Letters to the editor, July 17
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Updated: August 18, 2012 6:04AM
Casino chief shouldn’t be happy with flat revenues
A statement by Dan Nita, general manager of Horseshoe Casino, that flat revenue is good news to him and he will take it, seems to be a defeat for Indiana’s gaming industry.
Nita frets about Illinois’ gaming bill, when he should be finding ways to improve and make his casino more attractive to customers. He did mention one way to improve business, although he did not realize he did, referring to “popular concerts and attractive gaming programs.”
Maybe Nita should concentrate on those ideas and not be satisfied with a flat line and collecting a paycheck. It would be better to bring more revenue to state coffers.
Gerald E. Jawor
Food vendors unhappy with bus drop off at Gary air show
Just wanted to say how disappointed I was with this year’s Gary South Shore Air Show. Of course, the show itself was good, but if you asked food venders who were there, they would say they lost money.
It was a poor choice not to drop off the bus loads of people near the food vendors. The cost to be a food vendor in the Air Show is pretty high. To not think they were important enough to have the buses unloaded near them was an incredibly stupid choice.
Maybe it wasn’t a choice at all, just poor planning. But, all in all, the food vendors lost money. They should get some of their entry fees back or at least apply something toward next year’s show.
Questions about shelter, Lakeshore Paws partnership
Thank you, Porter County Councilman Dan Whitten, for raising concerns about a county partnership with Lakeshore Paws.
Although Jeanne Sommer is a highly successful Realtor, her rescue group would be considered a “start-up” in business terms, a first-year phenomenon that hasn’t proven its sustainability.
My second concern centers on Lakeshore Paws’ definition of “adoptability,” since it only seems to “rescue” the cutest, healthiest, most marketable animals. Would they consider a 7-year-old surrendered cat, a dog that comes and goes three times before finding a home, all the kittens or the hoarder dogs adoptable?
Between an inexperienced partner and poorly trained animal control officers, I fear the current building again will become a death chamber.
I’m also disturbed by the very premature public announcements about staffers at a new shelter. They seemed to be a slap in the face to current staff members, who have worked so hard to turn around the current shelter.
I would have expected more professionalism from Sommer and the commissioners, as well as private negotiations with at least the current director after a final contract has been signed.