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I recently attended the annual meeting of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, and found to my disgust that the casino monster has re-surfaced, in a manner akin to Glenn Close's villainess rising up out of the bathtub after Michael Douglas thought he had drowned her in "Fatal Attraction." In reading the July 22 article, I note that Joseph ... Full Story
one who blames the govt

Lancaster, PA

#1 Aug 4, 2010
My blame is on our local, state and federal governments.
with 55% of the casino monies going to PA government and leaving the hosting county and twp with million dollars and having that county and twp to pick up the bill for extra community services that Million dollars is nothing.
I do not blame Mr. LeVan for seeing an opportunity but I do believe that Gettysburg's location being so near Bigger cities can do better other than a casino.
As for the property tax relief. That I need to see for myself. For when the government gets their hands on our money it is hard for them to let go. As for now that is an empty promise.
My hope is gone and my change was stolen.
So I will have no quarters, dimes, nickels or even pennies to put in the slots.
Thanks George for the letter.
tony

Palmyra, PA

#2 Aug 4, 2010
Uh oh! Time for paid talking head Latorre to do some serious spin and earn another paycheck from the boss. When Latorre gets done, levan will be the hero of Conrail, adored by all.
David La Torre

Harrisburg, PA

#3 Aug 5, 2010
tony wrote:
Uh oh! Time for paid talking head Latorre to do some serious spin and earn another paycheck from the boss. When Latorre gets done, levan will be the hero of Conrail, adored by all.
Actually, Tony, I would like to thank the author from New York for bringing up Atlantic City. Please feel free to continue to do because PA is an example of how to properly regulate gaming so that it benefits its communities. PA has generated more revenue in gaming than any other state; created 12,600 jobs; paid millions to local companies for goods and services; and there has been no increase in crime.

Please keep bringing up Atlantic City. Add Las Vegas while you're at it. You're making our point for us: Pennsylvania is not Atlantic City -- thanks to our state law and the PA Gaming Control Board.
David La Torre

Harrisburg, PA

#4 Aug 5, 2010
one who blames the govt wrote:
My blame is on our local, state and federal governments.
with 55% of the casino monies going to PA government and leaving the hosting county and twp with million dollars and having that county and twp to pick up the bill for extra community services that Million dollars is nothing.
I do not blame Mr. LeVan for seeing an opportunity but I do believe that Gettysburg's location being so near Bigger cities can do better other than a casino.
As for the property tax relief. That I need to see for myself. For when the government gets their hands on our money it is hard for them to let go. As for now that is an empty promise.
My hope is gone and my change was stolen.
So I will have no quarters, dimes, nickels or even pennies to put in the slots.
Thanks George for the letter.
Cumberland Township will receive AT LEAST $1 million annually. That is more than a third of their annual budget. And any improvements to infrastructure must be paid by Mason-Dixon. Let's stop acting as if somehow this casino will cave in budgets. There is absolutely no evidence of that anywhere in PA. Go to www.masondixongaming.com and click on newsroom. There you can find countless stories of local communities in PA who are using gaming revenue to avoid tax increases and pay for important infrastructure improvements.
not from Gettysburg

AOL

#5 Aug 5, 2010
here we go again.. Thanks to Mr. Maccarone for getting
it right... to Mr. La Torre same old song... money
talks, BS walks. money, money, money..... I am so sick
of this rhetoric! The town of Getysburg might just
fall without a casino ever being built. outsider or
insider, it is sickening to see what is happening to
the people and the town because of people's greed, and
that is just what it is , greed. It's not No Casino
Gettysburg, Susan, or even some of the pro's , it has
been one person with his cronies behind him and we all
know who that is. People are staying away NOW, because
of reading and hearing about what is going on. Keep
it up folks, looks like you could lose either way.
Like Mr. Maccarone said... wake up before it is too late.
As For Me

Newark, NJ

#6 Aug 5, 2010
if I want a laugh I will go to that site. For a man with money that site is low quailty. Maybe I should go thanks David it has been a few days since I had a good laugh.
Hanoverian

Rockville, MD

#7 Aug 5, 2010
As For Me wrote:
if I want a laugh I will go to that site. For a man with money that site is low quailty.
And how does the M-D website compare to the ones for the other applicants. Oh wait, that's right, the other applicants don't have websites.

