A further step has been taken to bring table games, roulette and craps gambling to a yet-to-be-built casino in Gettysburg. A beginning piece of legislation will make its way to Governor Rendell which, upon his signing, will again open the door to more activity toward that end.
The anti-casino folks are gearing up for another run at defeating the process, but in the old vernacular, money talks and more money talks louder.
Businessman Levan has also put in a good offer to purchase the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center, on the opposite side of town from the original casino intended property, which would provide the venue necessary should the casino become a reality.
Preservationists and historians continue their mindset that the casino will somehow destroy the battlefield and its meaning to the country, and that the revenue to the county of Adams will be negligible both in funds and new employment. The casino devotees think that the casino will be one more draw to people interested in history and the battlefield, but seeking more after-park-hours entertainment and fun than is currently available in the quiet town of Gettysburg. Somewhere between the two lies what will ultimately happen.
Frankly, it appears to this writer as a situation where the two sides will never approach unanimity. The historians can’t stand gambling in their hallowed halls of history, and the entertainment seeking tourists seem to feel that both venues would attract them.
Let the games begin.
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