Indian's, Caesar's, or Donald Trump should have to bid on the rights to a casiNO and we should not just be giving exclusive rights to a casiNO to the Indian's.
And in case people are not aware of this, besides the $5 million the Indian's receive in Federal Government monies every year, our Governor earlier this year passed legislation giving them 5% of the slot machine intake from the VLT's at Lincoln Park each month. What???
As far as Leslie's comments a few posts earlier, people always say this will close and that will close and I ask, why is a place in Providence or Pawtucket going to close because a casiNO is built 15-20 miles away.
PPAC will not close; Trinity will not close; The Dunk and the Ryan Center's will not close; Lincoln and Newport will not close.
None of these places will close because they have nothing to do with the casiNO.
PPAC and Trinity are very intimate with respect to the performers and patrons being so up close to each other and having that personable feeling to it and patrons are usually attending a show after eating at a Down City or Federal Hill restaurant so why are they going to drive 15 miles away after having a nice meal at a nice elegant restaurant?
The Dunk and the Ryan Center's are renovated and new respectively and both have quality basketball teams as their tenants in the Providence Friars from the Big East and the Rhody Rams from the Atlantic 10 as well as the Dunk having the NHL's Boston Bruins AHL farm team Providence Bruins. The casiNO will not host B-ball or hockey.
Lincoln and Newport will not go anywhere because you have people who like a casiNO and those who prefer the quaintness of video terminals and cannot or do not want to drive 15-25 miles to West Warwick.
Not for nothing but, the real estate in the surrounding area, with the ecxeption of East Greenwich, has een in the tank for years now so a casiNO will not make it any worse.
Healthcare will increase how? Hundreds of people might get callouses on their palms from pulling the handles maybe?
Rhode Island has had gambling anon meetings around the state just like al-anon and nar-anon groups for over 10 years now, so.
Do we go back to Prohibition and forbid alcohol? Do we tell an ADULT who should know better anyway don't do drugs?
Where does it all stop with big brother?
If someone wants to think spending his nest egg or social security check will give them millions and all that happens is they lose their homes, then, so be it.
It seems only the people who can't afford to spend money are the one's who waste money so, oh well, it would $uck to be them.
Lamar Hedgley

United States

#11 Oct 2, 2006
HARRAH'S TO THE TOP! VOTE YES ON QUESTION #1! NOTHING BETTER THAN A CASINO FOR R.I.!
Jim in West warwick wrote:
Chicgao Sun Times Illnois will become the frist state to require casinos to check potential pattons'inentification cards in a effort to keep compusive gamblers from feeding their addictions,gaming regulatora announced thursday 6/23/06 This is where Rhode Island is heading
Rhonda- West Greenwich

Providence, RI

#12 Oct 12, 2006
I hope that everyone will take a step backwards and really think about how to vote. Is increased crime, traffic and 3 million more tourists really going to increase your quality of life?
Sean

Warwick, RI

#13 Oct 16, 2006
Fck quality of life. Statistics show that Casinos increase property value because casinos provide high paying jobs and thats what makes people move- Good Jobs! Wages in general will increase because companies will have to compete with uke casino's wages.

Vote yes - dont listen to these geeks!
amy

Cranston, RI

#15 Nov 1, 2006
well...i think paul scorpio ^^^ i contradicting himself. he says he votes NO but when i read his comment it seemed like he supported the casino. how they were saying PPAC, Trinity, Dunkin, etc would close and he said it wouldnt effect them. i dunno. but im voting YES to more jobs and $$ for RI.
Rich

Westerly, RI

#20 Nov 6, 2006
The money the state gets is supposed to help with property tax relief. Since over one-third of Rhode Islanders rent, they will not benefit directly. I really don't foresee a huge reduction in rental rates by landlords passing on the savings. They are in the business of making money, after all. Perhaps an across the board reduction in income tax would be fair for all who contribute to the funding of the state.
danielle

United States

#21 Nov 7, 2006
i was all for the casino till i read stuff on it. Why is it called an Indian casino if it's on non reservation land? why should they get a perk for that? why not amend the constiton to say gambling isn't illegal anymore and let company open a casino? sounds like the indians are trying to get one over on the state as well as the harrah's people are exploting the Indians.

i don't go to the lincoln park or newport now, they aren't going to lose my business but i don't go cause they are not anything fun and the Politicians are in bed with them. that's not a good thing in my mind. they pay to get their way in government. so i won't vote for the casino BUT NOT TO PROTECT lincoln and newport. if i want to watch a reciept out of a machine i'll go to an ATM, my odds are better there anyway.
Fred

AOL

#22 Nov 7, 2006
VOTE NO ON THE CASINO !! WHen you see how bad they are scamming you you will wish you had Voted No..
Carmen

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#23 Nov 7, 2006
Please vote no to the casino. The only benefits go to the tribes not to the taxpayers
Steve

Coventry, RI

#24 Nov 8, 2006
Carmen wrote:
Please vote no to the casino. The only benefits go to the tribes not to the taxpayers
Actually, the tribes weren't even slated to get diddly-do if this disaster had gone through. 95% of it would have gone right into Harrah's deep pockets, and I'm sure a big bonus for Sachem there. For all the times they referred to this as "THE NARRAGANSETT INDIAN CASINO~!", they conveniently forgot to tell us that it's not an Indian casino. They could put in a bid to buy this casino from Harrah's though... in Fifteen years! Luckily, people were smart enough to see through their deceptive ads and voted this horrible idea down. It's since been reported that they have no plans to come back to our state with any other proposals. Nice job, Rhode Island!
Nancy from Warwick

United States

#25 Nov 10, 2006
What idiots you are --- all of the ones that voted down the Casino! Lincoln Almond and his Save the State losers -- did a great injustice to the people of RI -- companies are closing and moving their businesses to other States - restaurants are closing - because people can't afford to go out to eat --- and here you people are blaming the Narragansett Indians for a number of issues (rentals???- you could have gotten taken for a ride by a white person - a Spanish person - why mention this particular ethnic group??). I only hope that the Narragansett Indians and the supporters that continue to hope for the best for RI will be successful in getting their casino on their own land --- and the State will get ZIP -- it's land that is theirs and controlled by the Federal Government -- not STATE --- and who loses then - the RI taxpayers - there will be no tax break --- and it will serve RIanders who didn't care to vote to help this State right --- that justice for you!

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