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New Hampshire looks to gaming for more bucks

Oct 30, 2001 1:37 AM

One New Hampshire county believes that establishing gaming is the solution to a struggling economy.

Mayor Robert Danderson of Berlin said casino gambling in Coos County is essential to avoid the permanent shutdown of Pulp and Paper of America, according to an Associated Press report.

“We can’t survive on selling hikers brown bag lunches,” Danderson said. “A casino in Berlin would be a boon to business in the region.”

An opposing opinion came from state Sen. Clifton Below, D-Lebanon, who described slot machines as “the crack cocaine of gambling.”

“They are designed to fleece people out of their money,” Below said.

Danderson said a casino may be Berlin’s only hope.