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Pat McMahon

Updated Aug 22, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Glendale gamble

Plans for the proposed Tohono O'odham casino in Glendale, Ariz.

Let me introduce myself. I'm a non-gambler who doesn't live in Glendale.

Notice I didn't say I'm neither an anti-gambler nor am I negatively disposed toward one of the really nice cities in the West Valley.

Listen, almost everyone I know enjoys blackjack, poker or the slots. I just find most games of chance, for me, to be as exciting as macramé. But I sure do love the casinos we have in Arizona. I like the money that goes to the state. I like the employment opportunities. And I really like what the revenue has meant to the native people on the reservations.

That's why I continue to be puzzled at the passionate opposition critics have taken to the Tohono O'odham's successful quest for a casino in Glendale after years of negotiations.

The Glendale City Council approved it, Washington has approved it -- but there are still those whose moral high ground stance is opposed because they feel schools and churches nearby will be tainted somehow.

Senators McCain and Flake are even attempting to block it.

Gee, I wonder where they were when Native Americans were attempting to find the billions of their money the government simply lost a while back.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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