Community after community build casinos, and they all think they're going to have sustained economic growth as a result.
Casinos in Vegas work because tourists come there. When the casinos just cater to locals, it's the economic equivalent of washing each others' laundry. People aren't booking 3 hour flights to come to Austintown.
May 31, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.
I saw the headline and figured this article would be stupid. Then I saw it was Bertram de Souza and knew it would be stupid.
The Mahoning Valley has put their trust in democrats for decades while the area swirls down the drain. There's a definition for doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
I'll be retiring early and escaping this doomed, dumbed-down area ASAP.
November 27, 2012 at 2:22 p.m.
He was out on bail. Being presumed innocent until proven guilty is not a "travesty" of any sort.
He was found guilty and sentenced to 7 years in prison. The system worked.
September 21, 2012 at 7:22 p.m.
I don't know what planet you have to live on to remotely believe Obama has "earned another term", but it sure isn't Earth.
He's been an unmitigated disaster economically, and is not respected at all internationally. He's a joke on the office, and more importantly, on us.
September 21, 2012 at 7:18 p.m.
Hard to believe a guy who spent years stapling fliers to telephone poles can't manage an economy.
Thanks for the change, idiots. Four more years!
June 15, 2012 at 8:40 p.m.
Some of the comments are laughable. First off, taxes were not used to pay for the football stadium. Second, not everyone in Poland "can afford it" despite what you have chosen to believe.
When the teachers pay a real share of their health insurance, talk to me. Those of us who work in the real world pay over 20% of our premiums. Their salaries would be above average for year round employment. For 9-10 month employment they are exceptional. Cut. Your. Costs.
No way 5.9 mills passes in an election year.
June 15, 2012 at 8:38 p.m.
As usual Joe is wrong. The election is about performance, and Obama's has been even worse than I expected it to be 4 years ago.
June 15, 2012 at 8:32 p.m.
90 percent of its work force is from the area and 90% of the money it takes in will also be from the area. A casino in every town isn't going to build an economy. Vegas didn't get big by attracting locals to spend their money. It got big by attracting visitors from all over to bring their money to Vegas.
That isn't going to happen in Cleveland when there are casinos in Erie, Pittsburgh, Detroit, northern West Virginia, among others...
May 10, 2012 at 11:11 a.m.
This area has been run by Democrats and unions for decades. Obviously, it is going so well we shouldn't consider anything else. But there's always some Republican boogeyman out there who can be blamed this area's problems, rather than the fools running this area.
Just keep telling yourselves that, but remember there's a word for doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results...
May 10, 2012 at 10:21 a.m.
Since when do "financial and logistical sense" matter when dealing with politicians? Therein lies the problem, and it goes way beyond Mahoning County.
April 30, 2012 at 1:49 p.m.