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Casino or CasiNO


Do you gamble?  Do you drive out-of-town to gamble?  Would you continue to drive out of town to gamble if there was a casino in your hometown? On March 5, 2013 Linn County voters will be deciding just that in a special election.  I circled Cedar Rapids in red on the map of the casinos in Iowa below for people to see how saturated Eastern Iowa already is with casinos.  casino mapWhat would happen if the people of Linn County vote in favor of a casino?  Other casinos worry they could go bankrupt. Make no mistake the casinos in other communities want to keep your business!

Already this casino is generating jobs but not from the side you’d expect. While  a commercial airs over and over on the television advertising jobs the opposition is taking applications and searching for volunteers.  One of their arguments was that this won’t be a county owned casino and that the private investors and their non-profit are the ones calling the shots.When I questioned the “vote no” office workers about who was funding the “no vote” initiative  at their office yesterday they told me that some of the money was invested by outside casinos.  Here is their argument in a flier that I obtained from their office at 1134 9th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403  (parking in the rear). vote no The investors  are the  same old people who always find ways to make a quick buck or profit from public money.  Where will the money from Cedar Rapids casino go if people vote in favor of it? I obtained this information from the Vote Yes Linn County website: http://voteyeslinncounty.com/community-improvement

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Will this election mirror the last special election? Many of the people who signed the petition to extend the Local Option Sales Tax didn’t even vote in the election. Like other special elections that have taken place in Linn County over the last two years it boils down to trust.

Playing the same commercial  over and over on TV will wear on the public.  Where is the “vote yes” office located?  Where is the public face for the vote yes group and exactly who are they going to reach out to in the community for grassroots support? The labor unions were in support of the Local Option Sales Tax measure that failed not once but twice!

Where are the young local enthusiastic people who worked for the  “vote yes” campaign back in 2003 when this issue was on the ballot?  Those people were energized and were able to get people out to vote in favor of the casino because they were planning to work there when/if it opened. Would a casino improve Cedar Rapids?  Maybe. Would a casino with this set of investors be the wisest decision?  Probably not.

Office: 1134 9th Street SE (parking in rear)


The Cedar Rapids Downtown District Great East Iowa Co Prosperity Sphere Eyes Southern Territories for Conquest


The Cedar Rapids Downtown District Great East Iowa Co Prosperity Sphere Eyes Southern Territories for Conquest

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Cedar Rapids Downtown Elite Plan an Economic and Political Polo Event

“He (Dennis Tallman) suggested that the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance — itself a new entity that combined Priority One, The Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Cedar Rapids Downtown District — merge with groups such as Iowa City Area Development and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.”

http://thegazette.com/2012/12/30/one-regional-economy/

The Cedar Rapids Downtown District Ministry of Information has announced the need for new territories. Having assimilated the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce and converted adjacent communities to near vassal states, the Cedar Rapids Downtown District is eying new fruits of empire to the south.

The Business 380 Division of the Cedar Rapids Downtown District Ministry of Information went into further details in an article of total praise(Cedar Rapids Gazette, Sunday, December 30, 2012, 1D).

Downtown Cedar Rapids fifth column is already active in the coveted territories. “We need to rethink how we do economic development,” C. E. O. of Cedar Rapids Downtown District Ministry of Information, Past Chairman of the Board of the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce and current Iowa City Area Development Group Board Chairman Chuck Peters.

The political subjugation of conquered peoples was surprisingly admitted in the Business 380 article. Retired Aegon C. E. O. Pat Baird was saying a regional identity may involve merging more than economic development groups. Pat Baird gave an example, “Jerry Abramson, the former Mayor of Louisville and now Lt. Governor of Kentucky, told me that Louisville did not move to city-county regional government (in January 2003) to reduce taxes. It was done 100 percent for economic development, and he was able to get the votes needed to approve it.”

Cedar Rapids Downtown District has never had a problem funding campaigns to maintain a compliant Cedar Rapids City Council. Ballot issues are another matter. As leader of the first (2011) failed attempt to extend Cedar Rapids local option sales tax, Mr. Baird should know that.

To pay for its massive cost over runs hotel and convention center and a host of other friends of the Downtown District, 15 in 5 projects, Cedar Rapids Downtown District has desperately tried to maintain a local option sales tax. Two vote yes sales tax extension campaigns were financed by roughly a million dollars largely from those with ties to the Downtown District. Those opposing the sales tax extension spent less than ten thousand dollars.

The oppressed masses of Cedar Rapids revolted by twice voting no on the sales tax extension.

Those in peril to the south, take note. The Cedar Rapids Downtown District is running out of resources and needs new territories to fund itself. Those who know best those who plan your Co Prosperity Sphere assimilation trust them least.

Despite their rhetoric of a shared economic paradise, the proceeds largely go to Downtown Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids streets crumble outside its Downtown District. A potential water shortfall due to a lack of wells has been admitted. Etc. Etc. In short, basic infrastructure that is local government’s primary chore has been ignored. Downtown, there are TIFs galore.

Cedar Rapids Downtown District will cry flood recovery as camouflage. This pattern started long before the flood. The flood massively poured outside disaster recovery money in Cedar Rapids to fund what Cedar Rapids Downtown District already had planned. Of course, they say it is to benefit all of Cedar Rapids and adjacent communities will share therein.

There are great benefits to had from fair and just co-operation among neighbors. Examine the record of the Cedar Rapids Downtown District proposing to yoke Johnson County into their East Iowa Co Prosperity Sphere.

They come not to co-operate, but to conquer.

http://crsmells.org/