Seriously, are we really going to redouble our efforts to increase gambling in this state? Are these the actions of a government that is promoting the general welfare consistent with its establishment under either the U.S. or Minnesota constitutions?
It appears to me that the people in power are promoting the demise of Minnesotans. I am not questioning our tolerance for gambling. I am just wondering if we constituted this government for our own detriment.
If drug use were legal, would these people promote its use to raise money for the government? Which of the seven deadly sins should we expect the government to support in the interest of raising money?
Ben Riechers, Coon Rapids
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“He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass,” said Edgar R. Fiedler in “The Three Rs of Economic Forecasting — Irrational, Irrelevant and Irreverent,” June 1977.
I was reminded of this quote after reading about the pulltab revenue shortfall. I’m sure legislators are not enjoying their unexpected meal.
I wonder if the forecasts justifying the St. Paul Saints ballpark will deliver similar disappointment? Will the city realize a $10 million economic benefit annually? Will the ballpark host 200 events per year? Will 400,000 people visit the Lowertown neighborhood each year? From what I’ve read, there is little if any substantiation of these crystal ball forecasts.
I believe Mayor Chris Coleman and the City Council should exercise prudence and evaluate proposals to make the project multipurpose and generate revenue year-round. Why the rush? There’s still time to do this right. They won’t enjoy the ground glass.
Robert Grenier, St. Paul
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The recent headline “Gambling firms drove flawed Minnesota e-pulltab funding plan” made me laugh. Any Vikings stadium revenue plan was doomed when Mystic Lake Casino paid off Canterbury Park to end any chance of Minnesota sharing a fraction of hundreds of millions in annual gaming revenue (“Old foes, Canterbury Park and Mystic Lake join forces to block nontribal racino and boost purses,” June 4, 2012).
Ironically, the Mystic Lake/Canterbury deal seems likely to keep 90 percent of Native Americans below national poverty levels in perpetuity, despite one of the most generous tribal-state compacts in the nation. Where was the outcry?
It’s never been politically correct or “Minnesota nice” to suggest that “one of the state’s wealthiest tribes” (as the 2012 article stated) has kept the Legislature in its pocket through generous political donations.
Like most Minnesotans, I feel shame about the historic mistreatment of Native Americans in the United States. The fact is, the current situation in this state is grossly unfair to the majority of our Native American residents and to all Minnesotans as well.
Kevin Welsh, St. Anthony
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