Saturday, April 29, 2006

139: “Killing the Golden Goose”


A week ago we celebrated our first birthday. In the course of reviewing a year’s worth of GettysBLOG essays we noticed a recurring theme that just will not go away. It sang out for attention after we had read a number of articles in the Pottstown Mercury [An absolutely great newspaper, by the way, with a very principled editor, something the Gettysburg area seems to be lacking!].

The voices coming from the Limerick area, where a casino is as stupidly proposed as is the one in Gettysburg, have repeatedly stressed the traffic would kill the area, and the fact that the area is simply not in need of economic development. The latter theme is one we have been sounding here since before the casino was announced a little over a year ago. We started GettysBLOG to fight over-development in Adams County, particularly in Straban Township. The casino project simply fell into our laps within days of our launching.

The casino project has come to symbolize the very essence of what is wrong with the approach to development in Adams County, by its business leaders, by its developers, and by its elected officials at the County, township and borough level.

The only governmental body to show a principled stand on the casino issue did so last summer. The Board of the Gettysburg Area School District [GASD] refused to participate in Act 72, the so called Homestead act that would have alleviated some property taxes, replacing the education funding with money from the casinos. Their reason: money tainted by gambling was unacceptable. It is believed they were the only district in the state to say so for that particular reason. 80% of the districts in the state opted to refuse the funding from Act 72, mostly because they had serious doubts the funds would be there.

Those community leaders, the Straban Township Supervisors, the Gettysburg Borough Council, the Adams County Commissioners, the Adams County Economic Development Corporation, the Adams County Chamber of Commerce, all have been deceiving the populace of this area. Is it a conspiracy to deceive? In part it is. At best it is a concerted effort by the majorities and leadership positions of the aforementioned bodies.

The lie? That the Gettysburg/Adams County area needs economic development.

The truth? The Gettysburg/Adams County area does not need economic development.

We have demonstrated repeatedly here that the area is one of the most economically sound and secure areas in the state, and in the nation. Adams County annually has the lowest or the second lowest unemployment rate in the state. It has been that way for more than a decade. The two major industries fulfill the employment needs of the county (tourism and agriculture). The per household income in Adams County is one of the highest in the rural areas of the state, and among counties not near major cities it ranks near the top.

We are not against development, but we are rooted in defiance of massive, runaway development such as that brought to us by such luminaries as David LeVan, Bob Monahan, Dave Sites, S&A Builders, Wormold Construction, and whoever the idiots are who are trying to turn Biglerville and Fairfield into towns larger than Gettysburg.

[For the record, Bob Monahan is breaking federal law. The U.S. Government Printing Office has issued a pamphlet for the United States Department of State about the history and uses of the Great Seal of the U.S. It says:

As for the coat of arms, the Department has expressed concern in the past over the increasing tendency to use it in commercial enterprises and in ways that give the impression of U.S. Government sponsorship or involvement. However, it is the Department’s current practice not to provide an opinion as to the suitability of proposed uses. The matter of legality is left to the Department of Justice. Title 18 of the U.S. Code, as revised in January 1971, prohibits use of the likeness of the Great Seal or any facsimile in “any advertisement, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production” for the purpose of conveying a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the U.S. Government under threat of a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.

As a former member of the State Department, Bob Monahan should know better than to hijack the Great Seal of the U.S. and plaster it all over his pet project, Gateway Gettysburg. It is a rash insult to the honor of this nation to illegally use the seal for crass commercialization. And Bob Monahan has done just that! No fine, please – let’s opt for imprisonment!]

Such avarice and pure destruction is evil to its core, and it has been countenanced by those elected officials and community groups mentioned above. Countenanced, courted, and wooed. Who will benefit from this overdevelopment?

Not you, the average citizen of Adams County. But you can bet your last dollar that David LeVan, Bob Monahan, Dave Sites, S&A Builders, Wormold Construction, and whoever the idiots are who are trying to turn Biglerville and Fairfield into towns larger than Gettysburg will benefit by direct financial gain, as will the Straban Township Supervisors, the Gettysburg Borough Council, the Adams County Commissioners, the Adams County Economic Development Corporation, and the Adams County Chamber of Commerce. There are few exceptions.

These decks have been stacked against you very carefully over the past decade. If you dig deep enough into the backgrounds of your elected officials you will find the connections. Someone owns stock in S&A; someone’s brother is a local building trade contractor; someone used to work for Wormold Construction; and someone else (many someones) have their political campaign warchests filled by LeVan, Monahan, Sites, etc.

Citizens of Adams County, the fix is in and you aren’t part of it. You will get higher taxes, higher crime, choked roads, a loss of agricultural production that will devastate the county, and a loss of tourism dollars that will cripple the county.

Bob Monahan got his. He’s already moved his family out of the area. The only dream he ever had on Little Round Top was one to the sound of a cash register. He leaves a landscape scarred by the bulldozer blade, several very aesthetically ugly buildings, and what will soon become a staggering infrastructure bill that will be shoved down the throats (or, rather up another body orifice) of the citizens of Adams County in mega-increased taxes.

As for LeVan, he’s trying to build his empire along US 30. He almost got a biker bar built for his wife. Instead he got her name (and his) plastered on the rebuilt Majestic Theater. It is now ‘The Majestic Theater at the David and Jennifer LeVan Performing Arts Center’. Gag.

There is a strategy to defeat these greedy people, and salvage your county. And that is to deny them their seats of power. Come the election, do not vote for a single incumbent. Start now, in the primary. Refuse to support the political parties who foster this environment from top to bottom. Vote for Clean Sweep candidates.

Vote out of office the ineffectual and morally compromised Steve Maitland. Remove from office any and all County Commissioners, and Township Supervisors, Borough Council Members, Mayors, and other elected officials.

Support a state constitutional convention to restore integrity and force it on our elected officials.

The time to strike is now. You must harvest your anger, and keep it stoked. These people, and it goes much higher than just in Adams County, want to steal your livelihood, your community, your back yard, the pleasant views you pass on your way about the area, and they are going to make you pay for it.

The following people will not be paying for it: David LeVan, Bob Monahan, Dave Sites, S&A Builders, Wormold Construction, and whoever the idiots are who are trying to turn Biglerville and Fairfield into towns larger than Gettysburg, the Straban Township Supervisors, the Gettysburg Borough Council, the Adams County Commissioners, the Adams County Economic Development Corporation, and the Adams County Chamber of Commerce.

One final note: The Gettysburg Borough Council didn’t just sell their soul to the devil, they sold yours and mine, too, whether we live in the borough or not. They sold us all, lock stock and barrel to the devil, and they never even read the bill of sale. You decide what to do about them. They slit the throat of the golden goose that was the Gettysburg area.

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