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The Suburbanite
  • Letter to Editor: Say no to Green racino

  • Green recently celebrated its 20th year as a city. Instead of a big celebration, we learned a casino and race track was considering a move into Green. Talk about a massive lump of coal for a gift.  Of all the development that could come to our city, this is the most damaging and destructive concept that you could come up with.   

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  • Green recently celebrated its 20th year as a city. Instead of a big celebration, we learned a casino and race track was considering a move into Green. Talk about a massive lump of coal for a gift.  Of all the development that could come to our city, this is the most damaging and destructive concept that you could come up with.   
    Green is a great community. We are a conservative community. People keep their yards manicured, attend church, are involved in boosters and sports and enjoy raising their families in a safe community. The school district is among the best in the state, which affords us the ability to draw talented teachers. The buildings are fairly new, and the learning environment is safe.
    Our community has enjoyed well- planned and thoughtful growth over the last two decades. Companies like InfoCision, FedEx, Allen Keith Construction, and many others have expanded or relocated in Green. Akron General and Summa both have made large investments in our community with outpatient facilities and emergency rooms. Giant Eagle is adding a large addition to its store and Acme Fresh Market is planning a high-end concept store. Diebold will build a massive new world headquarters here too.
    Why did all these companies choose Green?    
    Our elected leaders have had the vision over the last 20 years to plan areas for specific development. Overall, the plans make sense.
    Our community is one of the safest in Northeast Ohio. The Summit County Sheriff's office has done a fantastic job protecting our community and has a satellite location and training facility in our community. The Green Fire Department is a highly qualified with the latest life saving equipment. Response times are low.    
    Do you see a pattern here? Thoughtful planning, measured development, investment in schools and in safety services: all these things make a great place to live.
    Now, someone explain to me like I am a 4-year-old how in the world a casino fits in a community like this!
    Here’s what they say: The promise of tax dollars and jobs. We have a strong tax base and our community is one of the few that was able to make it through the economic downturn unscathed.
    All kinds of jobs will be coming to Green. We already have jobs coming here, and most pay more than casino jobs.
    More tax dollars for our schools. I would rather pay the higher taxes myself. I know many will disagree here, but it is what it is.
    A casino will strain our safety services. There will be more crime and drunk drivers to deal with because we know gamblers are such a responsible bunch. Property values with be tremendously affected. Infrastructure will need to be improved. And most of all this will change the entire area.
    Page 2 of 2 - Once we go down this slippery slope, there is no way to go back.
    This casino/race track combination goes against everything that Green is and will be. We must do all we can to stop the idea in its tracks before it becomes more than an idea.
    The message needs to be loud and clear, not in our town.
    So join me and others in our fight to protect our community. Most of you have spent most of your life to make sure this type of development never happens.
    Green is great and growing, let's keep it going.
    Des Wertheimer, Concerned
    Citizens Against Casinos
    330-328-5944