Bethlehem hopes to turn steel mill to gold

There are 19 comments on the Jul 18, 2009, Chicago Tribune story titled Bethlehem hopes to turn steel mill to gold. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The Sands Casino Bethlehem opened in late May with 3,000 slot machines and plans to add 2,000 more by Thanksgiving.

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FBI Guy

Amesbury, MA

#1 Jul 19, 2009
Great idea! Gambling will solve all their problems....right.....
idontknowanymore

Kirkland, IL

#2 Jul 19, 2009
I take it that gambling is the answer to everything.....what is going to happen when there are NO manufacuring jobs left and no money to gamble with left......
Freedom Lover

Crete, IL

#3 Jul 19, 2009
What are we going to do if (when) we have a real war, do you think China will sell us tanks and bullets to fight them, not even our capitalist would do this. Currently we can't even produce enough bullets to fight our halfassed halfbaked sort of war.
Karl Marx- I oughtta know

Lockport, IL

#4 Jul 19, 2009
idontknowanymore wrote:
I take it that gambling is the answer to everything.....what is going to happen when there are NO manufacuring jobs left and no money to gamble with left......
Good question to pose to our "leadership". Do they care?
sowhat

Northbrook, IL

#5 Jul 19, 2009
idontknowanymore wrote:
I take it that gambling is the answer to everything.....what is going to happen when there are NO manufacuring jobs left and no money to gamble with left......
Freedom Lover wrote:
What are we going to do if (when) we have a real war, do you think China will sell us tanks and bullets to fight them, not even our capitalist would do this. Currently we can't even produce enough bullets to fight our halfassed halfbaked sort of war.
Good points above. Most of our steel capacity is owned by Mittal, who is Indian, Dutch or whatever.

I was thinking "why didn't Sandi Jackson think of this for South Works" until reading later in the article that the only thing that could be completed was the slot machine floor. So all they are doing are creating more Marge Simpsons to dump quarters into the machine and neglect her baby.

Having worked at at steel mill, the inside sure looks like an open hearth, however. Now if they could only recreate the heat and sulfurous smell.

But clearly, if we can't get manufacturing going in this country, the gambling industry isn't going to sustain it.
NexWest

Chicago, IL

#6 Jul 19, 2009
Casinos are for losers.
Jeff

San Francisco, CA

#7 Jul 19, 2009
As a native of Pennsylvania, I can tell you not all the residents are behind Ed Rendell's plan to expand gambling to make up for his deficit spending. Apart from the fact that gambling could ruin community's like Bethlehem, what if it doesn't work? Why would someone slug quarters into slot machines at this "casino" - which is little more than a legalized land, facilities and money grab by a wealthy corporation like Las Vegas Sands - when they can go to a real casino with table games and horse racing just a few hours away in Wheeling, West Virginia?
Rendell and Quinn and other governors that think gambling is the savior of their states need to be sent home posthaste.
whatever

Lombard, IL

#8 Jul 19, 2009
Wonder if this wasn't worthy of a "shovel ready" project, as in ready to get those furnaces working once again.?
nice

Green Bay, WI

#9 Jul 19, 2009
Another place for old people to waste all there money and then complain about taxes
That guy

Schaumburg, IL

#10 Jul 19, 2009
Pathetic. Brush up on your Chinese, folks. It won't be long.
Nora

United States

#11 Jul 19, 2009
Not a gambler - this casion I would visit for its historic value only.
Griff

Rock Island, IL

#12 Jul 19, 2009
This is beyond sad. It's pathetic. Bethlehem was the cradle of the steel industry, and now it's gonna be a freakin' CASINO?

So then that's what we're reduced to in this country. We don't MAKE things anymore, we just survive by getting our neighbors and guests to fritter away their money gambling. Well welcome to Pottersville folks.

The obscenely wealthy bankers and lawyers in this country have run us into the ground. Anybody who still thinks this isn't just one big Oligarchy might want to take a minute to think about where the money from the casino is going. With the dealers, waitresses, and bartenders making about 20K each, and the pit bosses making 40K each, I'll bet that only leaves about 2 or 3 MILLION a week for the rich HALF FINANCIER/HALF MAFIA owner (after expenses of course).

Well one thing is for sure, China won't ever have to fire a shot to take over our country. And why should they when they can just buy it outright. They already own almost half, and these fat disgusting plutocrats own the rest.

“I'll just have coffee.”

Since: Jun 08

Hellertown, PA

#13 Jul 19, 2009
The casino has turned the sleepy neighboring Hellertown into something more resembling Woodbridge, or East Brunswick, almost overnight.
I've seen no positives yet. I'll let you know... don't hold your breath.
swen rettel

United States

#14 Jul 19, 2009
i worked in a steel mill for close to 35 years and hated every minute of it, why?. there wasnt anything else i could do and support my family. i will never go into another mill.no matter how good it looks. my personal opinion.

“Knowledge is power”

Since: Apr 09

Chicago

#15 Jul 19, 2009
We don't need casinos we need steel mills! My dad worked steel I worked steel. When I was a kid on the southwest side of Chicago I could go up in the attic at night look south and see the orange glow in the sky from Gary Works. It's a sin what politicians and big business have done to this country.We need steel mills we need industry, we need to make things.You can take your service economy and stick it where the sun don't shine. God help America.
Montys python

Henderson, NV

#16 Jul 19, 2009
Many forces are working against the American steel industry.Foreign competition for one.Why is it that with transportation cost included foreign steel is still cheaper to import?New materials are moving into steel's tradition usage.Tin can are being replaced with plastic and biodegragable products.The building boom in American cities has ended.No more need for the steel girders.Americas massive merchant fleet is no more.America's navy has been reduced from its high during WW11 from 5000 plus to 500.Thousands of miles of railroad track has been abandoned,much of he right-of-way turned into hiking and biking trails.Aluminum and composites are now the first choice in the manufacturing processes.Electronics,computer s,cell phones and other modern items are plastic.The American steel industry will always be around,but it must now be super competitive to survive.The rebirth of the American steel industry will depend on massive infrstructure projects like bridge replacement.Interstate highway roadbed replacement with its millions of miles of rebar embedded in the concrete.I think those projects would be highly doubtful.
Babs

United States

#17 Jul 19, 2009
Gambling as a solution? Aren't we getting a bit supersaturated with this useless waste of money?
Winston Manson

United States

#18 Jul 19, 2009
wow, thats really creating some wealth, creating something, you know what the steel mill did..., all you are doing is taking social security money from seniors and desperate people addicted to gambling, and pocketing it. Yeah, you created a few low paying crappy jobs, with crappy benefits, wow...maybe this is what Obama was talking about, changes...hahah some change for the gambler and some for the state, with a few blah jobs tossed in for good measure.
Tic

Wheaton, IL

#19 Jul 19, 2009
in Illinois, years ago a state lottery was to be the solution to school funding,
then it was casinos were to be the solution

what next? legalized prostitution to pay for schools?

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