About 25 years ago, I had the great pleasure of visiting Vicksburg, Mississippi. I remember the rolling green mounds of the battlefield there, the statues marking it’s history and how beautiful it all was. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.
Now, it is not so much the battlefield that catches your eye but rather the ever expansive casinos that have taken root there.
I saw the same thing happen in Niagara Falls. During my childhood it was a place of wonder and awe.
Unfortunately, that too, is no longer the case.
It is difficult to see the falls through all the high rises that surround it now. The thick fumes and engine roar from the buses are inescapable , and you can no longer park your car within walking distance of the Falls. That’s what the shuttles are for. Those shuttles are really a damper when you want to take visiting family out for a simple drive to see Niagara Falls.
And so, I have not seen the Falls in twenty years.
Now comes the news that the battle for Gettysburg Casinos still rages on, even after it has been beaten to death by public outcry and the ruling letter of the law.
I’ve been in a casino twice in London Ontario. Both times was with a carload of friends after attending a seminar looking to kill a few hours after dinner.
The only pleasant memory I have about it was as I stood at a singular spot in the centre of that huge room, the sounds of all the bells and chimes was almost symphonic.
I love Gettysburg. So much so, that I could easily describe to you all the landmarks and sites that you will encounter as you drive in from the outskirts of the town to the battlefields themselves.
The people you see walking the streets are tourists with cameras in one hand and the hand of a loved one in the other. The are the people who are there for the sole reason of honoring the role that Gettysburg played during the turning point of the American Civil War.
It is horrifying to me to think how it will look after the casinos take hold of it and remake Gettysburg in their own image.
Gambling begets crime.
With the onslaught of casinos the majority of people there will be those in search of satisfying the hungers of avarice They will drown and cast out the present tourism industry .
The thousands of soldiers who are buried there will eventually be rendered insignificant.
To me, this is only further proof that the love of money truly is the root of all evil.