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Atlantic City must take care of its people

Atlantic City must take care of its people

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Regarding the Jan. 25 story, "Is bankruptcy next for Atlantic City?":

It is clear that Gov. Chris Christie has pulled out the big guns, enlisting Kevyn Orr, the man who guided Detroit through its bankruptcy.

But a city is its citizens. And, unfortunately, Atlantic City's citizens are forced to put up with many problems, including an alarming rate of crime.

People are tired of hearing how the government is trying to save the city with efforts to increase tourism. How can a place that helps outsiders before it helps its own people ever return to any kind of glory day?

This city does need its casinos, but we cannot be naive and act as if this is a clean way to make money, because it is not. It's also a reality that drugs and alcohol help this business prosper, but they are killing the foundation of the community, the thing that really holds everything together.

A wise man once told me, "If you beat your guard dog every day, he will never bark when you need him to." And that's the problem with this place. The local people have been left behind, neglected and put down too many times, and now they are all looking out for themselves.

Atlantic City needs something to rally around, not some lawyer in a fancy suit and tie.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa still lights up the night sky, and, although closed, Revel is still a piece of architectural beauty. The Boardwalk is still lit up during the summer, and you can get the best cheesesteak you ever tasted at Tony Boloney's. There is still beauty in this city, it just needs to be polished up a bit, and those who live here need to do the polishing.

But we also need something to believe in. Someone has to send us something a little better and a little more recognizable than a name that not many in our city ever heard of.

DANNY PASSARELLI

Atlantic City

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