Off Liner Ruins Peace
By earl
The New York Times, in an article by Pam Belluck, declares that the casino proposed in Sanford, Maine “splinters a state used to consensus.” The casino, proposed in this town of 20,000 people in southern Maine, has drawn its proponents, who recognize that Sanford needs the economic boost the new casino would bring; and its opponents, who argue with perhaps greater passion that an off line casino would ruin the character of Sanford.

The whole state will vote on Tuesday, November 4, on whether to authorize the $650,000,000 Vegas-style casino complex. In opposition to this sum is $9,500,000 -- the amount of money opposition to the off liner has attracted and already spent in this huge campaign for the hearts and minds of the Maine people.

Opponents to the off line casino are Maine’s governor, John E. Baldacci, a Democrat, and a consortium of both liberal groups and conservative Christians. Many big businesses are also reportedly against the proposal.

The state has yet to consider online casino gaming as an alternative revenue generator, but proponents of online gaming believe that it could bring revenue in excess of those projected from the Sanford casino project, at a fraction of the cost. Additionally, problems with traffic, parking and social ills associated with terrestrial casino gaming can be wholly avoided if the project goes digital.

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