If casino profits, Linn County loses

In a movie 20 or so years ago, Denzel Washington, playing the role of an attorney, asked people to explain something to him as if he was a 6 year-old. When it comes to the vote as to whether we should approve the building of a casino in Linn County, I would like someone to explain the benefits to me as if I was a 6-year-old.

When you look at a map of Iowa and locate the communities where casinos exist around Cedar Rapids, it seems like a relatively small area from which to draw support. People certainly wouldn’t drive by other casinos to come to Cedar Rapids, would they? No buses from other locations will be bringing people into Linn County. So, if the same population that already lives and spends money in Linn County is our target audience, from where will the new dollars be coming?

Casinos are in the business to make money; for the casino that is. It seems then the people who choose to frequent the casino would then lose money. If they lose money, how can they spend more money to boost our economy?

Finally, when I think about additional services that will have to be in place to deal with losses to individuals and families, at a cost borne by the county and the state, I’m curious how that helps our county?

John Krumbholz

Cedar Rapids

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