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Concert strategy short-sighted

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A 1,500-seat concert facility is being built at the Club Regent casino.

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A 1,500-seat concert facility is being built at the Club Regent casino.

Re: Mixed reactions to casino's new concert hall (Sept. 3). While some might applaud the expansion of the casinos' foray into the concert industry, I would suggest we ask ourselves why governments feel it's their obligation to do so. Other than the obvious, that being the capacity to draw yet more souls into their gambling paradise, the initiative is both hypocritical and short-sighted.

Winnipeg is awash in performance spaces that largely go underutilized for much of the year. The Burton Cummings Theatre and Pantages Playhouse are but two examples of historical gems that, as a result of this short-sighted thinking, will require more public funding in order that they survive.

I truly detest the notion that every time the casinos pack their halls for a performance, they are basically raising funds for the provincial government to fund its agenda, all the while preaching motherhood and apple pie.

DAN DONAHUE

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 5, 2013 A12

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