Tests show well water will work at Hollywood racino in Austintown

Tests show well water will work at Hollywood racino in Austintown

On behalf of Penn National Gaming, I want to clarify our position on providing water for our under-construction Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown, as discussed in Bertram de Souza’s column Oct. 21.

As Mr. de Souza correctly points out, Penn National provides its own well water at several of our racetrack facilities. Racetracks require significant amounts of water for the infield and to treat and maintain the racetrack itself. It is economically advantageous to provide our own well water when conditions of quantity and water quality permit.

It was always our intention to provide our own water, and based on our most recent tests, we are pleased that it now appears we will be able to do this on our Austintown site.

Regardless of the outcome, we are grateful to all of the entities that offered to help provide us with water if necessary, including Austintown Township and the cities of Youngstown and Niles. Our goal is always to maintain strong, productive relationships with government agencies, the business community and the residents of communities in which we operate, and we are confident that will be the case in the Mahoning Valley.

Eric Schippers, Wyomissing, Pa.

The writer is senior vice president, public affairs, of Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Boardman man, 95, recalls when health reforms worked

In case you missed it in The Vindicator on Oct. 11, the Years Ago column reported that 75 years ago, “The Association Hospital Service Inc., which provides hospitalization insurance for 75 cents a month for St. Elizabeth and Youngstown hospitals, reaches 7,000 members, bolstered by 1,000 after expanding its services to maternity patients.”

Can we imagine how this took place at that time:

1. They probably had a family meeting to discuss whether they could afford it, and checked the cookie jar for help.

2. If they didn’t have a horse and buggy, they probably took a street car downtown to sign up.

3. They probably made sure their next door neighbor, who they knew well, was aware of the program.

4. They probably didn’t worry about whether it was a Republican or Democratic program.

5. The program was probably well publicized and understandable.

Is it necessary to compare this to what is going on today, or have you already done this?

1. Today, it’s difficult to get the family together long enough to discuss anything especially if they are playing with their cellphones.

2. Today, people would be trying to sign up on their computer, which was either jammed or had a recording to deal with.

3. Today, people may mention it to their neighbor if they could remember their names or had the time to talk to them.

4. Today, they are so disgusted with politicians they want to throw them out of office. They passed a hospitalization plan with over 1,000 pages without reading it.

Notice I have not even compared the cost of 75 cents to the cost today. That would take more time than I have at 95 years of age.

Gordon Mitchell, Boardman

Let the Phantoms thrill you

People have said Youngstown is a football town. I disagree. I believe that Youngstown is a sports town, and the best ticket in town is the Youngstown Phantoms.

The team is talented and exciting. Hockey is fast paced, nonstop action, tickets are cheap, and there isn’t a bad seat in the Covelli Centre.

This team is among the best in the United States Hockey League, but towards the bottom of the league in attendance. The Phantoms are something that this town should embrace and be proud of.

Come to a game or two, and give hockey a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Jeremy C. Miller, Austintown