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Letter: Feels like Sycamore was sold out

Published: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my dismay regarding Sycamore’s aldermen’s decision to allow video gambling in bars in our town. What is most disheartening is the City Council’s sentiment that it’s not their role to protect residents from themselves.

Their decision comes on the heels of valid concern expressed by Rev. Bill Landis and Pastor Harlene Harden regarding gambling addiction and poverty issues.

Somehow our aldermen came up with the notion that this decision could make the city roughly $99,000 annually. Really? I’d like to see the math used to derive that number because it seems awfully huge.

Furthermore, I think that one of the roles of our city government IS to protect its citizens and represent their constituents’ voices. Sadly, I feel like we got sold out.

Tim O’Shaughnessy

Sycamore

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