December 20, 2014
Editorial

Economic stimulus is on the horizon

By Tim Barnum
Staff Writer
Posted 10/1/08

The Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe is mulling over applications for two-percent revenue sharing for the second time this year, making it obvious that the casino going up in Standish Township was not only exciting, but also beneficial.

Standish Township Supervisor said it best last time the funds were distributed when he said, “You want to talk about economic stimulus? It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Trombley’s township was awarded $50,000, which it then invested into the Standish Area Fire Authority.

That was then, this is now, and once again governmental and educational units are applying for funds that’ll fix infrastructure, enhance recreation and give a financial shot in the arm to townships looking to improve the local quality of life.

That’s why the casino’s opening was huge to Arenac County. It gave schools a chance to develop new courses and make curriculum more all-encompassing, emergency responders additional security in knowing that emergencies could be spearheaded with the latest technology and financially strapped governments the chance to repair a road.

All of this, while also increasing the traffic through the county, giving businesses a better chance to draw customers — economic stimulus.

This wasn’t always the case, though. When the casino was in its early stages, many people were looking past the benefits it would bring to the area and decided to focus on the negatives, such as the potential for more crime.

While crime has without a doubt increased due to the influx of out-of-towners packing the slot rooms, not all with the intentions to gamble without drugs or alcohol in their system, the casino’s operation has done more good than bad – way more.

And to those who are still opposed to the presence of the establishment, a challenge should be issued. The challenge is to confront a local firefighter, township supervisor or school administrator and ask them if they would stop requesting two-percent funds to protest the casino.

They’d say no. They should say no. In a time where every dollar counts and a time when grants are drying up ridiculously fast, money from an outside source is incredibly important.

So unless there are some local millionaires who would like to make massive contributions to schools, fire departments, the county, cities, police units, townships and more, everyone should be happy, or continue to be happy, about the casino’s opening.

And when the new developments finally come, welcome them with open arms.

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