A proposed casino within five miles of Gettysburg National Military Park, which includes the Civil War battlefield and a national cemetery, is the latest threat to the Route 15 historic corridor ["Trust Decries Development in Three-State Historic Area," front page, June 3]. The proposed site is at the intersection of Routes 15 and 30, just minutes east of Gettysburg.
The park, including the final resting place of those who gave their lives that this nation might live, is hallowed ground. I attended elementary school in Gettysburg in a building that still had bullet holes and imbedded shells from the battle in 1863. On Memorial Day, we marched to Gettysburg National Cemetery carrying flowers that we placed on the graves of those killed in the battle. Many headstones had only numbers, no names. This taught us the meaning of Gettysburg.
The park and town of 7,000 have survived many assaults in the past 50 years, including the razing of some historic buildings and commercial development on the edge of the park, but a casino would change the character of the region.
Pennsylvania is a big state, with 67 counties. If the legislature wants gambling, let it pick another site and leave Gettysburg to its visiting troops of Scouts, students, families and Civil War enthusiasts.
ARTHUR C. AIKIN