For Immediate Release: 09/17/05
Civil War Preservation Trust Applauds Rendell's Remarks about Gettysburg Casino
In a televised interview, Pennsylvania governor pans proposal for a casino at Gettysburg
(Gettysburg, Pa.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) issued a statement today in response to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's comments against a proposed gambling casino near Gettysburg National Military Park. Rendell's observations were made during an appearance on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, September 15, 2005. CWPT President James Lighthizer made the following statement applauding Rendell's remarks:
"On behalf of the Civil War Preservation Trust, I want to applaud Gov. Rendell's recent remarks against a casino at Gettysburg. In an appearance on the Pennsylvania Cable Network program Pennsylvania Newsmakers, Rendell said: ?I wouldn't want a casino two blocks from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and if it were my decision, I wouldn't want it anywhere close to the historic area of Gettysburg.' Rendell went on to say, "You don't want to have young children seeing a casino next to a great historic shrine.'
"We could not agree more with Gov. Rendell's remarks about the casino plan. Gettysburg is America's most sacred shrine to our nation's Civil War dead. This family-friendly community is such an inappropriate location for a casino that it is hard to believe anyone would consider committing such an outrage. We are proud to number Gov. Rendell among our allies in the fight against a casino at Gettysburg.
"The only comment by Gov. Rendell that we take issue with is his statement that he has no influence over the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the body that will ultimately decide if a casino is built at Gettysburg. The governor greatly underestimates his influence with the gaming board. The governor and state legislature appointed the members of the gaming board and are ultimately responsible for any decisions made by those appointees. To argue otherwise, as the governor's press spokesperson has repeatedly tried to do, isn't likely to fool anyone."
CWPT is a 70,000-member nonprofit battlefield preservation organization. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. Over the years, CWPT has saved more than 21,000 acres of hallowed ground, including 342 acres on the Gettysburg Battlefield. CWPT is also a proud member of the "No Casino Gettysburg" campaign.