Casino caution

WELCOME, NEW RESIDENT:

Addiction! Crime! Traffic! Falling Property Values! Economic Inequality!

Sound appealing? If so, then join the army of local officials regurgitating rank propaganda from the casino industry and support a “mini-casino” here in Shippensburg.

A robust body of studies have demonstrated what the common-sense experience of many Americans illustrates – that casinos:

Benefit the few at the expense of the many, leading those who can least afford to squander funds – like the vulnerable elderly – to hand over limited income;profit by undermining precisely the virtue-centered habits – prudence, discipline, moderation – on which many local citizens have built their lives;and operate as “all-consuming environments,” meant to capture – and exhaust – the time and money of customers, thereby denying to other local businesses the overflow economic benefits that casino executives cynically tout to win local support.

Further, the resources of local social service providers will be overwhelmed by the well-documented sewer of social ills – increases in addiction, bankruptcies, family breakdown and crime – that reliably flow from, and so wash away the purported economic benefits of, casinos.

Nor would local property owners avoid the gusher of casino-supplied slime:“The impact of casinos on neighboring property values,” concluded a 2013 report by the National Association of Realtors, “is unambiguously negative.”

As many wise local citizens have forcefully argued, Shippensburg is a charming, quiet community, invigorated by the cornerstone values of faith, family and fraternity so many of us treasure. A mini-casino would emphatically erode, not support, these crucial values.

For millennia, deathbed-embraced truths have enriched our understanding of ourselves, crystallizing in our minds the commanding wisdom that love and virtue are the essence of well-lived lives, and the sooner we know it, the better.

But there is no old adage about a man on his deathbed lamenting time not spent with a slot machine.

Brad DeFlumeri, Shippensburg

Thank you

“For the Kids of Chambersburg” was created many years ago as an answer to a need within our local community for increased financial contribution to child related, non profit organizations. Through our fundraising efforts, we have been able to foster community involvement by attendance and donations at our events.

We had a successful fundraising event April 2, 2019 at the Lifepoint Church (across from the Post office) called “Taste of The Valley”. We had 14 Restaurants and local Caterer’s that participated by donating a “taste” of their specialty foods for 240 people. This is our 16th year for this event.

We would like to thank those restaurants and Caterer’s and acknowledge them for their participation : Applebee’s, Olive Garden, CM Pig out, Main Street Deli, Butcher Shoppe / Big Oak, Kathy’s Deli, Fuddruckers, Chick-Fil-A, Texas Roadhouse, Pat & Carla’s III, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream/Nathans, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Orchards and Jimmy John’s. No one went away Hungry! What a great night we had!

After the meal we were entertained by Skyler Eiker, a local 13 year old multi-talented Pianist attending CAMS South.

We also would like to thank everyone who bought a ticket (all 240 of you) and supported us through donating items, bidding and Buying in the live and silent auctions. You all made the night successful!

The Proceeds from this years, “Taste of The Valley” will go to continue the work of “For The Kids of Chambersburg”, to help those non profits in Chambersburg that strengthen our community by helping children in need.

Lynn Rotz, Event Chair

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