Letters From Readers: Casino would bring jobs; no surprise with property tax

2013-01-01T00:15:00Z 2013-12-11T10:12:45Z Letters From Readers: Casino would bring jobs; no surprise with property tax Journal Times
January 01, 2013 12:15 am

Casino would bring jobs

In the front page of the Dec. 23 Journal Times, there is an article on Gov. Walker.

He says he is taking a different, more conciliatory approach, but his goal remains the same: Jobs.

Walker talks out of both sides of his mouth. The Kenosha dog track has been wanting a casino for years. If it goes through, it would mean 3,200 jobs. Walker said the only way that would happen is if the Potawatomi tribe would agree to it. They have been fighting it for years. Merry Christmas, Mr. Walker.

Leonard Juliano

Mount Pleasant

No surprise with property tax

The definition of insanity is receiving my property tax bill from Racine every year and expecting that it would remain relatively unchanged from the previous year.

My home assessment dropped another $10,000, but my taxes went up $357.

After the initial shock and awe, I realized it was no surprise at all. The two biggest spenders year after year are the city and the school district, and those are where I get the least return on my money.

The mayor is an Obama wannabe, so failed leadership at the federal level is the same as failed leadership at the local level — yet he gets re-elected. Racine has a poor track record of electing its mayor since Jim Smith left, and I don’t expect that will change.

The school district and the School Board are no different. The board has never met a referendum it didn’t like and the graduation rate continues to be anemic, regardless of how much money we throw at it.

Again, the same people or those with the same ideology continue to get elected. I have been here 17 years and lost count of the referendums.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Soon we will be empty nesters, and happiness will be Raytown in my rearview mirror.

Craig Shimetz


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  1. Blindman
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    Blindman - January 01, 2013 8:55 pm
    Am I mistaken??...Both sides agree this "mayor" shouln't be?
  2. ordmm
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    ordmm - January 01, 2013 1:06 pm
    ggodmuls....BINGO! (could'nt resist) And yeah,,,what he said about taking away jobs from those who need them!
  3. ordmm
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    ordmm - January 01, 2013 10:57 am
    An American....Would imagine McCullum was pretty wary of getting involved after Jim Doyle was found to have received around 10K in illegal campaign contributions from Dennis Troha. FBI was involved. Other pols rec'd money but returned it...all except Big Jim Doyle. Yeah...them Dems are such an honest lot.
  4. Gearhead
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    Gearhead - January 01, 2013 10:48 am
    Sure Leonard, a casino would create jobs. But so would a rendering plant, and nobody is calling for one of those either. Difference being the plant actually creates something of value, unlike rendering gamblers (ahhh, gamers) penniless.
  5. layedback
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    layedback - January 01, 2013 9:20 am
    As a former educator within RUSD I couldn't have said it any better than Craig Shimetz. I watched 30 years of tax dollars being wasted and as he stated no returns. It hasn't changed and its actually getting worse. As we lower the bars on administrators licensing, teachers' classroom effective practices, lowered the bar and standards on our graduation requirements, the atrophy continues.

    Very well written Craig Shimetz, could you be an RUSD graduate? If so, you had a great English teacher.
  6. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - January 01, 2013 7:18 am
    Hopefully Craig is also - IF residents of Racine haven't been paying attention, home prices are dropping to well under $50,000 - if not outright unsaleable. David Hazen is about to issue another $30M worth of debt in addition to the recent re-fi of $10M for school improvements and maintenance. Gateway also just issued more bonds, and of course the 2014 budget for The City of Racine is going to be very difficult, at best.

    Hundreds of City of Racine homes for sale - Starting at $6,237


    In a couple of years, property owners in The City of Racine will be merely Bagholders for the Bondholders.

    2013 Predictions here: http://racineinruins.wordpress.com/
  7. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - January 01, 2013 7:08 am
    While An American blames resistance to the Casino on Governor Walker - he ignores the concerns of Minorities and the impact it might have on their Community:

    "Kenosha Casino a bad bet for Milwaukee minorities: 22 September 2012

    The Milwaukee Urban League is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to take a closer look at the impacts a proposed $1 billion off-reservation casino in Kenosha, WI will have on Milwaukee’s minority community.

