Regarding Michael L. Richards’ Jan. 17 letter “Casinos take from poor, give to rich”:
He says that a casino provides no goods or services, therefore cannot be labeled as an industry. The casinos are a form of entertainment similar to bowling alleys, golf courses and movie theaters. Does anyone go to the golf course or movie theater and expect to come home with more money than they went with? Of course not. These things cost money and are entertainment. At least at the casinos we have a chance to make more money; however, we don’t expect to win every time we go there.
“Millions extracted from the local economy to create a few dead-end jobs does not add up to any bottom-line economic benefit,” Richards wrote. Where in the world did you come with something like that? Just what is a “dead-end job” and why would there be only a few? If the casino cannot be described as an economic development as you say, then just what is it?
The casinos are not preying on the elderly; we are very capable of taking care of our finances as we have been doing for years. Does Richards expect us seniors to sit home in our recliners until a mortician comes for us?
I am voting yes on March 5 because I live in Linn County and we have a need to take care of our own. Let Tama, Washington and Blackhawk counties take care of themselves.
Russell MarksCedar Rapids