To the editor:
I am not for, or against, the adult-entertainment establishments we currently have in our city (Forest Park). Having said that, what I am for is the well-being of our citizens.
It does not take a rocket scientist to know that closing a major employer in any city is not in the best interest of the city as a whole.
The city council spent an extreme amount of our money to study the secondary effects of that particular industry, which did not prove a thing in the Forest Park constituents' eyes, other than a bunch of outdated theories.
If they truly have the best interests of the city at heart, they should reconsider this matter and consider the secondary effects of putting 200 to 300 people out of work. Just off the top of my head, my common sense tells me that one secondary effect would be the loss of revenue to our already struggling economic situation. Another secondary effect is the safety of our citizens. Desperate people do desperate things.
When people are out of work, and unable to house, feed and clothe their families, crime will most certainly go up. The citizens have been asked to get involved in the neighborhood watch meetings. We are doing our part. Are the council members truly doing theirs by putting us in the crossfire of unemployment and lawsuits?
I know that common sense is not common, but come on: This is a no-brainer. Just coming off of the grassroots, door-to-door campaign trail, I can tell you that closing these businesses is not first and foremost in Forest Park residents' minds.
They are more concerned with cleaning up their neighborhoods and making Forest Park a more livable city. The clubs only become a problem in our lives if we, as individuals, let them. It's called personal responsibility.
Please know that sacrificing these employees and their families to further the individual council member's own moral beliefs really is a reprehensible notion.
It is easy to sit in judgment from behind the council chambers, but can we as citizens live with the aftermath?