Letters to the Editor

Odds should be against casino


Re: Biz groups host pro-casino ‘united front,’ Dec. 4.

I was perplexed on reading that executive directors Cliff Annable, Anita Huberman and Bill Reid, representing their respective business groups, would support a casino complex.

To people reading this, one would think they received huge support from most of their members. Is this really true? I have heard that these organizations represent only a small number of businesses in the region most affected by a proposed casino.

I understand that when Annable’s South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce came out in support of a casino, there were fewer than a dozen businesses represented at that meeting. This would suggest they do not speak for the vast majority of businesses in this area.

Could this be somewhat true of Huberman’s Surrey Board of Trade and Reid’s Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce? Do these last two even have a say in what is to be done in South Surrey?

Regardless of what studies have been done, arguments for and against, common sense should prevail. There will be an increase in crime and addiction. There will be a huge increase in noise pollution. There will be immediate property devaluation for those nearby. There will be destruction to the animals and flora. There will be disruption to our services during construction.

The whole idea of a rural setting will vanish. To what extent, no one can really predict.

I am no expert, but common sense tells me this is definitely not the site for a huge complex of this nature.

John Wilcock, Surrey

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An open letter to Surrey council.

Listen up, Surrey councillors. Make no mistake – the opposition to the proposed Gateway casino runs a hell of a lot deeper than anyone has guessed thus far.

As part of a survey organized by the South Surrey Ratepayers Association, I was asked to canvass the neighbourhood as to whether or not they supported the proposal. The results surprised me.

Of the 12 households, only one was in favour, 10 were against and one had no opinion. Wow!

This should be a signal for the councillors to conduct their own surveys in the coffee shops and malls in South Surrey.

The message I was hearing was that the casino was being regarded as a socio-economic parasite that would feed on all those who would enters its portals.

A few folks asked me when the next civic elections are to take place.

Jim Cosford, Surrey



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