2014-10-23 / Opinion

Casino Not for Navy or Families

To the Editor:

In his recent letter, Adm. Joseph Strasser wisely warned of the negative casino influences on personnel at the nearby naval base. Of equal concern is the proximity of five low-income housing areas within walking distance of the casino site. Those residents can least afford to spend their limited dollars on a losing bet.

It seems that the ink had barely dried on the sales contract for the Newport Yachting Center before Joseph Paolino rushed to promote his casino parking lot for the events previously held at the center. Can you picture a family skating rink adjacent to a full-scale casino?

Originally, Newport Grand was going to be changed into a “Monte

Carlo” type casino. Then with the sale of the Yachting Center it suddenly was promoted as the “Newport Entertainment Center.” Next came “The Newport Partners” and now it’s “Jobs for Newport.” I shudder to think what might be next, but they’re all just promises anyway.

The covering of the “SLOTS” sign with an enticing mural is a perfect example of the saying, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” Or, as the old TV commercial cautioned, “Why trade a headache for an upset stomach?”

For the love of Newport, Vote NO on Question 1.

Lawrence L. Chase

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