Maine Today Media papers favor racinos, reject Lewiston casino

Posted Oct. 23, 2011, at 3:55 p.m.
Surrounded by supporters, including state and local officials, Passamaquoddy Tribal Chief Clayton Cleaves recently asked for the state's backing on Question 2 of the November ballot, which would allow the tribe to build a racino in Washington County.
Sharon Kiley Mack | BDN
Surrounded by supporters, including state and local officials, Passamaquoddy Tribal Chief Clayton Cleaves recently asked for the state's backing on Question 2 of the November ballot, which would allow the tribe to build a racino in Washington County.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Today Media newspapers are urging voters to approve one casino question on the Nov. 8 ballot but defeat the other.

Matching editorials appearing in the Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal of Augusta and Morning Sentinel of Waterville say voters should pass Question 2, which would allow racinos in Biddeford and Washington County.

The newspapers and their websites say the importance of harness racing as a contributor to Maine’s economy and valued element of the state’s cultural and social structure too often is overlooked. They dismiss arguments by opponents as “narrow-minded” and “frequently misleading.”

But Maine Today Media says voters should reject Question 3, which would allow a casino in downtown Lewiston. It says the allure of quick gambling money should not divert Lewiston from real progress it has made revitalizing itself.

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