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Letter: Make Your Voice Heard on Proposed Casino

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The deadline for registering to present your views on the Category 4 casino proposed for Nittany Mall is noon on Thursday, Aug, 12.  The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) will conduct a Public Input Hearing at 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16th at the Penn Stater Conference Center. This hearing is your opportunity to voice your support or opposition to the proposed casino. Advance registration is required. 

The PGCB is providing those interested in speaking at this hearing a chance to do so either in person or online. This option will present itself during the registration process.In all cases, a presenter has a maximum time limit of five minutes to present their position. Written input will be accepted only until the noon deadline on Thursday.  See the PGCB website at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov to sign-up and for more detailed guidelines. 

I oppose the proposed casino for the same reasons as you. A casino will bring many problems to our area: severe negative financial impact on families, decreased property values in the immediate area and an unmentioned increase in crime. 

Those in favor of the casino will focus on increased revenue for local and state governments and the good-paying family-sustaining jobs the casino will bring. Really? I think those in favor of the casino are hoping this registration deadline would arrive and pass without this reminder to act now! 

Register now or the casino supporters will be doing high-fives and looking forward to the casino’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on its opening day.

Daniel Materna
Howard