As the coronavirus began to spread, I praised Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak for shutting down the state, including all of our casinos. Closing down an entire industry which makes more money in a month than most states earn in an entire year took courage. It was the right thing to do.
However, after pressure from the moronic Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman, Sisolak allowed the casinos to reopen on June 4th. Since that time, 123 patrons were tested positive for Covid-19, and one 51-year-old male employee of Caesar’s Palace died from the effects of the pandemic. The virus is surging across the nation once again.
I worked in the casinos in Northern Nevada for 20 years. I suffered from the greed of casino owners and the operators who represented major corporations until I couldn’t take any longer.
After I left the “dens of sin” I began my first novel. It is called “A Little Murder in the Biggest Little City.” A casino employee begins a murderous spree by killing casino employees who “wronged” him. Some of those who purchased my novel found it difficult to believe that working in the industry was as demeaning and unpleasant as described in my story. I told them it was worse.
The owners of the Vegas casinos have no concern for their customers; only what’s in their wallets is of importance.
As for Mayor Goodman, her future elections and some perks from the casinos, her lifestyle is dependent on the reopening of the casinos and the sound of busy slot machines.
America is a business, not a country. The one percent super rich citizens of our nation’s people control 90 percent of the wealth. Corporations control our government at all levels through the use of lobbies and simple bribery. If this does not change, fascists like Donald Trump will soon control every aspect of our nation’s future.
Vote on November 3rd and save the futures of your loved ones and your friends.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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My eight novels, including “The Holiday Killer,” are available on Amazon’s free Kindle app
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