Whether you are Pro or No, people need to realize that Mason-Dixon has been more forthcoming with information than ANY applicant in the history of PA Gaming. You can spin it however you want, but no other applicant is providing their plans or announcing MOU's with local municipalities; they are all making plans and striking deals behind closed doors. Mason-Dixon should at least get credit for being transparent.
Ann Fraley

Paducah, KY

#8 Aug 5, 2010
Letter to the Editor…..

I have always enjoyed saying I live near Gettysburg because people from all over the world recognize the care and respect we give to heroes of another time. We who live in this area and the National Park Service have taken care of the land that played such an important role in our history. The idea of building a casino on part of this land is totally wrong. Someone has suggested that the armies fought for the freedom of anyone to do anything. That is not true. Freedom includes thinking of the greater good. We regulate tobacco advertising and the sale of alcohol to young people. We require drivers to prove they drive safely in order to earn a license. The greater good is not to build a casino that only succeeds if people lose a lot of money. Gettysburg does not need an employer who preys on compulsive, addictive behavior. We need employers who pay well for constructive, productive work. A casino is not constructive or productive.
Gburg Baseball Mom

Hanover, PA

#9 Aug 5, 2010
Ann Fraley wrote:
Letter to the Editor…..
I have always enjoyed saying I live near Gettysburg because people from all over the world recognize the care and respect we give to heroes of another time. We who live in this area and the National Park Service have taken care of the land that played such an important role in our history. The idea of building a casino on part of this land is totally wrong. Someone has suggested that the armies fought for the freedom of anyone to do anything. That is not true. Freedom includes thinking of the greater good. We regulate tobacco advertising and the sale of alcohol to young people. We require drivers to prove they drive safely in order to earn a license. The greater good is not to build a casino that only succeeds if people lose a lot of money. Gettysburg does not need an employer who preys on compulsive, addictive behavior. We need employers who pay well for constructive, productive work. A casino is not constructive or productive.
1 to 2 percent of people who gamble become addicted. The greater good here is jobs and tax relief!
David La Torre

Harrisburg, PA

#10 Aug 5, 2010
Ann Fraley wrote:
Letter to the Editor…..
I have always enjoyed saying I live near Gettysburg because people from all over the world recognize the care and respect we give to heroes of another time. We who live in this area and the National Park Service have taken care of the land that played such an important role in our history. The idea of building a casino on part of this land is totally wrong. Someone has suggested that the armies fought for the freedom of anyone to do anything. That is not true. Freedom includes thinking of the greater good. We regulate tobacco advertising and the sale of alcohol to young people. We require drivers to prove they drive safely in order to earn a license. The greater good is not to build a casino that only succeeds if people lose a lot of money. Gettysburg does not need an employer who preys on compulsive, addictive behavior. We need employers who pay well for constructive, productive work. A casino is not constructive or productive.
The gaming industry has created 12,600 jobs and pays PA companies millions of dollars of year for goods and services in only about three years. If any other industry would have (or could have) done this, lawmakers would've rolled out the red carpet with tax breaks (your dollars) and other gifts. But here's the thing about the industry here: Not a single PA casino has taken a dime of taxpayer money. They used their own money and invested millions in their properties. There isn't another industry anywhere that does this.
David La Torre

Harrisburg, PA

#11 Aug 5, 2010
And casinos are taxed on gross income, not net. No other industry is taxed like this.
tony

Palmyra, PA

#12 Aug 6, 2010
latorre - tell us about the 83 million ( 60 million from slots and 23 million from table games ) that mason - dixon claims they will suck out of the local economy, and give back 1 million to cumberland township. Wow, what a great deal!

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