Given the city’s recent financial troubles, it’s hard to begrudge Hitchcock a healthy revenue stream, even if that money comes from one of the most dubious industries in the state.

It’s hardly a sign of civic health and progress, however, that the city has come to rely on, to be very dependent on, proceeds from businesses that, at best, operate in an area of deep gray, tending toward even darker tones.

Michael A. Smith: 409-683-5206;

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