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February 22, 2014

CHEERS — To reducing polling locations. The Gloversville Enlarged School District is considering reducing the number of district polling places utilized during budget votes and school board elections....

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Feb-23-14 11:33 PM

The Obama administration warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday not to react too aggressively to the fast-moving developments in Ukraine, where pro-Western demonstrators forced the nation’s Moscow-backed president from power over the weekend. So what will he do? if his prior actions are any indication, NOT A SINGLE THING! Another RED LINE statement?

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Feb-23-14 10:54 AM

So noted "Barbiejane"

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Feb-23-14 10:09 AM

Don't forget the racino at Vernon Downs. They even have a hotel now, just like Turning Stone.

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Feb-23-14 5:39 AM

You're right about not injecting Religion into the issue as God is a gambler too, but more often than not He throws the dice where we can't see them.

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Feb-22-14 8:08 PM

There are many downsides to a casino as pointed out by Jean Leonard in her letter to the editor on Feb. 14. The only point she made that I disagree with is how she injected religion into it near the end of the letter. She mentioned that there is high unemployment in Atlantic city and that there are planned bailouts for Casinos in Maryland. I believe part of the problem is that we may be getting too many such operations. There is Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, A Racino in Saratoga Springs and west of Binghamton as well as Turning Stone near Utica. The competition from these areas are probably encouraging those who wish to gamble to stay closer to home now that these other options are available. Massachusetts is looking into approving such an operation in Springfield. How many of these could survive in the northeast region? Las Vegas is down, while some of it may be the economy, a lot of it may people going to similar facilities closer to home all over the nation.

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Feb-22-14 5:20 PM

Gambling has been embraced by the state as a source of revenue. Although it preys indiscriminately, it's main prey is the poor. True economic development should bring opportunity and hope, a chance to improve the quality of life, the quality of life for all, especially those that already struggle. True economic development provides employment that has positive accomplishment.Drug addiction, alcoholism, and gambling addiction are all very real and although they all provide some employment, society suffers as a whole because of them.

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Feb-22-14 11:14 AM

The 'House' always wins. Let the Indians keep the Casinos, there's a certain poetic justice in the whole thing that appeals to me.

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Feb-22-14 10:15 AM

I wonder if the Montgomery county casino will increase the residents of Gloversville or just draw the welfare money south to lose? If something is immoral and illegal to do, why is a state run gambling ring a better idea? Who do you think is going to get rich? Just a hint... It isn't going to be any of us...

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Feb-22-14 8:53 AM

Why not Montgomery County for the casino? This is were they all move to so they can get their welfare and what else do they have to do all day but spend it at the casino, get a job? what for. Yes Montgomery County needs the tax revenue but the trouble that is coming with a casino we do not need.

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Feb-22-14 8:12 AM

Perhaps the motto will be - "Gambling Surrounded by Ghetto - Atlantic City Junior".

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Feb-22-14 8:08 AM

Regarding the decreasing of polling places--since the school district counts the votes it will be one more thing to make it easier for their employees. Fewer people needed to make sure that "their" voters show up.

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Feb-22-14 7:39 AM

This right up there with 'a dollar and a dream'. The promise of instant wealth overpowers the imagination and common sense. If you REALLY want to give away your money and put it to good use, skip the middleman (Casinos), stop by your County Tax Assessors office and write a check for a few hundred dollars. That would help a lot better PLUS you'd be saving money by risking less in the Casino!!

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Feb-22-14 7:08 AM

A casino? And what exactly will we show them as the reason for putting a casino in Amsterdam? The dysfunctional Mayor and Council that cant tell us if their checking account is balanced or who will be the golf pro?? The East End? Union Street? The awful condition of the streets? The empty houses? The burdensome tax rate? The low graduation rate at Amsterdam High? The bridge to nowhere? Yes I am sure a casino operator would be very impressed with Amsterdam and the opportunity to sink their money into that wasteland. NOT!

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