>Hallowed Ground Alert

>Can’t imagine how we missed this:

Pros and anti’s square off over Gettysburg casino proposal

By Angela Couloumbis

Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau

GETTYSBURG – The developer of a proposed casino Tuesday called this historic community the “last untapped gaming marketplace” in Pennsylvania and contended that his casino would rejuvenate the area’s recession-ravaged economy while respecting its rich history and tradition.

David LeVan, a onetime Conrail chairman who wants to develop the casino a half-mile from Gettysburg National Military Park, told state gaming officials at a packed hearing that his $75 million Mason-Dixon Resort & Casino would lure new jobs, more tourists, and much-needed tax revenue.

He also said it would not affect the 6,000-acre park, one of the nation’s first hallowed grounds, where 160,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought a bloody battle over three days in the summer of 1863 that helped seal the outcome of the Civil War.

Heh.

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  1. >Math alert. The only way casinos re-invigorate any economy is by causing poverty and hardship or generally fleecing the game-addicted. Since rich people are not generally stupid, this cost is born by the lower classes.If it was that easy to balance a budget with slot machines and card games, the Govinator would have fixed up my state a long time ago. And you are right. Gambling is super-unholy.

  2. >Since rich people are not generally stupid, this cost is born by the lower classes.The rich can be stupid on a MASSIVE scale. E.g. War on Iraq, Financial Bubble, Medicare Part D.But then they pay their servants, also known as our government, to bail them out. And so we end up the stupid ones.~

  3. >Hey, now. It's not a mosque. We don't have to be up in arms about it.Of course, almost 54 times the number of Americans died here in one battle than on 9/11. But then again…Wait, I had a point. What was it?

  4. >Junior,You forgot the diminishing returns and the geography.In my state the only saving grace of the two casinos is that they're in the middle of nowhere (Connecticut style). Contrast to Atlantic City, which already had a built-in supply of poor people–that's like having a head start towards the end of the life cycle. And every new casino isn't creating much more demand for casinos. It's incredibly cannibalistic–places like Massachusetts want to put a casino in Holyoke or Chicopee (which so frigging don't need that–as if any place particularly does) and all they'll do is scrape off a bit of the money going to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun. But the human misery will somehow be found there.Oh, and Yip Harburg reminds us: When a rich man loses money gambling, he's a sport; when a poor man does it he's a scoundrel and good-for-nothing sort.

  5. >Gosh, I remember about 10-12 years ago going to one of the casino boats in Metropolis, Ill., just to see what it was like. I'm not a big gambler anyway, so I wasn't prepared to enjoy the experience, I just thought it would be interesting. Buy … whew. … { shudder } .. it was awful! I guess I had expected it to be a little Vegas-like, Reno-like, Atlantic City-ish. You know, some shows or a little bit of … I dunno, fun? Class? Glitz?Oh it was the exact opposite. The entire place was just drenched in a cloud of desperation. It was beyond seedy, it was sad.I'll never forget seeing the "frequent gambler" line to get in — I guess you could get an admission pass or something, I'm not sure why they needed a frequent user line separate from everyone else. But I looked at these folks and I realized: these are not people out for a weekend of fun with their buddies. These are people trying to make their rent money.Never went back.

  6. >Glitz. Reno-like, Atlantic City-ish.Is Reno any glitzier than shown on Reno911?I've been to Atlantic City (bus trip on the way to a UConn womens' game @ Villanova). You can't hardly fucking breathe indoors in New Jersey. Real classy!In all fairness, as someone who is closer to Manhattan than Atlantic City, I don't see any point in going to Atlantic City for glitz.

  7. >Reno is low-budget but it's certainly not as pathetic as the riverboat I went to. You know, there's entertainment at the casinos, they book decent bands. There's stuff to do besides park yourself at a slot machine with a bucket of quarters and pray to God you can pay the gas bill with your winnings.

  8. >Having worked at a casino years ago, the most regular and valued customers were the busload after busload of decrepit social security oldsters clutching their green government checks in their withered left hands while their right hands reached out for the slot machine handles. Oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, canes… like zombies they'd hobble out of the busses and wobble into the 'gaming' room to be well and truly fleeced and then sent back to the busses for the ride home. Oh yeah, casinos are swell places.