Printed letter, April 1, 2014
I would like to respond to the recent front-page story regarding limited stakes gambling in De Beque. I am in favor of De Beque’s effort to bring in this type of revenue-generating activity.
Why not De Beque? Financially, the need for it is just as great as the mining towns of the Front Range.
In response to the Colorado Gaming Association, I found, as a former business owner, that along with increasing your income revenue, you must increase your inventory. It’s true there will be an increase in the department’s expenses, but the revenue generated will increase as the inventory grows.
I see no need to protect what is already in towns now involved in gambling. The Front Range communities will more than take care of that.
I enjoy gambling, as I am sure others do. Having a place close to those of us who live on the Western Slope would be nice. Many of us have been to Black Hawk from the Western Slope. It is a long day trip and certainly an overnight trip during the winter months. Traveling to De Beque would be easier and allow for more frequent visits.
It seems as if the state of Colorado wants to tell all communities of the state what is best for them. I believe in self-government. Counties and cities should be able to determine what is best for the folks who live in and around their communities. Let the folks who will be affected by the decision decide.
If western Colorado is considered the playground for the Front Range, then let western Colorado be your great weekend vacation, with a wide variety of activities for all to enjoy.
JOHN B. SCALZO
De Beque citizens must study the ramifications of gaming
I wish to comment on Glenn Brown’s letter concerning contemplation of limited stakes gaming by De Beque citizens.
Although I can agree with his comments, the point is missed for the real task at hand. He focuses on the social ills as opposed to anything else it may bring. My qualifications for the following expressions come from being a former mayor of Cripple Creek and having been in on the ground floor of the casino movement there.
He said arrests in the other mountain communites rose by 287 percent. While this is true, any increase in population will bring higher statistics. This goes for all calls, crime, death rates etc..
The real questions for De Beque are: Is your town infrastructure to the point that it cannot sustain itself? Do you have a tax base that you can rely on to keep your basic protections of fire, ambulance and police or sheriff intact? Are you ready to give up your town as you know it for a benefit that may or may not be good for your populace? Where will you draw your customers from, and will that draw be equivalant to a continuous flow of revenue?
Those questions are by far more important for that community to answer, as gaming will change that landscape, for better or worse, with no turning back. Few local people will benefit, because they have no real stake in the transactions. Social ills exist and will continue with or without it. Those with addictions will find a way to partake.
I am not for or against limited stakes gaming coming to De Beque; I only have first-hand experience of the whole process.
Caprock, other schools, could send ‘shavees’ to St. Baldrick’s
I believe the recent decision by Caprock Academy to punish a young student for shaving her head in support of her friend battling cancer can be a learning experience in many ways. As a “shavee” and photographer for the last two St. Baldrick’s events in Grand Junction, I firmly believe this negative can be turned into a huge positive.
Members of the Jim Hamlin family of Mesa have been the organizers for these events. They are also doing so for this year’s event June 28 at the Edgewater Brewery. Here are my suggestions: I challenge the staff and students at Caprock to form their own team of “shavees” and then challenge other schools to do the same.
I also suggest asking the Hamlin family, as well as wonderful Delaney Clements, her friends and family, to talk with the entire student body at an assembly. So much can be learned and gained from this approach, making the entire community more aware of children’s cancer and St. Baldrick’s efforts across the nation to raise funds for children’s cancer research. I sincerely hope to see the Caprock community at this year’s event.
Caprock wasn’t draconian in handling unusual situation
Regarding the recent hysteria involving a student at Caprock Academy, who shaved her head in support of her friend who is fighting cancer, yay! We need more like her and her family.
However, berating the school who was navigating its way through its by-laws and standards for the school was unnecessary and unfair. The school they made what most of us consider the right decision, and I would have been shocked to see anything else.
My granddaughter attends Caprock and I have volunteered in her classrooms. I’ve seen nothing but concern and consideration for each student and their welfare.
Take a breath, folks. Give people a break to work out solutions when faced with out-of-the-ordinary circumstances. That includes you, Daily Sentinel.