The author of the Jan. 31 letter "Jobs from casino would come at too high a price" presents himself as some kind of demographic or land development expert when it comes to casino development, or better yet, an aficionado of Atlantic City.
The writer states that Atlantic City resembles a war zone. Has the contributor been in combat? I submit that Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq are better examples of a war zone.
If the writer reads the newspaper daily, he can see that by his definitiur communities also resemble a war zone. Shootings, stabbings, deaths, beatings, robberies, car thefts, illegal gambling and the like are reported nearly every day. I submit that the towns making up Beaufort County and beyond are not war zones, but wonderful, family-oriented communities.
And unfortunately prostitution, pornography and drug trafficking are found in any town, not just communities with legalized gambling.
The writer also states that organized crime is rampant in Atlantic City. Is it really? I wonder whether he discussed this issue with Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford or perhaps Gov. Chris Christie orAtlantic City Police Department Deputy Chief Henry White.
Let's cut through the chase to the real issue at hand -- a casino in Hardeeville. This is the 21st century, and one should expect change. Some might not be to our personal liking, but without change, there is no progress. Before chastising Atlantic City or the casino industry, let's give the casino developer the opportunity to fully present its proposal before making final judgment.
Hilton Head Island