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Last week's question:

Will Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course have a positive effect on the community? Why or why not?

YES — 52 percent

NO — 48 percent

Last week's question:

Will Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course have a positive effect on the community? Why or why not?

YES — 52 percent

NO — 48 percent

YES: "In many ways, it will help: $12 million per year for Dauphin County government. $500,000 for the township. Hundreds of jobs and earnings from same going into local economy. Motels in the area full, creating more jobs. Hazards, of course, of traffic tie-ups on an already hellish Interstate 81."

—Tom Roy,

Lebanon County

YES: "It will have a positive effect on the community. It will positively generate more money for the community. It will positively allow more people to gamble locally who could not afford to drive to New Jersey or West Virginia. It will positively result in poor people becoming poorer by chasing the dream."

—Chuck Blouse,

York County

YES: "I believe that Hollywood Casino is going to be a positive influence on our community. Its partnerships with small and minority businesses such as A Personnel Connection Staffing services will allow the residents of Harrisburg to have a fair opportunity at obtaining employment."

—Samara Gallatin,

Dauphin County

NO: "Do you mean the part about eliminating farmland and creating more traffic and congestion? Or do you mean the part that will ruin people's lives as they gamble away their kids' lunch money and/or tuition? Maybe you are talking about the organized-crime

influence that will come with it? All positive things. Was your question a joke?"

—Steve Kelly,

Cumberland

NO: "Probably not. Look at Atlantic City: nice on the Boardwalk but go a block or so inland, not real nice or safe."

—Wayne C. Bush,

Lebanon County

NO: "More broken families from gambling addiction, more organized crime, more phony schemes to ‘lower property taxes,' more politicians sucking up to gambling bosses, more senior citizens losing their Social Security money and then crying for more, further deterioration of the values that made our society prosper. Not good. But lots of razzle dazzle at the casino I'm sure."

—Andrew Brackbill,

Lancaster County

NO: "Gambling never has a long-term positive effect on a community. While some will obtain ‘entertainment,' many will suffer, both from the loss of money and the resulting emotional and family pain that brings. Addiction to gambling will ruin many lives."

—Steve Clever,

Cumberland County

NO: "There is little to no data to suggest that, outside of Las Vegas, casino gambling is a help to the surrounding community. Look at Atlantic City as an example; just walk a block or two off the Boardwalk, and you see a community that is in distress. From the data that I have seen, for every casino job gained, one is lost from businesses in the surrounding area. Maybe this will be different for the rural community surrounding the Hollywood Casino, but watch and see what happens to the jobs in the Hershey area."

—Daniel F. Mueller,

Dauphin County

NO: "If you define ‘positive' and the influx of massive amounts of money and maybe even a spinoff industry producing a few jobs, then probably — if there is a big enough market to draw from and with the combined Harrisburg, York and Lancaster metro areas — there probably is well over a million and a half people in that pot of gold that the state has its hands in up to its elbows. If, on the other hand, you define ‘positive' as having a good effect on people's lives, then most definitely I would say ‘NO.' Imagine, if you will, the state licensing huge halls where people could go and get drunk out of their minds and then be given a pass by the state police to drive home in their state of intoxication. How many lives would such an establishment touch in a terribly negative way? Well, just imagine the harm gambling establishments will do to families as the parents fight and break up over gambling addictions that would not normally have blossomed without the help of a local casino. What's next, Ed, legalized prostitution? Perhaps Ed and the gang up on the hill can send a sympathy card to each innocent child that now becomes the product of a broken home. They can use some of the ‘tax windfall' to pay for the cards. I can hear them all chuckling now as they read this. What I really find hard to believe is that these same people sit around and complain about skateboarders being a menace to society. But then I guess even the slave traders thought they were performing a valuable service. It is sad to see how little civilization has truly progressed in 4,000 years."

—Anthony DiSanto,

Perry County

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Should existing rate caps on electrical-power prices be extended for a few more years? Why or why not?

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