Gettysburg- area residents push for better health care
Gettysburg resident Janet Landon, right, stands among the crowd in front of Christ Lutheran Church on Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg Friday evening as part of the second annual health care vigil.
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#1 Jan 8, 2012
So, what's the deal here? Standing for long periods of time for a health care vigil..why aren't these folks online trying to secure the best healthcare package that will benefit the town..perhaps encourage a health care business to open shop there?
#2 Jan 9, 2012
Chick, that would be the logical thing to do. Standing on a street corner holding a candle is how Gettysburg does it, go figure..........
“ROCK ON ROCKERS!!”
Since: Mar 11
Rockin' USA ;)
#3 Jan 9, 2012
Yeah Pink Eye, ya gave me a chuckle...I keep rooting for the Historic Gettysburg Park Board to see that ya all are living in present day and to allow new businesses to open there..you all seem to live in a time warp and not by choice. Soooo, I gather that if they close a post office there...the pony express will be back in action for ya..save those pennies..it did cost about $5 to mail a letter out West..SADDLE UP!
#4 Jan 10, 2012
Ya know Chick I was never against businesses coming to Gettysburg. Although, that's was the general consensus of some posters.( admittedly I got carried away on a certain topic and a certain poster)
I do believe in preserving history and trying not to turn it into a plasticville tourstist trap. ALthough, a big red barn filled with stuffed teddy bears screamed tourist trap. I am thinking of businesses that would bring in the tourist dollars but still maintaining a certain amount of character that would enhance the area. What that would be, I don't know. I thought an indoor waterpark was a good idea. However, that isn't exactly keeping with the civil war theme. Unless ya can get shot out of a water cannon across a water "battlefield" while wearing your Union/Confederate swim suit.
Its actually a harder problem to tackle then what's on the surface. I have to admit that the Sands casino in Bethlehem is a nice addition to an otherwise blighted area. And, my neighbor is a director or Artsquest, which brings in different entertainment/functions etc. But, The Sands wasn't competing against such a rich history like Gettysburg.
I guess there isn't an easy solution to it.
#5 Jan 10, 2012
Why does everything have to be Civil War oriented in the area?
The soldiers who fought here 149 years ago were varied individuals from all walks of life. There were doctors, lawyers, teachers, college professors, ministers, blacksmiths, tailors, storekeepers, farmers, and I am sure a few gamblers in the group. These individuals aside from having just about every occupation, or profession they also had varied interest.
Gettysburg and Adams County, just like any other community needs diversity in the activities and business opportunities offered. Each time any business is successful in a community it signals other businesses that this can be a good area. Each successful business often provided a need for other businesses.
In an area like Gettysburg and Adams County that already has a tourist base, it is a good location for any business that caters to traveling or vacation people. I would venture to say that most tourist who come to this area, want to see the Battlefield, and the Gettysburg National Military Park. But not everyone wants to come here and do nothing but history, and many are finished with the history after their tour.
Such businesses would include an amusement park, the water park, golf and miniature golf, bowling alleys, and yes even a casino.
It is possibly to take a tour of the battlefield, and visit all of the museums and attractions (other than gift shops) in about 10 hours. This is more than one day, and far more time than most visitors want to spend at one time, they want a break in this activity. Yes, I will admit that there is the exception to this rule on both sides. Some who come to the area and dont want to spend one minute on the battlefield, and others that would eat and sleep on the battlefield if they could, spending every minute reading books, or listening to various stories.
There is room in the Gettysburg and Adams County area for any number of and any variety of businesses, and all should be welcomed. ANY business can be successful and compliment the others if they all work together. Existing local businesses, tourism and new businesses can work together and all can be successful.
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