    The federal government recently issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) which analyzes the impacts the proposed casino may have on the community and region. However, according to the Urban League, the FEIS fails to properly examine the impacts the project will have on Milwaukee and its’ minority community.


    Doyle veto expected on casino oversight bill

    "The legislation gives Milwaukee a voice on off-reservation casino proposals being spearheaded by a Connecticut tribe with no connections to Wisconsin and a millionaire, well-connected developer without an once of Native American blood."

    There is an increasing concern about the Connecticut Tribe's plans for their off-reservation casino in Kenosha that ends up transferring jobs out of Milwaukee and out of state," Walsh said.

    The Milwaukee Building Trades Council, comprised of the bulk of Milwaukee area trade unions, has also endorsed the Kenosha project and called for the veto.


    An American - you clearly distort the facts and seem to have a complete disregard for people of color who have concerns beyond merely "making money" and oppose the casino. Exactly who do YOU represent? The rich and the white - ONLY?

  8. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - January 01, 2013 6:44 am
    There are Indian casinos everywhere - this Kenosha casino would take a piece of the action from the existing casinos and cause them financial losses. The Pottawatomie have every right - and cause for concern - to oppose a casino that would take their business. Also - casinos are service sector jobs and gambling causes many societal ills. The overwhelming majority of casino players are - LOSERS.

    You're just looking for a brief flurry of union activity in constructing the casino - because that is all it will be. The truth is that the Union Carpenters Kenosha Local Union priced themselves out of the market by joining the Chicago Council of Carpenters and voting themselves $30/hr+ on the check, and then there is the benefit package. It is understandable they want the casino - to give their members work - but then what?

    Republicans are opposed to Jobs and a robust economy.

    Do you even understand what you say? Seriously. You are a true victim of the Public Fool system. Republicans aren't much better than Democrats, but at least they are trying to help Wisconsin compete in the 21st. C global economy - it's reality, and yes, you don't like it, but then public employee fantasy land doesn't exist.

    LOOK! Gov. Chris Christie just DOUBLED employment for Police Officers in Camden New Jersey by extinguishing the Camden Police Dept. and replacing it with the County Metro Police Dept. They were able to hire TWICE as many cops at less than half the price! WIN! WIN! Jobs for the people, money in their pocket!

    NOW, it's Wisconsin's turn to follow the lead of New Jersey and dump the public employee unions!
  9. outoftowner53105
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    outoftowner53105 - January 01, 2013 4:17 am
    I recall that Kenosha had a non-binding referendum on a new casino. The referendum passed and the governor said he didn't care. Kenosha was not getting a casino deal.

    Who was that governor? As I recasll his name was Doyle.

    I wonder. Was Leonard crying about it when Doyle was getting kickbacks so that Kenosha wouldn't get a casino?
  10. An American
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    An American - January 01, 2013 12:15 am
    Scott McCullumn, a Republican said no to the Casino. Now, Republican Snotty Scottty is looking for a way to deny the casino. Sooner or later, voters in Racine and Kenosha will have it figured out -- Republicans are opposed to Jobs and a robust economy.
  11. jrunny
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    jrunny - December 31, 2012 10:49 pm
    There should be no new casinos until the tribes renew the compactss and the state the fair share of profits DEM doylet gave away
  12. Blindman
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    Blindman - December 31, 2012 9:34 pm
    "Racine Writer" must be a renter.
  13. Green Racinereal
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    Green Racinereal - December 31, 2012 9:34 pm
    Lets give the Mayor a gift, of Go Go Girls http://racineinruins.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/give-the-mayor-a-gift-of-love/
  14. Blindman
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    Blindman - December 31, 2012 9:32 pm
    Leonard...I think Walker wants the casinos in this state to be owned in this state...The one proposed in Kenosha is from out of state.
  15. Racine Writer
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    Racine Writer - December 31, 2012 8:59 pm
    Good riddance, Craig.
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