I titled this article as kasse no? As in CasiNo. Kasse means tease in Chamorro. So the title is understood as tease right? The reason being that the law is flawed in its entirety. What the proponents of the casino failed to understand is that the casino dream does not happen overnight. Let’s imagine that it had become a reality. It will take many stages until its completion. The Retirement Fund may be closed by the time of its completion. Meaning the initial $2 million deposit was a bonus! Now if the Saipan gaming commission rejects both investors, then it opens the doors for a new titan investor. At this point, you may already know whom I am talking about. The partners for this venture will surely make their money first. The partners get the cake, the lawmakers get the pie, and we get the crumbs. Sorry folks but I am with Ambrose on this one. I see his logic.
The bill is custom-made for one investor. Have we already forgotten that a casino consultant from Hong Kong explained that it’s stiff competition due to the proximity of Macau? And how many tourists do you expect will play in the casino? This kind of entertainment is only made for a certain group who likes gaming. Tourists are here with their families for leisure. I believe a mega mall is much suitable. It is a friendly environment that entices both tourist and locals far and wide. The best part of it, it’s for the young and old to enjoy as it will serve as a major attraction day and night. A place for us to go to since the La Fiesta Mall closed its doors.
It’s shameful to have our island billed as a mecca for gambling and other ill-related activities that may soon follow. Which brings me to coin another word: “para-dice!” So are we an island paradise or para-dice? The mayor and MVA must step up efforts promoting our island in full gear and block this evil entity that would taint the face of the place we call home.
Vincent G. Cabrera
Chalan Piao, Siapan