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Maine Today Media papers opine on casino questions

October 23, 2011

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PORTLAND, Maine—Maine Today Media newspapers are urging voters to approve one casino question on the Nov., 8 ballot, but defeat the other.

Matching editorials appearing in the Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal of Augusta and Central Maine Morning Sentinel ( http://bit.ly/cpzigG) of Waterville say voters should pass Question 2, which would allow racinos in Biddeford and Washington County.

The newspapers and their websites say the importance of harness racing as a contributor to Maine's economy and valued element of the state's cultural and social structure is too often overlooked. They dismiss arguments by opponents as "narrow-minded" and "frequently misleading."

But Maine Today Media says voters should reject Question 3, which would allow a casino in downtown Lewiston. It says the allure of quick gambling money should not divert Lewiston from real progress it's made revitalizing itself.