Lancaster County, Pennsylvania municipalities do the right thing in opting out of consideration for casinosBy Lancaster OnlineJanuary 2, 2018 at 4:24 pmTHE ISSUEAll 60 Lancaster County municipalities have opted out of consideration to have a Category 4 casino, according to state Sen. Scott Martin, a Martic Township Republican. Earlier this month, Martin and fellow state Sen. Ryan Aument, also a Republican, sent letters to their respective municipalities to urge them to take advantage of a provision in Pennsylvania’s new gambling law to opt out and act to prevent minicasinos from popping up within their boundaries. The new law allows the state’s 10 largest casinos to start bidding in January on licenses allowing up to 750 slot machines and 30 table games at satellite locations.We’re often critical of government — federal, state and local — for not listening to the voices of people. The criticism is justified.People are frustrated, discouraged, and they don’t believe — with good reason in many cases — that their elected representatives have their best interests at heart.But this is different. The people spoke — to LNP, to state lawmakers, to their local officials.“Decades of financial mismanagement is not made right by the legalization of an activity that is designed explicitly to lull them (the gamblers) into a trancelike state that the industry refers to as ‘continuous gaming productivity,’ ” wrote Edgar Stoesz, of Akron, in an April letter to the editor.