Letter to the editor: Westmoreland's casino bet XI
I have sent two emails to Jeannette officials asking if they had intentions of bidding on a satellite casino and have yet to hear a response.
I absolutely think Jeannette should place a bid. The city has very little business left and the tax revenue created by a casino would be an incredible boost to the economy.
But I have a feeling the people in charge will let this opportunity pass and we will have to watch a community like Greensburg or Irwin jump on this chance while we do nothing. We have plenty of space that could be basically given to a casino. There are at least two or three vacant sites where glass factories used to stand. I don't know that the city owns that property but I'm sure it owns some undeveloped property.
Some people will say a casino would attract crime and a lower class of citizen. Have you been to Jeannette lately? I grew up in this city, moved away for 25 years and came back five years ago, and it is unrecognizable to me. My taxes are high because there are very few people to pay taxes.
It seems like the only business left is the Elliott Co. If you build a casino other businesses will build around it and so on and so on.