Guam - Proponents and opponents
of the Prop 'A' for-profit bingo initiative were invited to speak to island Rotarians
this afternoon. While Committee to Keep Guam Good's Jackie Marati showed up, instead
Guam Japan Frienship
Village's Takami Hisamoto
sent an e-mail to Rotarian Phil Flores.
Flores said, "I got the e-mail from Japan - I assume it's from Japan - saying that they're not going to
participate and they won't participate in any debates on the subject Guam, at least right now. That's what they're
saying. I don't know about later."
In the e-mail Hisamoto added that he feels the voters can decide
issues like initiatives without the full-blown rhetoric of candidate campaigns.
He added that if he feels something more than the written statement and the
ballot language is needed he will make that decision nearer the election.
Meanwhile, Marati encouraged Rotarians to vote no on the proposal,
saying, "This is an issue of respect - it's not about whether they are
going to participate in campaigns or not, if they are not going to come out and
show us respect about a proposal they think is good for our island and they
have come out and said this is good for our island and good for you, and they
are not prepared to defend it its very simple for me ladies and gentlemen, you
just vote no."
The Japan Guam Friendship
Village is made up of Japanese
investors who want to revitalize and legalize bingo only at the former Guam
Greyhound facility in Tamuning, owned by John Baldwin, who has been behind
previous failed gambling initiatives on Guam.