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C.R. Needs to Expand Entertainment Offerings

Chandra Jordan

The Gazette

March 4, 2006

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    I like the idea of the indoor entertainment complex described in a Feb. 22 letter, ĎĎIndoor entertainment complex may be solution.íí Cedar Rapids is a boring town, and those who say we have culture and entertainment need only look at places like Dubuque, Des Moines and even the Iowa City/Coralville area to get a clue.

    This entertainment complex would alleviate that in spades, as the idea presented seemingly would appeal to everyone. And yes, it does include gambling. Letís list what people have to do in Cedar Rapids: go to bars, go to plays, go to expensive movies, or go to Planet X (big whoop, it appeals to kids mainly). No casinos, nothing close to the writerís suggestion.

    Iím sure weíll hear from the opposition that casinos are bad because they promote gambling and could hurt gambling addicts. Why is it that the majority of adults in Cedar Rapids are continually penalized by the minority of adults who canít control their urges? Are we responsible for other adults? I donít think so. I donít want that responsibility, and itís not my fault if they canít stop themselves.

    I also expect opponents to claim that crime will increase. You would think that bored people are more likely to commit crime. I seriously doubt that people are going to agree with the gambling aspect, considering the overblown controversy caused by TouchPlay machines. If you oppose the machines and gambling in Cedar Rapids in general, then I expect that you understand why Cedar Rapids is losing population and tourism.

Chandra Jordan
Cedar Rapids