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    Cedar Rapids Casino Vote on March 5th

    I wanted to post an email from the founder of my company, and the chairman of the Zach Johnson Foundation, Pat Cobb. The Cobbs are a great family, and are EXTREMELY generous. A lesser known fact about me is that I have been on the donation committee here at work for years. I have witnessed firsthand how wonderful these folks really are (The Cobbs and Steve Gray). Our donation committee does all sorts of things for charity, all sorts of things for the greater good of CR, and we spend a TON of time, money, and other resource making our surrounding communities a better to be. I’ve known the Cobbs most of my life (they attend my church) and feel that their cause if very just.

    Pat just sent this email out to me and a few others today and invited me to share:

    “This is the first time I have been bold enough to send out an email concerning a political issue and I hope you will indulge me.

    March 5th Linn County voters will be asked to vote on a referendum to allow a local group to go forward with the process of making application for a license to operate a casino in Linn County. If the vote passes the process will continue to the state commission, if it fails it cannot be resubmitted to voters for at least 8 more years. Even if the vote is passed there are no assurances that license will be granted. However, if the vote is positive, the greater percentage of yes votes that are cast, the more the commission is likely to approve the request. In other words, if only 51% of residents want to have a casino we are less likely to be granted a license. I ask that you vote positively for the this referendum and I will explain below why I think it is important.

    First, in an effort at full disclosure I will tell you that Sandi and I are investors in the group and have an opportunity to profit from a casino if one is built. This is the least important reason to ask you to support the effort.

    In my view, our city has been devastated over the past decade with job losses that have had a very negative impact on our community. If you have been here any length of time you will remember P&H Cranes, FMC Link Belt, Terex (formally Cedarapids Inc.) Midland Forge, Cryovac and others that are no longer operating in our community. They are all operating in other areas of the country. With the loss of these companies many jobs have been lost and some people have been forced to take lower paying jobs, have re-located or are still looking for employment. Jobs are the basis for any community to grow and prosper. The casino will bring many jobs, both for the construction of the facility and for ongoing full time jobs to operate the business. Estimates are about 400 full time jobs with an average pay of $40,000 per year. These jobs will help many people who need a job or a better job. As you multiply this amount through the many times it impacts our area, the impact is very significant.

    Obviously we are still suffering from the negative impact of the floods of 2008. Many parts of our community are suffering, some parts of our community are gone forever. The proposed site for the casino on the near west side will go a long way toward bringing that area back to an enjoyable and attractive part of our city. We can also be sure that the casino will serve as a magnet for other businesses to locate near the activity the casino will create. That also equates to more job opportunities as well as capital investment. With the new Convention Center, revitalized downtown hotel and the amphitheater in addition to the casino, we will see many new visitors to the community which will add to our economic vitality.

    Please also allow me to defend my friend Steve Gray. He is a solid citizen and a wonderful family man. He has invested a tremendous amount of time and energy in this community and for him to be personally defamed with this effort is a tragedy. Steve has willingly contributed at the highest level to the Zach Johnson Foundation and has always been willing to help in any way he can. He is also heavily invested in other not-for-profit activities and is supportive of the community. One thing you won’t hear in the media is all he has done to help fledgling entrepreneurs get business started and grow them locally. I assure you he is a good man. He may earn a lot of money, he also gives back very generously to this community.

    There are people who have serious moral concerns about casino gambling and I certainly respect their position. I would only say that that train has left the station. This vote is not really about gambling, it is about keeping gambling proceeds in Linn County instead of Waterloo, Riverside and Tama. Iowa has 18 casinos up and operating. They are working well for all of those 14 communities. The city administrator from Riverside is quoted in the Sunday Gazette telling us that he was hired because so much gambling money was coming to Riverside, that Riverside will be debt free in a few months, and they have lowered the property tax rate in Washington County. Is it any wonder that they are spending $1.5 Million to keep Linn County out of that business. That spending alone should tell us that gaming revenues are beneficial; they just want to have all of the benefit.

    So I ask each of you to vote on March 5th or earlier if you choose. (I voted yesterday) Also, please ask your spouse, friends, neighbors and associates to do the same thing. Remember, ALL of the NO votes WILL go to the polls, please don’t assume it will pass because you don’t hear much against the proposal. The No voters will get to the polls!!!

    You are free to share my thoughts with anyone you choose, and thank you for reading this to the end.

    Pat”

    I hope you guys come out to show support for this great project on or before March 5th. Thanks guys!
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    vote yes!
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    There is a casino 30 min south why do we need another one.....
    "U guys are a bunch of pathetic fucks Ryan your the worst" -Eddy B
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    Quote Originally Posted by derek072887 View Post
    There is a casino 30 min south why do we need another one.....
    Why would Linn county residents want tax dollars to continue to leave the county? For the people who disapprove for moral reasons, I understand. From an economic stand point, a Casino is very good. It brings jobs, tax revenue, and keeps dollars working locally. Tangiablly, it can be further assumed that other business will be able to strive near or on casino property. Who cares if black hawk co gets 5.75% vs Linn Cos 3%, 3 is better than 0 all day long.

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    Cedar Rapids needs this to get back on their feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derek072887 View Post
    There is a casino 30 min south why do we need another one.....
    Didn't stop the Quad Cities from putting The Isle up in Bettendorf, Rhythm City in Davenport and Jumers across the river in Rock Island.

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    I really only care because my mom is very high up at the Riverside casino... and I don't want them to lose business lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by derek072887 View Post
    I really only care because my mom is very high up at the Riverside casino... and I don't want them to lose business lol
    My guess is that they won't lose much. Most Cedar Rapidians that gamble (I know quite a few of them) would much rather go to Dubuque.

    Also, Riverside's golf course is a load of shit. I played their last year (to the tune of like 75-100 bucks for the round)....never again.

    Make sure you give your mom my feedback as well. If you want more specifics, I'll be happy to give them to you. The only way to solve problems is to accept feedback and admit that there is a problem.
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    I as well know a few CR people that prefer to go to and do go to Riverside frequently, the golf course I couldn't care less about as I couldn't swing a golf club properly to save my life... but the golf course really isn't even part of this as the CR casino isn't even trying to have one.

    If they wouldn't loose a good chunk of business do you think they would be spending the 1.5 mil to go against the CR casino?
    "U guys are a bunch of pathetic fucks Ryan your the worst" -Eddy B
    "no one gives two shits if he built it or purchased it.. or if it was purchased by his dad. you just sound like a jealous bitch. move along" -k-ville
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