Gambling's economic, social costs outweigh supposed gains

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  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 1:21 a.m.


    Sheldon Adelson, romney backer and Nevada Gambling magnate has done very well with the gaming business.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Sept. 11, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    How many people have been killed in the name of Religion over the decades compared to how many have been killed over Gambling? I think Gambling is safer. Too many religious types have an aversion to anything that might be seen as fun.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 10, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    Has gambling replaced porn as the rant of the week? And hey, in freedom loving utah if we can see negatives and therefore effectively ban gambling, how about a little gun control and banking regulation? If there are negative effects of not having health insurance shouldn't everyone be required to have health insurance? Do adults in our society have the ability and agency to make choices for themselves or not? How on earth do we worry about social costs of gambling on one hand when cigarettes are available everywhere? By the way, in spite of whatever efforts casinos in vegas have in place to disconnect gamblers from responsibility it is impossible for me to overlook the fact that those are real bills, my money, that I'm using for my entertainment and for that I am solely responsible. As for the tax money I take out of state, if they don't want it sorry about their luck. In the end, I suspect that the motivator to keep gambling out of the state has nothing to do with social costs anyway.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    Make sure that swing state Nevada hears what Romney's mandatory future position.

  • cns St George, Utah
    Sept. 10, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    Wyoming. Idaho, Nevada and Arizona support the DN editoral position 100-percent

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Sept. 10, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Gambling comes with significant downsides to the affected communities. Ignoring that is ignoring reality.

    Further, if my observations are correct (at gas stations and food stores in my area) gambling is mostly a tax on the poor.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Sept. 10, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    Liberal Larry:

    I know this editorial seems to be at odds with what you expect from an ultra right wing conservative newspaper editorial board but there is an explanation for it. . . .

    (Now I start talking really quiet)
    (Here is a little secret, don't tell anyone. The reason that the Deseret News editorial board is for controlling gambling is because . . . this is the secret part, . . . they are (I look both way to see if anyone is watching and then I whisper) . . . liberal. They don't look like other liberals, because they are liberal without being dogmatic. That means they are about combating poverty, respect for civil rights, human dignity, etc. but without really caring if is done by a government program or not. They care about the result and not the means. There used to be a lot of liberals like that before the depression. So this will be our little secret so don't tell anyone.)


  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Sept. 10, 2012 6:39 a.m.

    It's odd that every time the government intervenes to protect the public from predatory corporations, like payday lenders, or polluting mining operations, the conservatives cry foul. They moan about the "Nanny State", and whimper about "burdensome regulations", that are crippling free enterprise, but when it comes to controlling smoking, drinking, or gambling, there is no restrictive law that the editorial page of the DNews doesn't embrace. Isn't the idea that people need to be protected from themselves in DIRECT CONTRADICTION to conservative ideology?
    So which is it, do we want to let people make their own choices, or do we want the "Nanny State" to protect us from ourselves?

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Sept. 10, 2012 5:53 a.m.

    This is not really all that relevant. Most in Utah agree. A lottery has been discussed from time to time, but that isn't really casino gambling.