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Forum: Mostly negatives from a casino

Updated: December 29, 2012 6:34AM



To Mayor Dwight Welch and the aldermen who attended the Nov. 13 news conference on a planned casino for Country Club Hills, you do not work for the property owner or the casino operator. You work for the residents of Country Club Hills.

There was no public hearing regarding this proposed casino nor did anyone ask the residents if we want a casino. There was no referendum on the issue. The mayor and aldermen need to research what having a casino in a community can do to that community as well as surrounding ones.

To the superintendents and school board members in school districts 160 and 228, do you think that having a casino in Country Club Hills would help educate and benefit our children? Would the extra tax money from a casino offset the social costs to your students from broken homes and ruined lives due to gambling losses?

Casinos do not offer long-term jobs nor do they invest in the community. They are corporations with investors, and their aim is to please their investors and make a profit, not to benefit communities.

Carol David

Country Club Hills

Cross decision sends wrong message

Alsip regrettably caved in to pressure from an atheist group and will not display a large cross on its water tower this year as it has for many years during the Christmas season.

Maybe you’ve heard stories of military battles or have seen them in movies, where the flag bearer was rushing with his fellow soldiers and was wounded or killed. As quickly as possible, another brave man would pick up the colors and continue the charge.

It’s time for Christians to pick up the colors. We are the majority. Maybe we can make a difference by volunteering to display Christian symbols when towns cater to atheists.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to those who aren’t offended by traditional Christmas symbols and decorations.

Carl F. Rollberg

Calumet Park

Questions Tinley Park FD

I cannot wait for the April village election in Tinley Park. It truly amazes me that Tinley Park still has a volunteer fire department.

I’m really curious as to why we do not have at least a part-time fire department. We have two large high schools in the village, and I am not sure how many grammar schools and preschools. The response times by the fire department are a definite hazard to our community.

Instead of spending so much money on a new library, prettying up Oak Park Avenue and building new train stations, why not invest in better fire safety and emergency medical care for our citizens? Mayor Zabrocki and the fire chief need to be booted from office.

Cathy Steel

Tinley Park



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