In the cold of January motivation is tough for me. The smartasses out there will question when in the year motivation is easy but I'll let that slide.
Writing has been hard since IWPS. The muse has been returning. There are fragments around but it's been difficult to finish anything, and when I seek feedback and get none it gets a bit frustrating. So I'll continue on my own path.
There's a local issue happening I'm going to spout off on. Issue Three essentially gives one company the rights to operate a casino in four Ohio cities and specifically determines where to place them.
I'm not a gambler. Or, shall I say, I'm a horrible gambler. I've been in a handful of casinos in Niagara Falls and Fort Erie, Ontario and Wheeling, West Virginia and was not compelled to return after giving them twenty bucks.
Do I think there should be a casino in Columbus. If it's done right, yes. Issue Three was a terrible amendment to Ohio's constitution. Would you like it if a majority of voters in the state were allowed to decide that only one company was allowed to operate a grocery store in your city, complete with location? Did not think so.
That's my beef with Issue Three. But it passed and a vocal contingent is now trying to amend the amendment. Other locations in the city are being suggested, including one down about two miles down the block from where I live, at the site of the vacant Cooper Stadium - and another about three miles west of me, at the site of the closed Delphi Plant or the dead on the concrete Westland Mall.
Now west side folks are up in arms about crime increasing if a casino comes into play out here.
Crime increasing. In west Columbus?!?
I'd rather have a card dealer at the casino live next door instead of a drug dealer.
Would I want a casino in those locations? Sure, why not. The sites are dead. There are worse things to do with the sites, such as allowing them to sit vacant.