The editorial board of Denton Publications — the newspaper chain based in Elizabethtown that covers much of the Adirondacks — has come out with a full-throated endorsement of casino gambling in the Park.
“Towns like Newcomb, Port Henry and Tupper Lake that once thrived from logging and mining now seem to be headed the way of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek,” DenPubs argued, comparing rural towns here to post-gold rush communities in Colorado.
Certainly the argument can be made that casinos would forever alter the quality of life that makes the Adirondacks the special place it is.
But through progressive planning — like forcing casinos into commercial districts, limiting stakes and establishing set closing times — casino gambling could be as good a fit here as it proved to be in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.
So what do you think? Casinos are already a hot topic for debate in the Catskills. And the casino on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation in northern Franklin County has been a huge boost for the community there.
Do you want to see slots and blackjack at the old Frontier Town location, or perhaps at the old Lowe’s location near Fort Ticonderoga, as Denpubs suggests? Comments welcome, as always.