'The dire consequences' of a casino

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The Genting Corporation has proposed to build a massive gaming development on a parcel of land nearly surrounded by Sterling Forest State Park.

The promoters who were sent here to sell the project are professional enticers, and they are very good at their work. They have dressed the proposal in the most appealing way, with cheerful bright paint hiding dire consequences. The Town of Tuxedo is no match for their cunning.

Ultimately, they are appealing to greed. Every argument that we have heard in favor of the plan is based on the promise of financial gain. (Greed, of course, is the key to their business model: it is the engine that drives gambling.)

Who could resist?
The Sterling Forest Partnership rejects the notion that a large development project in the nest of Sterling Forest State Park can improve our community.

Any benefit to the local economy - and the benefits are far from clear - will come at a catastrophic expense to Sterling Forest State Park.

Sterling Forest State Park is a delicate fabric that ruptures at the touch of human activity (apart from passive recreation). It already holds inside of its borders the Watchtower and the poisonous mulch pile.

Development projects like the casino perceive the forest as a useful background, a sight to see from the car window, a sylvan landscape to boast about in their ads.

But we see a fragile ecosystem, a complex entity full of life, of interdependent lives.

It has fallen to the Tuxedo community to be that entity's principle custodian, its gatekeeper.

If we allow the proposed project to move forward, we are inviting disaster into the gates.

On behalf of the Sterling Forest Partnership,

Rodger Friedman


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