A grave job in grave times – Happy Halloween

Viktor Vasnetsov, the Grave-digger, 1871


Yesterday the governor of New York and other dignitaries gathered around a shovel to highlight the beginning of construction of the first casino – actually at this point a racino, that is slot machines at a race track, but no table games; the developer has made no secret that it wants other options in time.  And given the recent develops with the Shinnecock Indian Nation and its plans for three casinos in New York City, Aqueduct will need everything it can get to remain competitive.  Like my thoughts on the election, it is time to give the decline of Atlantic City caused by competing casinos in surrounding states a break, but given it is Halloween, who could resist it? The governor of New York could be construed as a dark and sinister digger of Atlantic City’s grave, couldn’t he?

In related grave news and grave digging news, in the next couple of weeks trials are expected to begin in Alabama and Iowa for casino executives, lobbyist and politicians over alleged attempts to influence votes  on gaming issues by bribing lawmakers, regulators and politicians.  All in all, it seems as if the digger will have full employment – and that is before he gets the assignment for the candidates in next week’s election who failed to win the popular vote.  For the rest of us, the sun will come again as the incessant advertisements, robo phone calls and door to door campaigners will disappear for awhile.


1 Response to “A grave job in grave times – Happy Halloween”

  1. 1 Lynne Rosner October 30, 2010 at 5:22 am

    How could you work a full shift with a pipe in your mouth? It must have been a good time for the handkerchief sewer.

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