I must refute Diane Clements’ letter regarding a casino in the Linn County area (“Quality of life lowered by casino,” Feb. 4).
First, who is paying for all the adverse propaganda for a new casino? I can bet Tama, Riverside and other casinos have some input in that because they know it will cut into their profits of which Linn County gets little.
Second, look around you madam, we already have prostitution, shootings and drug cartels in the county, so you can’t blame that on the casino. Possibly some of the money the county gets from a casino could go for more police protection of our citizens.
And for those who object to the casino, just don’t go. But give those of us who enjoy going to the casino our rights in being able to go there without having to drive an hour or more one way to use the facilities. We enjoy a day out to spend our money there. I have no objection and don’t try to stop you from doing your thing at the movies or restaurants, etc.
And last, I don’t see any businesses in Dubuque or the Quad Cities closing because of their casinos. If Dubuque can afford two casinos and the Quad Cities can afford three, I think Linn County can do quite well with one. My vote is definitely yes.