Well, this will upset the sin police, the people who think we shouldn’t build anything, anywhere, ever and probably my momma, but I’m going to write it anyway.
Not only should Gwinnett County let Dan O'Leary build his gambling center, it should fast-track it.
First of all, what else are you going to put on that piece of land? Another factory? Nope, sorry. We get all our stuff from China. Another mall? Gwinnett is all full-up on those. A stadium? Got one. Arena? Got one of those, too.
So why not this gaming complex? Why not build something that people will definitely use, that will provide a shot in the arm not only for Gwinnett Village and the county as a whole, but might help save the HOPE scholarship?
Oh, I know the refrain. It'll bring sinners and crime. It's a tax on the poor.
As far as the sin and the tax, I guess it would be too much to ask to just let people gamble if they want, and those who don't want to gamble could, I don't know, stay home. It'd also be too much to ask that people take responsibility for their actions and gamble in moderation. If people gamble away the rent money, well, I guess we know why they're poor, don't we?
And is anyone under the illusion that the area doesn't already have its fair share of crime? Surely a casino is not going to make Gwinnett's rate of triple homicides go up any higher than it already is.
My only complaint with this proposal is it doesn't go far enough. Take it a step further and make it a full-fledged casino. Cozy up to the right lawmakers and get it done.
The baby step O'Leary wants the state to take with these video lottery machines will be enough gambling to be big news in the pews, but you're only going to draw so many of O'Leary's envisioned high-end clientele with lottery machines. But put some table games, a poker room, slots and shows and watch the folks roll in.
Yes, most will roll out empty. That's the point. Casinos are built on losers. And if the government can siphon off some of those losses, then maybe it won't siphon so much from everyone else.
OK, that last sentence was crazy talk. But I just can't see a reason why this shouldn't be done. Why watch gambling dollars drive off to Biloxi or Cherokee when you could watch them drive in?
Maybe they would use the HOT lanes to get here. Better yet, they could fly in to Briscoe Field.
After writing that last paragraph, I think I was wrong in the lead to this column.
It'll probably upset everybody.
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