To the editor:
Recently our family returned home from an evening out and sat down to read the Sunday May 22 Capital News. Two items drew our attention, one about The Reel Hunger Film Festival and the other Lake City Casino expansion.
The placement of the article, Raising Awareness About Going Hungry, above a huge colour advertisement for the “Fabulous” new Lake City Casino expansion is in exceptionally poor taste.
The advertisement for the 10,000 sq foot addition to the Casino and an extra 232 slot machine, as well as poker room and more smoking patios left my family ‘fuming.’
Yes, we know that another 50 people will have jobs, but at what cost? No company invests $13 million without expecting to get a good return on that investment.
Gambling is not illegal and if you can afford to gamble and have the will power to know when to stop, so much the better. But not all of the patrons of the casino are well off. Not all have the will power to stop gambling when they should. There is always that hope that they will win the ‘big one.’
The incongruity of the two items being so close to each other. In Kelowna we have homeless people, families forced to live separately so that they can sleep in safety. There is not enough affordable housing and more people than ever rely on the food bank to provide their families with necessary nutrition.
But we have a 30,000 sq ft casino. Fabulous.
It is a sad state of affairs when we have to have food bank donation boxes in grocery stores, Christmas in July campaigns, donations to the food bank as the cost of entrance to events, etc., and yet we have an amoral amount of money being invested in a casino.
I hope that many people go to events being put on by the food bank and The Okanagan Institute and take the opportunity to learn that hunger has many faces.
But I also know that many others will be visiting the fabulous new casino—that’s their choice.
Heather & Barry Yeats, Norma Taylor