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Is a casino the best use for Nittany Mall? ; The success of the green movement is here to stay

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A rendering of the proposed mini-casino at the former Macy's in the Nittany Mall was shown at a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board public hearing.

A rendering of the proposed mini-casino at the former Macy’s in the Nittany Mall was shown at a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board public hearing.

Screenshot/PGCB Public Hearing

Is a casino the best use for Nittany Mall?

I walked past the Nittany mall last week and looked at the empty Macy’s store and parking lot. I remember reading that some casino fans were tired of looking at that empty store and its empty parking lot. I was hoping some of our community would walk past the mall and look at the old Macy’s store for a while. They could then decide if they really would rather see a mini-casino there for 30 years with vehicles from other Pennsylvania residents filling that parking lot.

I was wondering if area residents would read the very recent online reviews of new mini-casinos in Greensburg and York, which are posted with just a few clicks. Do this quick search online and you’ll find that casino customer reviews are posted on TripAdvisor, Google, and Yelp. You will also find that the novelty and thrill of these charming casinos has quickly dissipated. After reading some of these recent reviews, please take a few minutes to email the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) in Harrisburg at [email protected] The PGCB commissioners have assured us that they will read and consider these public comments before voting to approve or deny the casino’s license application. The board meeting for this vote has not been scheduled and the date remains undetermined. Tell PGCB what you want to see at Nittany Mall for the next 30 years. Don’t just hope for the best because those hopes won’t come true.

Daniel Materna, Howard

The success of the green movement built to last

The world is beginning to see that green parties are more than just single-issue countercultural factions. Their deliberate grassroots organizing, unwavering commitment to democratic processes, and emphasis on self-determination for all have enabled the movement to thrive in a wide range of societies and electoral systems in more than 90 countries. The success of the green movement is built to last, and as a united ideological front, they are poised to reshape international discourse for decades to come.

Internationally, green parties are a relatively new phenomenon. Green parties were launched in New Zealand and Australia in 1972, and arrived in the United States in 1984. Their international coordination is also relatively young; the Global Greens, an international alliance of national environmental parties, was founded in 2001. I attended the first global meeting of the Greens in May 1992 in Rio de Janeiro before the Earth Summit. So even though these parts act locally, they think globally and are united by common points of view.

These green parties were born as grassroots movements after decades of cultivation by environmentalists. Where they thrive is through the sheer strength of their organization and their campaigns. The US Green Party calls for electoral reform of our first-past-the-post system, which has held us back from power.

The Center County Greens will have a meeting Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. to elect officers and conduct other business. All registered Greens in our county are welcome to participate.

Douglas M. Mason, Port Mathilde. The author is president of the Center County Green Party.

Hypocrisy in Corman’s message

Senator Jake Corman’s recent e-newsletter from January 14 ends with this statement:

“Monday is recognized as Martin Luther King Jr. Day across America to honor the tremendous contributions of this civil rights icon. It is a day to rededicate ourselves to bridging the gaps in our country. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of convenience and comfort, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” – The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.”

What bitter irony and what hypocrisy! Corman’s leadership is a far cry from King’s legacy. In truth, Corman is prioritizing his own convenience and comfort by supporting lies such as a “stolen” 2020 election, ineffective COVID-19 protocols, voting rights restrictions, and other repressive Republican priorities. .

Let’s find better leaders who are truly on the side of truth in these times of challenge and controversy.

Catherine Alloway, Port Mathilde