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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2009 05:11 pm
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Yep...once again Gettysburg is being threatened with another run at a casino....and its by the same guy who tried before. Please sign up at this web site...its free....and please help to stop this bad idea once again.

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 Posted: Thu May 6th, 2010 06:08 pm
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Sorrel:    I am with you 100% on this one.  But last night, I was reading alot of the arguments on the web, both pro and con.  It appears it has come down to alot of name calling.  This Pro-casino guy wrote about 10 pages of argument why he favored the casino..he was a Gettysburg resident.  He said 1.)  look at the area now that they want to build this casino.  It is a dump.  Junk cars, junk, unkept yards, weed grown lots, etc etc.  Then he said, to respond to those who argue that the casino will violate the battlefield and its sacred memory, he said, "Look what the town has become...tee shirt shops, souveniers shops, little child war toys, the General Lee Tavern...and on and on.  He argued that those who dwell on the sanctity of the place should have fought what it has become...Bourbon Street on Baltimore Road.  He said it will be far out of town, create hundreds of new jobs in an area which has to close for the winter....It kind of made me think.   Im still against it, because it is just not right.  I wish the town had more bookstores, museums and restaurants selling hardtack.  I certainly dont want to ever double down before or after visiting the battlefield.  Just my thought.



 Posted: Thu May 6th, 2010 10:12 pm
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There's always another side to the story.No one wants to sully the sacred ground. But there's a big but. Jobs.

Got no dog in this fight, so I ought to keep my mouth shut other than to wonder if jobs outweigh reverence.

Ole



 Posted: Fri May 7th, 2010 03:52 pm
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ole wrote: There's always another side to the story.No one wants to sully the sacred ground. But there's a big but. Jobs.

Got no dog in this fight, so I ought to keep my mouth shut other than to wonder if jobs outweigh reverence.

Ole


Ole and I are in agreement on this issue. This is a local issue and should be solved locally.  There is much truth in what the resident of G'burg describes. The town has become overwhelmed with tasteless T shirt shops and kids toy shops, but guess what, those shops also provide jobs.

 

the residents have to live there year round and they need jobs. The casino will be built over non significant ground far from the battlefield. This is not like Wal-mart accross the road from the wilderness... that IS significant ground..

My main thought is that casinos don't necessarily bring prosperity to the residents of the town where they are located. They bring prosperity to the corporations that run them and that prosperity generally leaves the state daily (dollars) never to return.

When I go to Tunica to give my money to the Gambling Gods, I can't help but notice that virtually none of the better paid positions (dealers, and other postiitons dealing with the public) are folks from Tunica or even from Northern Mississippi.. lots of bus persons and maids are, but not dealers, waites, pit bosses, cocktail waitresses, etc..

IIRC Tunica county still ranks almost dead last in a ranking of mean family income for US counties

Last edited on Fri May 7th, 2010 03:52 pm by 19bama46



 Posted: Fri May 7th, 2010 08:28 pm
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This is a local issue and should be solved locally. 

Amen. We have a right (and a duty) to protect the battlefield and associated historical landmarks in Gettysburg. We have no right to consider the entire town as "ours". The Gettysburg battlefield belongs to all of us - the entire town does not.



 Posted: Mon May 10th, 2010 12:36 am
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I can see both sides of this. People that know me would not be surprised - I have been called out for being a fence sitter more than once.

I would be very curious to see what has happened in Vicksburg since gambling became legal on the river several years ago. Does anybody know what effect it has had on the city and the National Park- if any? Has crime increased? Has the city received significant benefits growth from tax revenue? Is comparing Gettysburg to Vicksburg even a fair comparison?



 Posted: Wed May 12th, 2010 02:15 am
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Tim,

The folks in Mississippi would say and have said "Gamblin saved mississippi"... is that true, I have no idea, but they believe it.
I am more skeptical, I believe the locals get some spare change, but the gambling mega corportations that run the casinos are the ones makin the serious money, other wise, they would not be competin for the rights...
Education is usually the sellin point from a political standpoint... but what happens is that the education budget remains the same, just funded with gambling dollars while the money that used to fund education goes somewhere else... it is a scam, but hey politicians love it



 Posted: Wed May 12th, 2010 06:59 am
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Bama that is what happened in California.  They sold the lottery by saying the money would come to the schools.  What they didn't say was the fudning from the state would be cut the percentage that was received from the Lottery.  Don't see the schools doing too well money wise right now in California but the lottery is making money.  Giving some big prizes too.

Susan



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