Debate on casino plan in Adams County...

Debate on casino plan in Adams County goes national

There are 11 comments on the Public Opinion story from Aug 14, 2010, titled Debate on casino plan in Adams County goes national. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

The debate over a proposed casino near Gettysburg reached a national audience Friday morning when an official for the nation's largest veterans' organization appeared on the Fox News Channel to speak out against the Mason-Dixon plan.

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CRT

Fayetteville, PA

#1 Aug 15, 2010
This whole issue is ridiculous; the proposed site isn't even close to the Battlefield (it's the site of the former International Village, a defunct collection of tourist trap shops). Boyd's Bears, definitely not an historic site, is closer to the Battlefield! Anyone remember Fantasyland? Definitely not an historic site, and it was located on the exact site where the new Visitor's Center is located. And what about all the tourist trap shops located within eyesight of the National Cemetery! The proposed casino will bring 12/365 jobs to the Gettysburg area (the economy there hurts during the long cold winter months when tourism drops drastically!). Not to mention needed tax dollars! And face it, there is basically nothing for adult visitors to Gettysburg to do at night. The proposed casino would be a definite plus to the area! Face reality, and get over this "sanctity" issue!
hick

Carlisle, PA

#2 Aug 15, 2010
CRT wrote:
This whole issue is ridiculous; the proposed site isn't even close to the Battlefield (it's the site of the former International Village, a defunct collection of tourist trap shops). Boyd's Bears, definitely not an historic site, is closer to the Battlefield! Anyone remember Fantasyland? Definitely not an historic site, and it was located on the exact site where the new Visitor's Center is located. And what about all the tourist trap shops located within eyesight of the National Cemetery! The proposed casino will bring 12/365 jobs to the Gettysburg area (the economy there hurts during the long cold winter months when tourism drops drastically!). Not to mention needed tax dollars! And face it, there is basically nothing for adult visitors to Gettysburg to do at night. The proposed casino would be a definite plus to the area! Face reality, and get over this "sanctity" issue!
Well said, the "sanctity" of the battlefield disappeared years ago.
Too dangerous

Carlisle, PA

#3 Aug 15, 2010
With no hard facts to support the benefits OR the drawbacks to a casino in Gettysburg, it seems too large of a gamble to build one there. You can't "undo" a casino.

Don't gamble with Gettysburg.

Since: Jun 10

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#4 Aug 15, 2010
I kinda think that what's left of any sanctity is what helps to draw tourists. The suggestion of hollowed ground is a function of our product.
A casino would work very well in an accessible locale such as Chambersburg, York, or Emmettsburg. It would be close enough to use but far enough as to not impede on what Gettysburg has to sell and there is no doubt that Gettysburg would benefit by a neighboring casino's draw.....and could sell more of what it has and that is history.
My 2 Cents

Middletown, PA

#5 Aug 15, 2010
It is a town that makes a living from the dead already! What dif does it make where the money comes from?
what next

Newville, PA

#6 Aug 15, 2010
Why another casino. There are several with in driving distance for anyone who still has money to throw away. In a newspaper yesterday was an article about a mother who left her children in the car for several hours while she was in the casino gambling. A casino employee said this was not the first incident like this. Do we really need more of this. Personally I enjoy Gettysburg just as it is. We take our grand kids every year to the battlefield and also enjoy camping there.
Vandenbroek

Carlisle, PA

#8 Aug 16, 2010
Actually, support for the Mason-Dixon Resort & Casino seems to be growing.

I live in the Gettysburg-Adams County area and while I see a couple of yard signs that oppose the casino, they mostly appear on the lawns of well-to-do McMansions.

The great majority of yard signs in support of the casino are quite widespread.

Another thing I've discovered is that there seems to be dozens of small businesses in the Gettysburg-Adams County area that have placards in their storefront windows expressing support for the Mason-Dixon Resort & Casino.

This widely-supported project has absolutely nothing to do with The Civil War.

The Civil War was around 150-years ago. Economic Development in a region that has a nearly 10% unemployment rate is today.

And history can survive (and flourish) with up-and-downstream help from 21st Century ideas.
what next

Newville, PA

#9 Aug 16, 2010
With all of the casinos and fast paced life styles, there are more than enough money grabbing places for all who choose to participate in such. Why can't we save just alittle bit of history, peace and quiet for those of us who still appreciate our past and enjoy revisiting it. Once it is overtaken by a casino it is gone forever. No going back. Leave it alone.
Jane

New Cumberland, PA

#10 Aug 17, 2010
Thank God the rest of the country is voicing their opinions! Unfortunately, many of the "locals" in support of the casinos have a very short sited view: their own pocketbooks. If you need a job at a casino, by all means move somewhere else to find one. It's sad enough to know there is now "biker weekend" or whatever at Gettysburg. I was there several years ago, when due to the postponement of the Juy 4th reenactment, both were taking place at the same time. It was one of the saddest sights to see re-enactors staring in disbelief as a parade of loud, noisy bikes made their way down the street. I don't know how this slipped into the town - probably someone else who makes a buck off of it pushed it through, with no thought to how it will effect one of the most sacred places in this country, as well as the world.
jim bung

Chambersburg, PA

#11 Aug 20, 2010
gamblin is bad
love gettysburg as it is

York, PA

#12 Aug 22, 2010
Jane wrote:
Thank God the rest of the country is voicing their opinions! Unfortunately, many of the "locals" in support of the casinos have a very short sited view: their own pocketbooks. If you need a job at a casino, by all means move somewhere else to find one. It's sad enough to know there is now "biker weekend" or whatever at Gettysburg. I was there several years ago, when due to the postponement of the Juy 4th reenactment, both were taking place at the same time. It was one of the saddest sights to see re-enactors staring in disbelief as a parade of loud, noisy bikes made their way down the street. I don't know how this slipped into the town - probably someone else who makes a buck off of it pushed it through, with no thought to how it will effect one of the most sacred places in this country, as well as the world.
The Biker rallies were also the brainchild of David LeVan,owner of Battlefield Harley, as is the current casino proposal and the one defeated in 2006. In between he tried to get a harness racing track 2 years in a row.

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