Ramblings from Reggie: Gambling boat not the center of economic redevelopment

I’m with the mayor on this one. A gambling boat should not be the center of an economic redevelopment plan. There are great debates about what a gambling facility does and doesn’t do for a region. My belief is that once states allowed bingo decades ago, the gloves were off.

Let’s be real here: gambling is gambling. It is typical government hypocrisy to allow and regulate bingo, pull tabs, lottery, etc., and say we can’t have a casino. Either make gambling illegal, or not illegal.

We all know which way that debate will stand because of greedy governments, so let’s open it up. If Chicago wants to be the third gambling mecca in the U.S., so be it. Let them open all the casinos they want.

I see the mayor is gaining confidence and votes from the council. I like his vision and think he deserves another term. I know this is an early proclamation, but he has the right stuff to reinvent Rockford.

How has our state constitution been so bastardized that three people control a great state like Illinois? We need to vote out “The Three Kings” so we can start to take back our state.

A-Rod yelling “I got it” to the Blue Jays shortstop and third baseman, making them drop the ball, is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in baseball in years. Major Leaguers have been doing that stuff for years, and it is funny when it actually works. By the way, my Yankees still stink!

Memorial Day has come and gone, but I forgot to say thanks to every man and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Shame on me.

The Sunni tribesmen have finally figured out that the insurgents are worse than our American forces. Maybe they will finally get it and take control of their own country, Iraq. The mainstream press seems to be only able to report body counts and bad news from Iraq. There is very good news, and patience will be the key to the U.S. finally getting out.

Have you been to Angelo’s Restaurant lately? Cindy is doing a great job, as always.

Fred Thompson is jumping into the presidential race—he or Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee.

Who says there is nothing to do in Rockford? Two Olympians in a pitching duel, Danica Mania hitting Ranger Stadium, AirFest with the Blue Angels, Colonial Cup Champions, RiverHawks, Mayor’s Arts Awards, Jane, Anderson Gardens, Klehm, 35th Anniversary of Charlotte’s Web, Coco Key Water Park, Magic Waters—and the list goes on and on.

Swilligan’s is humming along, as is the rest of downtown. Thanks to all our customers who love downtown.

Reggie Roberson is owner of Swilligan’s “The Pub,” 200 N. Church St.

from the June 6-12, 2007, issue

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