In David Anderson’s letter of May 6, he asks why the Lakewood Parks Department is “sponsoring” casino shuttles from the Lakewood Senior Center, leaving some with the false impression that public funds are being used. They are not. But why have these trips? The simple answer is … freedom.
These trips are highly requested and filled to capacity with mature adults choosing to spend their own money on a legal activity. The Senior Center attempts to provide participants with freedom from becoming functional shut-ins, the freedom to be more mobile and the freedom to socialize with those with similar interests. There are many, many more recreational activities offered by the Senior Center and the Parks Department, giving our citizens the freedom (there I go again) to make their own choice of activities.
The City of Lakewood supported HB 2162 in the recent legislative session. It would have allowed the City Council to freeze the number and location of mini-casinos to those currently in operation, prohibiting future expansion. David Anderson testified AGAINST that bill limiting gambling. Evidently, keeping his cause alive through preaching about the threat of additional establishments is more important than actually limiting their number.
Where do government limitations on the freedom of adults to choose stop? Should we ban trips to Washington’s internationally recognized wineries because some are opposed to the use of their product? Or should the Parks Department scuttle the planned fishing pier on American Lake and ban boat launching because PETA or a group of radical vegans objects to the treatment of Lakewood’s fish?
Freedom. It means that mature adults get to make choices on how to spend their own money on legal activities. It doesn’t mean they only get to make those choices if they agree with me.
(expressing my individual opinion)