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MISSED OPPORTUNITY

It seems awfully peculiar that the Seneca Nation has gone out of its way to make sure that any negotiations with the Pataki administration on casino gambling not be linked to the Grand Island land claim. It would appear to me that Grand Island might be the perfect location for casino gambling - close enough to attract tourists on their way to and from Niagara Falls, and within a stone's throw from the more constant draw of the population base of Buffalo and Western New York.

Gov. George Pataki should have given the Seneca Nation its way on such issues as slot machines, taxation or the lion's share of casino revenues in exchange for a final settlement of the land claim in favor of Grand Island residents. This would also keep American money on this side of the border. Why was there no linkage?

RICHARD J. FISCHER

West Seneca

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