By David Anderson
Be sure to gamble a bit and support your community while attending the City Council candidate forum at the Great American Casino hosted by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, October 3, 11:30 am-1 pm.
To “share their visions for their respective cities,” will be contenders from both Lakewood and University Place – citizens like yourself that want to represent you and, presumably, will present the highest of ideals for preserving and enhancing “the social, economic and political fabric of the community,” thus deserving of your vote.
Never mind that while you socialize with those seeking your support you will be doing so in a setting that “is all about separating individuals from each other — reducing a community to a set of disconnected consumers who don’t add up to much more than their net worth.”
And as these candidates roll out their economic portrayal for what will be their respective city’s future portfolio, that is if they’re elected, ignore in the background the “hooting and hollering (of) patrons around table games – such as baccarat, Texas Hold ‘Em, blackjack, and other styles of poker, such as Progressive Fortune Pai Gow” – as your fellow citizens “transfer their capital to (the casino) in the course of playing repetitive sedentary games against quixotic odds.”
And even though you would expect of wannabe-politicos that evidence of studious reflection is central to their repertoire – “pieces that a performer knows or is prepared to perform” – don’t ask them if they are aware of “the preponderance of good research on the subject (of gambling) as summarized in a recent and widely cited report entitled ‘Why Casinos Matter: Thirty-One Evidence-Based Propositions from the Health and Social Sciences,’ issued by 33 creditable scholars and other experts assembled by the Institute for American Values.”
After all, the essence of these scholars’ report “is that casinos tend to erode and destroy the social, economic, and political fabric of a community.”
Why not ask your council candidates about such community values?
Because the Lakewood Chamber is hosting the event at the casino.