A Cornwall Casino is a Good Idea. By Jamie Gilcig 170218

A Cornwall Casino is a Good Idea.  By Jamie Gilcig 170218

Cornwall Ontario – One wonders what Councilor Mark A MacDonald has done to possibly offend Hugo Rodrigues, Managing editor of the Standard Freeholder?

Or maybe it’s simply safe for Hugo to snipe at Mr. MacDonald rather than tackle real issues with meat in them that  might cost the newspaper some ad dollars while pandering to City Hall?

Councilor MacDonald has identified a real core issue, that cutting services, and Cornwall has a meagre motley minimal mess of them, will get harder as the reality of the circus management of epic failure at City Hall is coming home to roost in an election year.

The scary thing is that the news is going to get worse, not better at City Hall where years of putrid management, corruption, cronyism, nepotism, bullying, and straight out illegal meanderings covered up at taxpayer expense has led us with no real infrastructure reserves, no real tourism, nearly nil economic development, and a bunch of senior managers pulling down Sunshine list salaries while giving out gigs to their “loved ones”  and friends while many in this town wonder how they will keep the lights on and pay their rent.

Adding revenue is a key to future survival, never mind success or growth.

[bs-quote quote=”Well, take a drive across the border to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort. Or go northwest to the gaming facility at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, now known as the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino. Or, east to Montreal. Or, west to the Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands on this side of Gananoque.” style=”style-12″ align=”center” author_name=”Hugo Rodrigues” author_job=”Standard Freeholder Managing Editor”][/bs-quote]

Dear Hugo misses the point, and it’s a point so big that he’d mince an ow if he sat on it.   The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino is a net drain on the City of Cornwall.  Our seniors flock over there burning through bingo and gambling dollars.   That dosh is not spent in our fragile local economy.  Our own bingo hall is barely surviving.

The same for the other casinos.   They do not add value to our community and region.

A casino, or gambling facility of any sort would create some jobs locally.  It would keep some cash in the community, and it might even draw a few people here.

It’s not rocket science.   Councilor MacDonald has a history of kinda sorta knowing the answer, but not knowing how to get to the answer.

Part of that is because of people like Hugo trashing his ideas instead of really working them as there is merit in keeping gambling dollars in Cornwall.    Since Hugo rarely adds to the conversation, or come up with possible solutions,  he too, like the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, simply drains resources from a City that desperately needs them.

Cornwall needs solutions.  You don’t have to have six degrees to see the problems here.  Just drive down Montreal Road, all the way to the Standard Freeholder offices.

What do you think dear CFN viewers?  You can post your comments below.

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