- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Cape man stabbed in head, arm after strip-club incident; skull fractured, police say (6/25/17)3
- Custom cuts: Local hairstylist provides free haircuts to special-needs children (6/26/17)3
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Jackson scores high in survey of residents; better streets, Aldi are high priorities (6/20/17)4
- Annual SEMO District Fair event lineup announced (6/23/17)2
- Marble Hill mayor hires city manager without board approval (6/21/17)4
- Oran town board fired officer before hiring him as police chief; city officials say they can't remember reason for firing (6/25/17)2
- Playing with fire (6/25/17)
- Two charged in theft of jewelry from Cape storage facility (6/23/17)1
In regard to the casino coming to Cape Girardeau, don't forget the Trojan horse. We are told that this casino will not only bring jobs but also help the downtown merchants and the retail businesses in the city of Cape Girardeau.
What we are not told is the countless thousands who will lose their savings and/or their homes and other property in trying to gain back what they lost. We are not told of the crumbled marriages, the neglected children, the broken homes, the rise in alcoholism and the suicides which take place after someone has lost everything.
This is not mere speculations but documented by statistics. These tragic effects played out in Wisconsin, where we lived not far from a casino. These tragedies also have played out in the greater St. Louis area, as well as other areas with nearby casinos. Casinos do not bring money to a community, they take. Retail sales will decline and businesses will close due to people losing too much at the casino. They now cannot afford new furniture, a new car, jewelry, clothes, antiques, etc.
Haven't we learned anything from history? Do we want to close our ears to reason and think only of our own gain and not of the great loss of our fellow man? In order for someone to win big, someone else will have to lose big.
Fellow citizens, we are promised something that will eventually ruin many lives, cause job loss and close businesses.
MARK RAMSEY, Cape Girardeau