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Building on rock, not sand

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall because it had been founded on rock.

— Matthew 7:24-25, “The New Oxford Annotated Bible”

We take these words out of their New Testament context, but they remain wise and worthy of consideration as we begin rebuilding the Coast’s gaming industry.

Since gaming was legalized in Mississippi, this sector of the economy has grown rapidly and sparked the development of a significant tourism industry. In the words of Gov. Haley Barbour, it is vital that we rebuild the Coast “bigger and better,” and we agree with the governor that a critical part of this effort is allowing casinos to move onshore.

Building gaming facilities on land, near the water is a reasonable solution that even the most hardcore of gambling opponents should accept.

Thousands of jobs — and thousands of lives — hang in the balance.

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