Casino competition was basic business

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Jan. 25 Gazette article, “Report: Too many casinos,” made me think it must have been a pretty slow news day. It’s insulting to anyone’s intelligence that the casino gambling pie would not shrink when more casinos open within the state.It brought back vivid memories to me when I opened my first video store in 1981. Although the venues are different, the end result is the same. Within a few years, there were video rental stores seemingly on every corner. Competition made us sharpen our skills to be better than the rest. Then as time passed, the bug guns like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video came into the market and basically spent us out of existence. Although it wasn’t overnight, systematically there was slight revenue loss on a weekly basis until it became too much to bear. At our peak, we had about 40 employees. Were able to offer health insurance and profit sharing. Multiply that across the nation when there were 25,000 independent video stores (NY Times May 1, 1988). It’s the same situation in the casino business, only on a different scale.Regarding the June 18, 2017, article, “Harness track racinos look to state for relief”: “This legislation is all about fairness … and ensuring a level playing field,”  said state Sen. Kathy Marchione. What world does she live in? There is no such thing as a level playing field in business, especially gambling. Each venue wants the same gambling dollar, except now there are more places to spend it than ever before. Relief from the state means it inevitably costs the taxpayer more somewhere down the line. Great solution. As I stated in an article I wrote that was picked up by The New York Times (Dec. 1, 2000) “Choice stores fading away,” people will go where it is most  convenient. A new casino opening has about as much lasting power as a restaurant boasting the best burger. Bob BeliveGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

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