Bristol, January 08, 2019: I could list lots of statistics and numbers and projections — but I’m not really good at that stuff. Instead, I will direct you to a site where you can view all three regarding the proposed Bristol Casino and Convention Center — and I truly hope you do. You should educate yourself — for the future of our good town and region. Visit bristolcasinoresort.com.
I am very sensitive to anything that would possibly “take advantage” of the poor, having taught at both the Bristol Jail and in Bristol Virginia Public Schools for many years. I have devoted my entire life (literally) to serving the poor and helping them learn how to uplift themselves from poverty through the Great Equalizer: education according to reports published in heraldcourier.com
My mother taught me a most remarkable thing about fear: The best way to overcome it is to face it down.
One cannot fully predict the outcome of any new venture. Such is life, when taking a chance on anything big and potentially wonderful. And that, my friends, is where faith comes in. Faith in Bristol. Faith in its people to do what’s best.
I was given a personal 2-hour tour of the proposed casino/convention center recently, by none other than the two main investors themselves, Jim McGlothlin and Clyde Stacy. I set foot in virtually every part of the old mall (yes, it brought back fond memories). I was especially thrilled to hear about and view the gigantic children’s recreation/activity area (which, by the way, is many thousands of square feet larger than the casino itself — as the casino will occupy only about 10 percent of the entire complex, the rest of which will be for family dining, shopping, a live venue for local musicians, the children’s rec center, and a convention/conference center.) During my tour, I never once heard Jim or Clyde mention a thing about how much money they might make from this business venture. Yet I heard innumerable enthused references about how greatly this project will enrich and invigorate beleaguered Bristol and our entire economically depressed region.