- City suspends liquor license for downtown Cape bar; owners say they want to fix problems (3/26/17)7
- Mall aboard: Future requires evolution at West Park Mall (3/24/17)24
- Harbor Freight Tools store coming to Cape (3/29/17)7
- Legal discrimination complaint, ethics complaint filed in Scott City government (3/22/17)13
- Cape school board rejects proposal to allow parochial-school students to play sports (3/28/17)79
- Former Southeast softball coach sues Board of Regents; seeks damages and her job back (3/23/17)15
- 'Construction with finesse' (3/26/17)2
- Chaffee district seeks bond issue for classrooms, property (3/26/17)4
- Lawmakers put prevailing wage in crosshairs; laborers object (2/12/17)10
- Triplett manslaughter case set for July 2018 (3/21/17)2
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