Tuesday, December 5, 2006
The first thing you must know is The Pensblog is a non-political website. We all have our beliefs but they will never be printed.
With that said, it is December 5th and we are 15 days away from the biggest day in Penguins history. And even though we hold no power, or persuading charm, we will not go down without a fight. People will have their beliefs, which is fine. But if you are going to stand against something (in this case the idea of Isle of Capri), make sure you have decent arguments.
First up in the moron convention is:
Hill District: Italian for 7th Circle of Hell
Hey it's me Jake Wheatley.
Some of his arguments:
- The Penguins and their gambling partner, Isle of Capri, haven't been willing to work with the community.
- He said they chose developer Nationwide Realty for community development work around a new arena and appointed members of their nonprofit development group, Pittsburgh First, without community input.
- He said residents and neighbors like Duquesne University have "compelling arguments why they don't want to see the casino [in the Hill District]."
- His mantra: "We will fight tooth and nail to make sure no gambling facility comes into my neighborhood," he said.
The following is the exact letter sent to Mr. Wheatley from the Pensblog Staff:
I hope this letter finds you and finds you well. I just wanted to ask you a few questions about your relentless attack on the Isle of Capri's plan to build a new arena near the lower Hill District. I can totally appreciate your passionate pleas; I respect a man who his not afraid to stick up for his cause. But unfortunately Mr. Wheatley, respect isn't something that I believe you deserve. You stand on your podiums and behind your microphones chanting about how you do not want a casino in your near your neighborhoods. Interesting, isn't it? You have said many times Pittsburgh doesn't do enough for the "hill", right? And you say this casino will bring crime, right? And it will further destroy your neighborhood? But it's okay if it's in the North Side or the South Side. The crime and overall degradation of society...it can happen everywhere but the Hill District? Mr. Wheatley, how big do you think Pittsburgh is? Do you know? How far is the Hill from the Southside? or the Northside? Is it that far where people won't be able to go? Do you think before you talk? For all the energy you have put into lobbying against the Isle of Capri casino, how come you haven't put the same energy into actually helping the Hill District? Or are people supposed to get shot everyday? Is that how it works?
Your statement in October of this year:
"People on the Hill don’t want the casino, especially not without significant concessions to the community that are currently lacking. The Isle of Capri proposal is the only one of the three in a residential area."
Oh, what tangled webs we weave, Mr. Wheatley.
Isle of Capri is also the only one promising to help the area. And how residential is the area? Could you please present some facts? Anything that doesn't come across as just whining?
And I know what you thinking. Wow big deal. The only reason this letter is here is because the Penguins ties to it. And you know what? Your damn right it is.
Your arguments are meaningless and ill-fated, and remember.....even if the Casino isn't in the Hill, it's going to be somewhere around Pittsburgh. You'd think if it were in your backyard you could work with them to better the situation. But instead you will just see it off. Because sadly, Mr. Wheatley, you care only about yourself, and you have to be right.
The time is near...so when are you actually going to make a decent argument without trying to suck up to voters?
The Pensblog Staff
P.S. I hope the intern you probably hired to read your email enjoys this letter, because he/she will be seeing it twice a day everyday until December 20th unless you take time out of your make-believe schedule to respond to us. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to cause a nice little fuss?
Copy and paste our letter, go to the website below...and e-mail this letter to him.
We've already done it three times.
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