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'Wrecking ball?' Lee's comments should have gotten ax - but leave Resorts alone, readers say

There are 4 comments on the Press of Atlantic City story from Feb 1, 2009, titled 'Wrecking ball?' Lee's comments should have gotten ax - but leave Resorts alone, readers say. In it, Press of Atlantic City reports that:

Your Jan. 25 front-page article, "Wrecking ball is best way to save Resorts, executive says" is offensive to Atlantic City, the casino industry in general and the hard-working employees of Resorts Atlantic ...

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#1 Feb 1, 2009
'Wrecking ball?' Lee's comments should have gotten ax - but leave Resorts alone, readers say

(Published: Sunday, February 01, 2009)

Your Jan. 25 front-page article, "Wrecking ball is best way to save Resorts, executive says" is offensive to Atlantic City, the casino industry in general and the hard-working employees of Resorts Atlantic City. Moreover, by using a dated quote from 2007 from Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. Chairman Dan Lee, it trivializes a worldwide economic downturn that has hit our city and industry especially hard.

One only needs to look at the empty lot that once housed the Sands Casino Hotel and its 2,100 full- and part-time employees to recognize the seriousness of the downturn and the impact on Atlantic City and the casino industry.

Resorts continues to meet these economic challenges. We were the first casino, and while we remain proud of our heritage, we are excited about our future. Everyone at Resorts remains committed to continue bringing the best service and entertainment experience to our loyal players as well as new ones, now and in the future.

JOHN PASQUALONI

Chief Operating Officer

Resorts Atlantic City

If Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. Chairman Dan Lee thinks Resorts Atlantic City can ever compete with the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, maybe it's better if he does not build in Atlantic City. It is like comparing apples to oranges. Does a clothing store on the Boardwalk try to compete with Macy's? Absolutely not. But they can both co-exist.

Resorts and other properties on the Boardwalk are limited in size mostly because they are built in the city where acquiring property can be very costly. They all have much to offer their guests, like award-winning restaurants, luxurious oceanfront rooms and a friendly atmosphere. The one aspect where Resorts can compete with the Borgata is a fabulous gaming experience. We have a great staff. OK, maybe I'm biased. I have worked at Resorts for 29 years, but many of our customers share my opinions.

Here is a guy who put thousands of Sands Casino Hotel employees out of a job, imploded a building and put up a fence. Just what Atlantic City needs ... another vacant lot. If Atlantic City starts listening to "idea men" like Lee, the only successful business left in Atlantic City will be Sister Jean's Kitchen.

FRANNY IANNELLO

Linwood

Why is The Press quoting the opinion of an executive from a company that destroyed a property, put thousands out of work and then reneged on its promise to build anew?

The article then said that Resorts Atlantic City will not be able to compete with the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. On this premise I agree, but Resorts can compete in this town. There is more than one niche market.

The future may be bleak, but we don't need our home-town paper abetting in the casino's demise.

DAVID KISSINGER

Egg Harbor Township

As Resorts Atlantic City employees for then 30 years, we were very upset when reading your Jan. 25 headline, "Wrecking ball is best way to save Resorts, executive says." Our management team has been keeping the employees updated about the problems we are facing. The headline made us wonder if all the employees at our hotel might be out of jobs. As we read the article, it turns out that you were quoting someone who has no ties to Resorts.

Resorts is struggling like other casinos in Atlantic City, and it's not just because we have an old building. There is a charm and grace to our historic building, and a pride to its employees. If it were not for the vision of Resorts, where would this city be now?

TIM LEWIS

Mays Landing

ED HANNAN

Little Egg Harbor Township

If anyone deserves a wrecking ball, it is Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. Chairman Dan Lee for knocking down the Sands Casino Hotel and not replacing it with the promised mega-casino. And he should take down the billboards implying that they are still building here.

BRUCE T. RAYKIEWICZ

Collings Lakes
Don

Sugarloaf, PA

#2 Feb 1, 2009
Best thing that could happen to ALL of these OLD run down Casinos that offer their Customers NOTHING.Gotta spend money to make money and ALL they do is TAKE.Only the Borgata has the right idea!Harrahs take-over was the downfall of A/C!!!
lena

Suffield, CT

#3 Feb 1, 2009
Don wrote:
Best thing that could happen to ALL of these OLD run down Casinos that offer their Customers NOTHING.Gotta spend money to make money and ALL they do is TAKE.Only the Borgata has the right idea!Harrahs take-over was the downfall of A/C!!!
leave resorts alone is right. they have been doing their best to compete with the others. they are refurbishing their older rooms in one of the hotels. i like the smaller casinos myself. give them a standing chance. i am not happy with the slot payoffs but i still like that casino and hotel.
Sexy Italian Girl

Piscataway, NJ

#4 Feb 1, 2009
lena wrote:
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leave resorts alone is right. they have been doing their best to compete with the others. they are refurbishing their older rooms in one of the hotels. i like the smaller casinos myself. give them a standing chance. i am not happy with the slot payoffs but i still like that casino and hotel.
Hi Lena,
while wrecking ball might be extreme especially to peoples jobs, i think the idea came from how existing casinos are to survive the economy.
When the Borgata came to AC, i was playing blackjack at Ceasers. I remember the dealers and players talking about how the Borgata was stealing all their business.
I guess resorts just doesn't have the glitz, to bring in more young gamblers that AC investors want.
They want every casino to have the Borgata lure.
But it won't work because the casino decline is rooted mainly in the economy, partly the smoking.
Maybe by knocking down all the old casinos they think they can bring in more Borgata type casinos and make AC boom again.
But like many readers said it won't happen, No money for projects, no investors, and gamblers are tapped out.

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