Casino an indecent means for development

Before people vote in this rushed election March 5 on bringing a casino to Cedar Rapids, I hope they will first read the guest column by Kurt Rogahn (“Casinos make money from losers,” Jan. 13).

His firsthand experience of losing a family member in a tragic way spoke volumes about a very real concern we should have. Of course, as he stated, “Not everyone who visits a casino has a gambling problem,” but is it worth it to have it so readily available in our city?

As a member of the original “No Dice” committee, I remember the hours we spent on research, pro or con, and how the reasons not to have a casino far outweighed any advantages. We found that it is very true, as Rogahn said, that “In gambling, the odds favor the house.”

Also, “We all like nice things for our community, but the benefits are indecent if we rely on indecent means to obtain them.”

Coral Dye

Cedar Rapids

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