No on Casino
At the debate at Oxford Hills High School John Williams, and Rob Lally claimed that:
“We are tired of all the traffic passing through Oxford/Norway area on their way to the mountains, lakes and ponds. We think a casino will give them a reason to stop,”
I just cannot believe that the individual or family on their way to ski, hike, hunt, fish, kayak, golf, visit family, friends, or just enjoy the wonderful natural beauty of our mountains and hills would say to themselves or the family: “Let’s stop at the casino and throw some money away.”
Why would they do that?
I believe the number of jobs and the amount of money that a casino in Oxford County would create is way overinflated in the projections of the proposal. I don’t believe that people will travel here from out of state just to gamble. Most of the money will come from local people and we already have enough poor people.
I quote from an article in the N.Y. Times, (1/10/10): “The Foxwoods Resort Casino has 7,600 slot machines. Slot revenue fell to $709 million in 2008-’09 from $820 million in 2004.’05… Some 700 employees were laid off a year ago.”
Sometime in the 1980’s I visited Atlantic City. I will never forget the buses from the N.Y. city area. How the people came and gambled away their welfare checks. The look on their faces when they had spent all they could and sat in the lobby waiting for a bus to take them home. Sad! So Very Sad!!
Nancy Willard, Woodstock