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Letter: Area communities have bigger problems to fight than casinos

I must respond to a letter written by a former public official, Sue Tucker (“Tewksbury, beware false promises of gaming,” Globe North, Aug. 11).

She states that “Slots are designed to make a few wealthy men even wealthier by emptying the pockets of lower-income, elderly, and addicted citizens.” Sorry, but isn’t that the same thing the state lottery does? Isn’t that the same thing that these nursing homes and like facilities do to our elderly, bleed them for any penny they have? I frankly don’t see any politicians or citizens planning on marching for this issue.

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Would the same citizens of Andover be so concerned if it was in Chelsea, Revere, or Malden?

These casinos and slots have been approved. Let’s move forward with the process and keep our hearts and mind on the real issues out there — of which there are many.

Sorry, citizens of Andover, there are many things you could stand up for, such as our neglected children and our neglected elderly, instead of panicking over a traffic issue or bringing your property values down.

JAMES RUELLE

Woburn

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