Miller County Missouri’s Presiding Commissioner TOM WRIGHT and longtime real estate businessman JOE ROEGER (“Ray’ ger’”) living at the Lake of the Ozarks say “NO!” to placing an Indian casino right at the Lake!
“Our Lake area is a wholesome entertainment center for families, not to be a gambling area with all its problems,” they both say.
Entities “representing” the Indian casino interests have purchased land on the shore of the Lake of the Ozarks where they hope to build a casino.
Casino interests tried to do this years ago, in the early 2,000’s. There was resistance to it then, and there is continued opposition today by those who hope to protect the area from negative influences.
DICK BOTT is the founder of the 120 radio stations of Bott Radio Network – about 40 of which are in Missouri — and then President of BRN (See www.bottradionetwork.com).
“Mr. Bott interviewed me for the Bott Radio Network when they tried to put a casino down here early in the 2,000’s. I opposed a casino coming to the Lake (of the Ozarks) then, and I am opposing it now!” said Presiding Commissioner Tom Wright of Miller County, on the Lake of the Ozarks shoreline.
Current Bott Radio Network President RICH BOTT (son of Dick Bott) recently called me with the idea that I would get in touch with a Real Estate developer on the Lake, Joe Roeger. I did. You can hear the wisdom of Joe as well as that of Tom Wight on this recording.
Joe, opposing any casino in his area, gave his “testimony” to me in our conversation. “Evangelist CHARLES CHATMAN preached in a series of meetings in a church here 32 years ago. In one of those meetings, I invited JESUS CHRIST to come and live in my heart! It seems like last week” Joe added. Thus, Joe is “born again” according to Jesus’ words in John 3:3. He still is enthusiastic and joyful about his ongoing “walk with the Lord!”
Evangelist Chatman, preaching when Joe Roeger was saved (Acts 16:31), is now in Heaven. Charles, in his ministry and in obedience to his “call,” had a major focus on ministering to the nation of Haiti. He made more than 200 round trips there in living out his calling, ministering to the locals, and building orphanages.
[With all the “buzz” (conversation) about “racism,” as exploited in the so-called “Critical Race Theory,” Charles is one more sterling example of white people who have been changed and called by Jesus who love and serve people of every color, including blacks. The mostly white teams that Charles Chatman led to Haiti ministered and helped the black people of Haiti.]
The research of Professor JOHN WARREN KINDT of the University of Illinois discovered that when an area is saturated with gambling options, the number of people developing an addiction to gambling exponentially increases.
“Gambling Anonymous” chapters, (groups) in such areas multiply, and the numbers of people attending, recognizing they have problems due to gambling, increase. And those people are usually embarrassed with having gambled away their finances due to the casinos being “ashamed,” and trying to keep their issues quiet!
Bott Radio Network was a part of the resistance to efforts to expand casinos to the Lake of the Ozarks in the early 2,000’s.
Back in those days, I interviewed PETER HERSCHEND – the key owner of “Herschend Family Enterprises,” which includes Silver Dollar City and a number of other Branson (Missouri) enterprises as well as family entertainment venues around the country. Peter expressed on the radio back then his fierce opposition to casinos invading the Lake of the Ozarks.
I am confident that his opposition continues in this latest effort.
IMPORTANT NOTE !!
Indian casinos are typically operated by non-Indian “outsiders.” The Governor of each state must give approval to locating an Indian casino in a state, which includes Missouri. Any of us can call the GOVERNER PARSONS’ opinion line, as I did. And since I believe Governor Parsons is a follower of Jesus, you should receive a very courteous and warm response, as I did when I recently called.
The Governor’s Opinion line number for any of us to call to express our feelings is 573 751-3222.
Related “Links” to the subjects referenced above are seen below …
To hear … “’GAMBLE OUR WAY INTO PROSPERITY? NO WAY!’ SAYS RESEARCHER PROFESSOR JOHN WARREN KINDT, U OF ILLINOIS” … click on … “Gamble our way into prosperity? No way!” says researcher Professor John Warren Kindt, U of Illinois – Harold Hendrick
To hear … “CHARLES CHATMAN GETS A LIFE-SAVING GIFT FROM HIS DAUGHTER” … click on https://haroldhendrick.com/2008/07/29/charles-chatman-gets-a-life-saving-gift-from-his-daughter/
(Cindy Chatman Clouse gave her father, Evangelist Charles Chatman, one of her kidneys, thus extending his life on earth.)
To hear … “LES BERNAL LEADS WWW.STOPPREDATORYGAMBLING.ORG HARMFUL BOND BETWEEN GOVERNMENT, LEGALIZING GAMBLING” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2008/07/29/charles-chatman-gets-a-life-saving-gift-from-his-daughter/
To hear … “KURT PRENZLER, TREASURER, MADISON COUNTY, IL; FIGHTING VIDEO POKER, THE ‘CRACK COCAINE OF GAMBLING’” … click on … Kurt Prenzler, Treasurer, Madison County, IL; fighting video poker, the “crack cocaine of gambling” – Harold Hendrick; …ANF
To hear … “PROFESSOR JOHN WARREN KINDT, UNIV OF ILLINOIS, PROVIDES SHOCKING, ‘EYE-POPPING’ EXPOSE OF IMPACT OF CASINOS” … CLICK ON … Professor J W Kindt, Univ of Illinois, provides shocking, “eye-popping” expose’ of impact of casinos – Harold Hendrick
To hear … “COMPULSIVE GAMBLER, BANK ROBBER MICHAEL ANDERS (‘BROTHER BOOGIE’) JUNE 5, 2007” … CLICK ON … Anders, Michael (Brother Boogie) June 5, 2007 – Harold Hendrick.