A recent Facebook “vote no casino” story is another in a series of bait-and-switch postings that use Steve Gray as some “evil doer.” The Just Say No Campaign continuously uses fictional assertions rather than any fact-based arguments. I respect a difference of opinion, if based on facts; however, this continued personalized attack strategy is harassing and libelous.
I am shocked and disappointed that Linn County residents who are opposed have created an unholy alliance with outside casino interests who have millions of dollars to protect their business interests and who have bet that a campaign of innuendo and smear will win. They have no vested interest in us — only self interest in protecting their gaming turf.
I am an investor and a lifelong Cedar Rapidian. Now is the time for gaming in Linn County. I was opposed in 2003, but during the last nine years, I’ve seen the positive impact of gaming in 14 other Iowa counties. In 2010, 78 percent of the electorate in those 14 counties voted to keep gaming. I trust my fellow Iowans to tell me how they feel about the impact gaming has had in their communities, rather than some out-of-town consultants funded by outside casino interests.
I believe the folks of Linn County will see that their no vote has nothing to do with what is best for us, but what is best for them. Don’t buy it, my friends.