To the Editor:
This is about GAMBLING, not jobs. It is interesting to me that all of the information being written and distributed by the Catfish Bend Casino (Kehl) backed organization supporting gambling in Washington County never once mentions gambling.
In their recently mailed four-page multi-colored flyer, there was not one word or reference to gaming or gambling. When we as Washington County residents go to the polls on Aug. 31, the ballot will read, "Gambling games on an excursion boat in Washington County are approved." I see nothing here that says, "Are you for jobs?"
Of course, the answer to the jobs question is "yes." Communities Against Riverboat Expansion (CARE) is for jobs. We just don't want them to be tied to gambling.
What we need to debate is the quality and quantity of jobs. We need to debate why in three counties that Kehl group has a casino the unemployment rate is higher than it is in Washington County. We need to debate the fact the Kehl group is projecting $70 million in income from losses from gamblers at the proposed casino. We need to debate the make-up of the commission that has been formed. We need to debate what constitutes a conflict of interest for commission members. We need to debate if there are ethical issues inherent in serving on the commission. We need to debate if Washington County got the best deal for its citizens when two supervisors signed the Memorandum of Understanding. We need to debate the possible societal problems that will come along with a gambling enterprise. And the list could go on.
As you can see, this is not just about jobs. This is about bringing gambling to Washington County. I know the answers to most of the questions and that is why I am voting "NO" on allowing gambling in Washington County.
Dale J. Torpey