Courthouse Annex is an eyesore; stores are closing downtown; let's embrace gambling
Published: Sunday, October 3, 2010 2:23 AM CDT
To the editor:
Local TV news reports that Webb County Courthouse Annex has again been vandalized and has become an eyesore.
The Laredo Heritage Foundation wants to preserve its historic value with money that doesn’t exist.
Downtown eyesores are increasing rapidly as stores are closing.
It’s what makes the downtown area look like a rundown flea market.
Our heritage may soon be a ghost town.
We can’t even afford to maintain adequate infrastructure (streets, sidewalks, drainage/sewer systems and water treatment plants, school systems, transit systems).
We can’t afford to live in the past; the future is here now.
If we want to develop Laredo into a “destination” tourist attraction, why not make it into a gambling Mecca like the Mississippi and Louisina prosperous enterprises?
America is moving forward in time, not backward. Prohibition didn’t work 90 years ago; if we don’t learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it.
Clifford A. Gibeaut
We have to give up the idea of gambling becoming legal in Texas and waterparks opening up in Laredo. Even if by some miracle Texas would allow gambling, people would still not come to Laredo. They would drop their money somewhere else, like San Antonio.