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NH CASINO NOW to Host Gambling Forum

Will take place Oct. 25 at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge

By NH CASINO NOW

On Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge, 39 Shadow Lake Road in Salem, NH CASINO NOW will be hosting a community forum to discuss the impact casino gambling would have on Greater Salem and hear first-hand about the experience of how it is currently working in a similar community in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

“We know that members of our community have questions about how a casino at Rockingham Park will impact things like our other local hospitality businesses, retail businesses, quality of life, and traffic,” said Dan Norris, NH Casino NOW’s chairman.  “We are sponsoring this event to give our community a venue to ask these questions.  This is an opportunity for members of the Salem area business community and other members of the public to ask these questions of knowledgeable panelists.”

According to Larry Belair, the organization’s treasurer and steering committee member, “We look forward to hearing some different perspectives of how the Meadows Racetrack and Casino has impacted Washington County (Pennsylvania).  That community went through a very similar process that Salem is undertaking with Rockingham Park.”  Belair, who served for many years as both Salem’s school district and town moderator, will moderate the forum.  “We expect to learn from the panelists a great deal about what Greater Salem might expect from a casino at Rockingham Park,” Belair said.

ABOUT NH CASINO NOW:  Salem-area residents formed NH Casino NOW to tell their elected leaders in Concord that time is fleeting and the time for a limited expansion of casino gambling is right now.  We believe Salem-area residents needed to have their voice heard on why New Hampshire should allow casino gambling.  We also believe that Rockingham Park is the best location in New Hampshire to compete successfully against the casinos in Connecticut and Maine and now Massachusetts.  A casino at Rockingham Park will bring thousands of jobs, millions of visitors, and become a reliable economic engine for development in the area. Home or business owners interested in having a sign, donating, or getting involved in other ways can visit our website, www.nhcasinonow.com.  Anyone interested in donating can mail it to NH Casino NOW, P.O. Box 293, Salem, NH 03079.

Jim Rubens October 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Finally, casino backers at least acknowledging the problem of local business revenue and jobs cannibalization. Casinos are a zero sum biz: casino revenues come from diverted consumer spending, less spending at the local businesses such as retailers, restaurants, the Verizon Center, etc. Compared with locally-owned biz, casino revenues and profits also tend to be sucked out of state, rather than recycled/re-invested locally.
ROSE PELLEGRINI October 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I AM INTERESTED IN HELPING TO GET CASINO GAMBLING AT ROCKINGHAM PARK. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP. WE NEED TO ACT BEFOr E MASSACHUSETTS OR WE WILL BE LEFT OUT. I GO TO FOXWOODS FREQUENTLY, ABOUT ONCE A WEEK, OR MORE IF CLOSER, AND THEY NEED SOME COMPETITION. SO MANY N.H. PEOPLE GO TO FOXWOODS AND MOHEGAN SUN. I SAY KEEP THE MONEY HERE IN OUR OWN STATE. rose pellegrini@comcast.net
Gary Boutin October 21, 2012 at 03:31 AM
We have had gaming for over 100 years. What ever happened to Live Free or Die ? Most of us in Salem want it and we keep getting shot down by others from all over the state. The time is now !

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