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Doug Strickland April 22, 2014 at 09:54 AM
"Rohnert Park will no longer be a gem in the heart of wine country..." Please explain to Read Moreme when Rohnert Park was a gem of ANYthing?
Sandy Murphey April 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM
For those of us who live in, and love living in Rohnert Park, it's a "gem" to us. IRead Morethink these predictions are "fear based". The casino can't provide all the various products and services that residents and visitors will want. I know people who prefer to stay in hotels, eat at local restaurants, and shop in the variety of stores that RPk, offers. There were cash checking and massage businesses prior to the casino. These really aren't "bad" businesses. They serve a purpose. I get a massage once a month. We've seen one casino related crime in 2 months; what about all the other crimes that are unrelated to the casino? What can be blamed for that? I think that "texting" while driving is a very serious crime, and I wish it had a $500 penalty. Do you text while you drive, yet view the casino as a potential for criminal activity? Look at your RPk residents as they drive and text. I think "criminal activity" is here with us, and has been before the casino opened. Look at the "police bloter" and see for yourself, the reports of criminal activity in RPk. Did you know that a woman was hit by a truck while walking her dog, and then hit again, before the driver sped away? Was this prompted by casino activity? Hopefully, the driver will be found, and prosecuted. The best thing we can do is continue to support our local small businesses. We outnumber the visitors, so if they go out of business, we can look at our own actions, and ask if we supported them when we had a chance. It's always easiest to look outside ourselves and blame others, until our actions smack us in the face with the realization that we could have taken more responsiibility, and blamed others less.