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Letter: Gambling not a way to save economy

Nassau and Suffolk counties each received approval in

Nassau and Suffolk counties each received approval in 2013 to open gambling parlors with up to 1,000 video slot machines, also called video lottery terminals, as part of the state's massive gambling expansion. Above, video slot machines are seen at Resorts World Casino in Queens on July 27, 2012. Credit: Nancy Borowick

Long Island needs real economic development, not expansion of the state’s addiction to predatory gambling revenue [“Relief at casino site shift,” News, Jan. 29].

Where is our state’s acknowledgment of the liabilities of gambling expansion? Where is our state’s outrage over the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, which will surely facilitate a devastating departure of factories, jobs and tax revenue?

Going after casino revenue while remaining silent on the TPP are twin acknowledgments of failed economic policy. We deserve better.

Mary Helen Crump, Lindenhurst

Editor’s note: The writer is a member of Medford Taxpayer and Civic Association and Stop Predatory Gambling, an advocacy group.


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