C.R. already missed its casino chance

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: March 22 2014 | 1:51 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 10:01 am in

Iím not going to get into all of the details surrounding the Cedar Rapids casino application. Such as, how the cost to construct has risen dramatically from the initial proposal or how itís not going to help downtown businesses now that the plan includes its own food and beverage facilities or how itís going to cannibalize other casinos or why Riverside doesnít give much money back to Linn County or how three different studies indicate there is no room for more casinos in Eastern Iowa.

Simply put, you need to look at this whole issue backward to forward and you will have the answer. Had the residents of Linn County voted for the casino the first time (roughly 10 years ago), would the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort exist today? I think not.

So quit whining and wake up to the reality as someone else put it, ďyou snooze, you lose.Ē

Oran Teut



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