Better for Lewiston

I moved to Lewiston three years ago and I know the struggle my new home suffers from: poverty.

As a black man from Detroit, I know about poverty, but I never gave up. My mother raised me to have faith if I want things to improve.

The poverty I see in Lewiston is far worse than Detroit. How can an All-America city have no self-respect?

Luckily, some Lewiston residents are turning this around. They risked their money and reputation to put a casino on the 2011 ballot and bring millions of dollars in new investment to this city. They could have put it anywhere. They chose Lewiston because they believe in us.

I am proud to call Lewiston my home. We need to stop being kicked around and bullied by the rest of the state. This is our chance to stand up and be heard. Why should Bangor make millions every year from its casino? Lewiston is the same size. Why should we just roll over and let Oxford have it? Don't we need the jobs? Aren't we good enough here?

Yes, we are.

I'll be voting "no" on the Oxford casino because it makes much more sense to put it in Lewiston. Don't give up. We need to take pride in our hometown. I don't let people put me down because of my race, and I won't let them because it is where I live.

I believe in our community. We need the casino in Lewiston.

Dennis Graise, Auburn

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 's picture

Start boycotting, but I am

Start boycotting, but I am sure that if people are in REAL danger, health wise, they are still headed to St. Mary's or CMMC because it is closer. Like I said feel free to start boycotting, the survival of L/A and Androscoggin county doesn't come from entirely or significantly from Oxford county. Also, why bring Franklin county, when both Casinos would benefit the region either way.

 's picture

many of you need a civics lesson

Remember the 100 mile provision has been state law since 2003 when it was endorsed by the majority of voters in Maine. However it has no teeth and this is why....every gaming bill must either go before the legislature or to the pepole to be enacted. Any law passed today can be overidden with a new law in the next session.....the referendum being circulated for lewiston and for biddeford next year have exempted themsleves from the 100 miles. Now the proponants will not tell you tthat becuase they want you to vote no for oxford, but it is a blatant lie. You can vote for Oxford this year and vote for lewiston next year, one vote does not effect the other...and that is the truth..vote YES on 1

Terry Donald's picture

Very true

You are right Dennis. The language of the casino issue, which will not appear on the ballot but every smart voter should read before deciding, says that no other casino could be sited within 100 miles of the Oxford facility.
Restriction of trade is not the way to deal with the issue of casino gambling. Giving 5 Mainers a casino monopoly is bad for the rest of us.
I hope that Lewiston can come up with a better deal.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The parrot sez you won't do

The parrot sez you won't do all those things; it reads nice, but you won't do them. The multi-colored liberal bird has spoken. AARRGHH!! 0O:-)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

So, let me make sure I've got

So, let me make sure I've got this right. The financial survival of the merchants and health care providers in Lewiston-Auburn are hostages to the outcome of a casino election in Oxford County? And that if the voters of L/A go against the Oxford Casino, you all will boycott L/A. AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN. Nice rhetorical ring to it, but not doable to the extent that anyone will notice.
Not trying to give you a hard time, Candice; you're just slapping the wrong pony's behind.

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