Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 5-6, 2011: Casinos, voting and print shops

Posted Nov. 04, 2011, at 4:01 p.m.

Casinos and prosperity

Creating jobs during a time of economic hardship is a difficult thing to accomplish. Losing your job during economic hardship is a tragedy. Opening three new casinos in our state does not remedy these real issues Mainers are facing.

The promise of thousands of new jobs created by these facilities is a well-crafted message designed to trick Mainers into thinking that the new businesses arriving in their towns will give them long-lasting financial success and security.

Wrong.

A majority of the jobs that will be created by these facilities are temporary. Yes, construction jobs are always temporary, but they make up the bulk of the jobs these facilities purport.

The idea that five casinos in Maine can thrive harmoniously is absurd. The casino industry is competitive, and Maine doesn’t offer metropolitan regions casinos generally thrive in.

Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway in Bangor slowly integrated into Bangor’s community. There were never false promises made or increased crime rates in town, just a gambling facility that is working hard to bring thriving economic success to its host city.

Vote no on Questions 2 and 3. Three casinos will prove to be too much too soon. These are prosperous times in the Queen City, times that have a direct correlation to the great things Hollywood Slots has done in our town.

Vote no on Questions 2 and 3 and give our region real job security. Invest time and money into new endeavors and protect our local economy.

Sam Weymouth

Stetson

Protect democracy’s foundation

Know your vote is secure by voting no on referendum Question 1, advocates the Bangor Republican Committee.

By unanimous vote of members at their Oct. 19 meeting, the local GOP committee supports the new voter registration changes passed by the Maine Legislature last spring.

Take the now infamous story surrounding 16 Cayman Island students. They were not even Maine residents. Nonetheless, they show up at the polls on Election Day with nothing more than a hotel address. This of course enabled them to have a voice in deciding who Maine residents should have represent them in the Legislature.

Forty-two states have tougher requirements than Maine.

The claim is that voters will become “disenfranchised.” That statement is misinforming. Allowing two business days before Election Day for municipal clerks to verify new Maine voters is not disenfranchisement.

New voters will continue to have all year long (with 247 business days) to register to vote. They of course are always able to register at their municipal clerk’s office, by mail, Bureau of Motor Vehicles or any Department of Health and Human Services agency.

Elections are the foundation of a democracy. A secure vote ensures that everyone’s vote counts.

Maine people still have the opportunity to do so. It is critical that we secure our voter registration process, for ourselves and future generations.

Vote no on Question 1 and know your vote is secure.

Gary L. Lowe

Secretary

Bangor Republican Committee

Yes on table games

Since 2005 Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway has helped pave the way for stable business growth in Bangor. Over the past six years the downtown area has been revived. Spurring the creation of new shops and community activities focused on getting people out, active and involved, the Slots has been the fuel to the fire ushering in needed revenue and interest in Bangor.

Hollywood Slots has created more than 400 local jobs with payroll and benefits of more than $9.5 million annually. Adding table games at Hollywood Slots will create 89 new, good-paying jobs.

Hollywood Slots has been a good neighbor. The facility has generated more than $132 million in revenue for our state. A yes vote will add over $1 million in licensing fees for the state’s General Fund, money we can’t turn away from during a time when we are facing serious budget cuts and downfalls.

The entertainment package that will be offered — with the addition of table games at Hollywood Slots and the completion of the new arena — will rival those offered in much larger cities in the Northeast. It’s high time we embrace change in Maine and really take hold of these great opportunities being created in the Pine Tree State.

Put people back to work, support funding for local and state governments, make Bangor a destination for residents and visitors alike by voting yes for table games and jobs in Penobscot County Nov. 8.

Wes Griffiths

Bradford

Cut the fraud, nonsense

Let’s cut the nonsense: same-day voter registration existed only to facilitate voter fraud.

We recognize the everyday inconvenience of having to register our car or having to show an ID to cash a check, and yet registering to vote two days in advance to put a stop to one of the primary tools of voter fraud is somehow an affront to our right to procrastinate?

If you take the time to talk to poll watchers and poll workers, you will get firsthand accounts of what is actually transpiring on Election Day. You also will get an earful of how the poll workers or watchers that do raise an alarm at a questionable voter are intimidated into silence. It may not be occurring in every community, but it is happening, and we should not be tolerating it.

This year, the Legislature said enough is enough, and passed the most basic of voter fraud protections, the requirement that new voters register two days in advance of an election to allow city clerks time to verify the legitimacy of that person’s right to vote there.

Without confidence that our elections reflect the true voice of the people, confidence in government is lost. Maine has one of the most lax and unmonitored voting systems in the country, and this small step to resist those who would sway elections against the legitimate will of the people should not be undone.

Vote no on 1 to fight voter fraud.

Ted Cowan

Rockland

Print local

Whether or not we like it, all of us have received fliers in the mail saying to vote yes or no on something. We have even received the occasional flier asking us to vote for or against someone. Some say that this is good for Maine and will create jobs, while others say the exact opposite.

But take a closer look at where they are sending their advertising dollars. Most of these campaigns print at least some (if not all) their items through an out-of-state print shop. What message does this send our work force? Are they are not as competent as an out-of-state company?

If they are so concerned with keeping jobs in Maine, maybe they should start using Maine companies to promote their cause.

Walter Ryan

Bangor

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