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It has come to my attention that the Farmhouse Café will not be replaced with another restaurant but will be replaced with a casino. Even though there were many offers to take over this space and run it as a café.

The café has added to our community in numerous ways. It is where we go to get a bite to eat and catch up on what our neighbors are up to and what new activities are happening in Gateway. This brings the community closer together and, at a time when there is so much upheaval in Gateway, I believe, we need a spot that gives space to meet and greet.

I went to Superpumper, Inc.’s website and found it interesting that they profess to want to “make a difference in the lives of those around us,” they want to be “actively involved in supporting the communities that support our stations,” to seek opportunities “that increase access to essential services to the people living in these communities,” their “key areas of focus include health and well-being, family support, special needs, environment and prevention of violence and youth development.” I’m not sure how they see a casino promoting these issues.

I see casinos taking more than they give. After researching the consequences of gambling, I find that, as with all addictions, there is a possibility of severe emotional, psychological, social, financial and potentially legal issues. This is not to say that all gamblers are addicted however, if even one family is affected in this way, I do not see the value of a casino in our community. It is a solitary activity where the only beneficiary is the owner of the casino.

Please contact Superpumper, Inc. (www.gosuperpumper.com) and let them know your views.


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This editorial solely represents the opinion of the Chronicle Editorial Board. The board consists of the opinion editor, the managing editor, the publisher and several community members. The community members are non-journalists who provide input and help shape the board's opinions.

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  • Michael Wright, managing editor
  • Bill Wilke, opinion page editor
  • Richard Broome, community member
  • Renee Gavin, community member
  • Will Swearingen, community member
  • Angie Wasia, community member

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Janine Roberts

Gallatin Gateway

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