- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)5
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
Negative effect of casinos
What will it profit the people who make their homes in Cape Girardeau and the surrounding areas to have a casino? It will only mean a substantial investment of dollars at the outset and little return in the long run.
Reports from other cities that have welcomed casinos and other forms of legalized gambling indicate that they have experienced a negative effect when the new allure of the casino wears off. You may not have trouble with a casino in our town, but what about the person who has a gambling addiction? This so-called wholesome activity in the city will no longer be wholesome. The blight will have hit us.
In the long run, I sincerely believe that casino entertainment would only result trouble for the people in Cape Girardeau. To confirm the potential problems of having a casino, please read summaries of nine reports of cities suffering from the results of a casino. You can find these results through an internet search for "Gambling's Effects on Local Businesses."
Join me in voting no on the casino ballot issue in Cape Girardeau.
GENE LOFTIS, Cape Girardeau