In praise of casinos
I read with interest and some amusement The Spokesman-Review casino article (Feb. 25) and Feb. 28 letter from Dwight Bailey bemoaning the success of the Northern Quest Casino, and resulting loss of revenue for some downtown businesses. Perhaps this is some payback for the decimation of entire tribes and cultures by the white man’s guns and diseases back in the 1800s and early 1900s.
The Northern Quest Casino is a clean, classy and friendly venue that has produced probably hundreds of Las Vegas-quality concerts. The Pavilion is a great place for community events. It provides decent employment to many who would otherwise not be working.
I can go out there and enjoy an event and a meal before or after at any of their restaurants without having to deal with downtown traffic, parking or street thugs attacking me. Whether or not I choose to gamble while there is up to me.
The name of the game in our capitalistic society is competition, and Northern Quest does a fine job of it. If the protesting gentlemen don’t like it, why don’t they book some of these acts into downtown venues like the casinos do? Kudos to the casinos for their success.