Maine seeks beaconin light of casinos

Jul 15, 2003 4:14 AM

People talk about the lighthouse on Sanford’s new coastline, but is that beacon coming from proposed casinos?

Whatever the real Maine is, the true image lies somewhere between the picturesque coastline scene and some Nevada sand brought to you by Las Vegas-backed casinos.

Proponents say that most gamblers would come from out-of-state, even Massachusetts or New Hampshire eventually build casinos. If it’s not right to fleece your neighbor from down the street, why is it OK to fleece those from away?

Or will that be, ultimately, Maine’s true image?

York County Coast Star

Cal, can you hear us?

Statewide, Indian casinos have cost California counties at least $175 million in non-reimbursed road, water, sewer and law enforcement costs. The tribes don’t pay taxes, but a number of them have negotiated agreements with local governments to mitigate some of the negative impacts.

The California State Association of Counties held public hearings last month to tackle the critical issue of Indian gaming’s effects on local governments. Currently, 53 active casinos are operating in 24 counties and 23 more casinos are planned.

Nothing in the state compact negotiated by Gov. Gray Davis requires tribes to cooperate with local governments. The counties don’t like being rebuffed by the Legislature and have been forced to take the initiative regarding concerns of adding more casinos.

The state should follow their lead.

Sacramento Bee

Buffalo needs casino

A Seneca Nation casino in downtown Buffalo needs to be examined by all parties in much more depth.

Too many arguments opposing a casino for downtown are flawed. First, the threat to compulsive gamblers has already been realized by similar venues in Fort Erie and Niagara Falls.

This casino poses no greater threat to the community than the New York State lottery.

Buffalo, though one of USA’s poorest cities, needs a first-class casino that integrates with its neighbors. The real risk is not taking one.

The Buffalo News