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Letters: Questions over casino building

If this ballot amendment is approved, the people

If this ballot amendment is approved, the people who own casinos will get rich, but New Yorkers won't experience job growth, lower property taxes or more state aid to schools. Photo Credit: Tribune Content Agency / Paul Tong

Bravo to writer John Yinger for speaking out on the perils of bringing casino gambling to New York . He does a good job of showing what it really is -- a stealth strategy for raising taxes on the lower- and middle-class working citizens of New York. Most upper-class people, who can afford a weekend getaway, won't waste their expendable cash in these casinos.

Sure it's OK to have a night of fun at a casino. But let's not be fooled at what's really happening. Yinger clearly points out how the wording of the ballot amendment asks voters to promote job growth and lower property taxes. This language is one-sided and misleading.

Casinos are opened at the expense of those who can least afford it, and in a few years families and neighborhoods will likely see the consequences. A better solution may be to raise taxes in a more fair and equitable way.

Tom Pumo, Port Jefferson

I can't believe the mentality of our politicians -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and county executive challenger Thomas Suozzi -- who want to push for Vegas-style gambling ["Mangano, Suozzi agree on casino gambling," News, Oct. 16].

All this will do is steal money from people who can least afford it. Is this what we want for our state?

Richard Tartaglia, Centerport