Casino will attract prostitution rings to Schenectady
If the Schenectady City Council moves ahead to authorize a casino, it would be well advised to find a way simultaneously to decriminalize prostitution.
Corporation-controlled gambling goes hand-in-glove with illegal, gangland-controlled, big-money prostitution.
We'd do better to stick with penny-ante poker and private entrepreneur streetwalkers, so to speak.
Time to rally against airport expansion
As you may be aware, the Saratoga County Airport has proposed three options for expanding the airport. This expansion has serious opposition from the surrounding neighborhoods due to hundreds of people who will lose their homes and financial security.
One proposal, put forth as a "compromise," also seizes family homes and destroys even more acres of wildlife habitat. Finally, the "No Build" proposal includes the acquisition of several acres of homeowner property and is telling the newly renovated nonprofit Gateway House of Peace (Hospice) it has to move.
A group of neighbors, from about six surrounding neighborhoods, has joined forces to stop this expansion. The goal is to make all neighbors aware of the potential devastating loss.
We are trying to get as many neighbors together to attend the June 9 Building and Grounds Committee meeting at the county level to show our support in opposition to this expansion. Milton town Supervisor Dan Lewa is in strong opposition to this expansion as well.
We ask you to help us get our concerns published and in front of those who can make a difference.
Casino better than what we have now
I have been reading opinions in The Gazette in reference to a casino going up in Schenectady and how it will bring crime and undesirables to the area.
Well, take a look around. I have heard reference to Atlantic City, how the area off the Boardwalk is so run-down. Don't go off State Street too far, either.
I just read in a June 1 opinion piece that if we put a casino in the Alco area, the heavy equipment will be bad for the roads. So how are we ever going to better that area -- by helicopter? No matter what we do, their heavy equipment will travel our roads. Maybe if the casino comes in, it will help bring much-needed revenue for our city no matter how little it may be. It can't hurt.
People gamble now and will continue to do so -- by bus, cars, planes and even trains.
Casino operators look for new fools
Presumably, casino operators seeking to open new locations need to identify the communities with the highest proportion of suckers. We may be witnessing a demonstration of how they accomplish that.
Just whisper in the ears of city council members the magic words, "good jobs, lower taxes." When you find a city council on which a majority swallow that without troubling to even look at independent research, you have found a city that elects suckers as their representatives, and you may safely draw an optimistic conclusion about the voters and, therefore, about your market.
Or, on the other hand, maybe a casino promoter can be trusted not to fib.
Observe Memorial Day with decorum
Another Memorial Day recently passed in which a grateful nation paid tribute to all those who made the supreme sacrifice in freedom's name.
In Albany, a local AM radio station early-morning host used the occasion to refer to the commander-in-chief as lazy and nothing more than a 35-hour-a-week public servant.
The term "lazy" was patently offensive and exposed the reality of post-racial America in the Albany area. That compelled me to realize that the right to sully the commander-in-chief on such a solemn occasion was only made possible by those men and women in uniform, including those veterans of color who never returned.
Perhaps next year, we can all get on the same page and think about all the lives that were lost and all the suffering experienced by their survivors.
Then we can honor those who made the supreme sacrifice by exercising our freedoms in a more reasonable, respectful and responsible manner, rather than denigrating the supreme sacrifice with the divisive, toxic nonsense of nonstop, right-wing, partisan rancor on local AM radio.
Memorial Day ended and I remembered my father, an Army veteran, who proudly served in and survived the nightmare world of war during the big one in Okinawa.
And I remembered my classmates, friends and drinking buddies who went to 'Nam and never came back. Or if they did, they weren't who they were when they left.
This fellow vet honors them by writing this, in the hopes their sacrifice wasn't in vain.
John J. Pagoda
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