Friday, December 09, 2005

73: “Not Good Enough!”

Chance Enterprises, the secretive group of investors behind the proposed slots parlor at Gettysburg, has reportedly taken the advice of a member of the Adams County Chamber of Commerce to take “Gettysburg” out of their proposed casino’s name. In an announcement today, the group reported that they have changed their proposed casino name from “Gettysburg Gaming Resort and Spa”, to “Crossroads Gaming Resort and Spa.” A rose by any other name….

It is simply not good enough. Changing the name does not reduce the affront, the assault on heritage, the ugly imposition of an ugly industry in an area known for something far more noble than one armed bandits, drunks, and gambling addicts. What they need to do is to move their location. Preferably out of Pennsylvania, but failing that, at least out of Adams County. The stink is still the same!

In other news…

Still another good buddy of our Governor has come out of the woodwork at the eleventh hour to announce a proposed free-standing slots parlor across the highway from the Limerick Nuclear Powered Electric Generating Station in Montgomery County. Nice touch. “Fast Eddie” and his friends first want to put one next to the Gettysburg Battlefield National Military Park, now another of his buddies wants to put one about ten miles from Valley Forge. The Guv has already gone on record as thinking it not a good idea to build a casino near a heritage area. One mile from Gettysburg, and ten miles from Valley Forge. Nice friends you’ve got there, “Fast Eddie”.

Hey, Guv! You DO know what Valley Forge is all about, don’t you? I know pols from Philly have trouble once they go outside the city limits –just ask John Perzel how much a cow-milker earns in Lancaster County! But this is simply too much. Obviously, “Fast Eddie” Rendell runs with the wrong people. I simply don’t think much of his friends, and their willingness to sully our nation’s heritage. Frankly, I don’t think much of the Guv, either. He takes too much money from the gambling industry, and has become indebted to them politically – at your expense and mine, certainly not at his. Politicians don’t risk their own butts, they risk yours and mine.

And finally…

It’s really time to put an end to this silliness about the casino, so here’s a question for "The Strabaddies", "The Addams Family", the Adams County Economic Development Corporation, and the Adams County Chamber of Commerce, and the owners and editors of the Gettysburg Times:

How many of you will publicly state you were against the Gettysburg casino when the local police departments are forced to issue their first Amber Alert, after some newly-fleeced, alcohol soaked casino customer walks through the parking lot, targets a young girl playing softball on the Straban Township ball fields next to the casino, and takes off with her in his car, heading God knows where? How many of our "Community Leaders” will make sure they get their face time on TV, and their quotes in the papers, declaring “I was never for the casino, but they built it anyway!”

I ask this using the word “when”, not “if”.

No one is paying attention to the children. No one is speaking out.

Where has moral courage gone this December, 2005?

In the 1930s, as Nazism was rapidly spreading through Germany, no one dared speak up. One Lutheran minister, Pastor Martin Niemoller, wrote, afterwards,

"First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."

Indeed, in an area where physical and moral courage was an ordinary virtue by more than two hundred thousand men for three days one July 142 years ago, today’s leaders have shown an utter lack of moral courage, a lack of willingness to stand alone or in a group against a wrong. These are your next door neighbors, folks, the lady down the street, the man in the next block, the young store owner who sells you your Christmas tree lights, the nice man who holds the door open for you on Sunday at church. They lack the moral courage to speak out. They see a group like No Casino Gettysburg, a David taking on the Goliath of LeVan, Ernico, and Commerce Bank, the Pennsylvania legislature, and the Guv, et al, and they sit by and watch. Except for the No Casino Gettysburg group, and the recently surfaced Concerned Citizens of Straban Township, no one will speak up.

And when that Amber Alert is issued, they will cluck their tongues, and wag there fingers, and say, “I was always against the casino…”

I will wait to see them, Lucy Lott, Tom Weaver, Glenn Snyder, and "The Strabaddies". I want to see their sound bites on Channel 8 news, where they claim they knew all along the casino was going to be a problem, and didn’t want to see it here, but were powerless to stop it.

I will wait to hear their lies…

To the people of Adams County, one piece of advice: stop electing these greedy people!

“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!"


“Legislation without representation is tyranny.”

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