Tuesday, January 10, 2006

83: “No Casino Gettysburg presents Impact Study”

Late this morning, and stretching into the afternoon, No Casino Gettysburg presented its own Impact Study in rebuttal to that of the Investors filing for a license to build a casino in the Gettysburg Area. The Investor Group, Chance Enterprises, a group of out of town investors headed by the lone local, entrepreneur David LeVan, presented their Impact Statement at a quietly arranged meeting with the Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Adams County Commissioners before Christmas.

Here is a first hand report of today’s meeting from one of No Casino Gettysburg’s leaders:
It was standing room only.......even out into the hall. People kept coming and coming and coming. The room was too small for something like this. The presentations were well done and well presented by Jim Paddock, Keith Miller and Mike Siegel. I spotted Jeff Ernico, the attorney for Chance there early on. Later, Susan saw him and went up to him and thanked him for coming....he had to stand through the whole thing, incidentally. The seats were all taken when he arrived.

The facts and figures presented refuted the PR spin put out by Chance Enterprises. There was laughter from the audience when Keith Miller referred to the fact that Chance Enterprises expected no social ills as a result of a casino. I saw a couple of casino supporters there; I think I saw Sharon Walters, but I can't be sure of that. But other than her, if it was her, and Jeff Ernico, and maybe one or two others....the room and the hall outside was solidly anti-casino. Guess that sort of indicates how the community feels. Wonder how Jeff Ernico felt, remembering what he said to the TV cameras the day the slots license applications were brought to the Gaming Board. He said with a totally straight face into the camera, "We have community support." Which drew laughter from some of the reporters there, I understand. Not this community, you don't, Mr. Ernico. Not from what I saw today. There were folks there who have never publicly indicated how they stood on the casino. I counted 22 people who have had no connection with No Casino Gettysburg who were all making small talk against the casino. There were many more citizens I didn't know.

Susan announced that on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a sort of mini-conference sponsored by the Lutheran Theological Seminary. She thanked everybody who had been patiently standing throughout the presentation and told them there would be plenty of seats, and plenty of room, and plenty of information on Feb. 11.

I was proud of all those people for coming today and most of them standing through the meeting.

Commissioner Tom Weaver was not present. Commissioners Lucy Lott and Glenn Snyder had no comment, and Snyder said at the outset this had not been an "advertised" meeting, so there would be no question and answer period. Well, it was front-page news in the Evening Sun yesterday, and even though there was nothing in the Gettysburg Times yesterday, there was a front page block about it today (after Jean and Dan Siderio raised Cain about nothing being in the Times the day before). So what is an advertised meeting? Oh well. It was a job well done, and obviously the community wants the straight scoop. They got it today. And there will be opportunity for them to get it on Feb. 11.

Good job, Susan, Jim, Keith, and Mike. Well done.
Bravo! Well done No Casino Gettysburg. The last thing we need is a casino sullying the atmosphere of “America’s Town”. No Casino Gettysburg is not going to let up, not for an instant, despite badgering and insults from the casino supporters, and threats from one of their investors. And let us be perfectly reasonable about this, "our town", "our community", "Gettysburg", and "America's Town" all mean the same thing here, and its not about boundaries.

The message is clear, the message is loud. The message is simple.

No casino in Gettysburg. Not in our town, not in “America’s Town”!


Not in “America’s Town!”

“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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