An anti-gambling warrior digs in against NY casino expansion

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 11:52 p.m.

    There is only one truth in the response to these 'we hate gambling' stories. That truth is that there is a difference between the words 'lose' and 'loose'. And that we don't know it. If gambling is a regressive tax, may we someday spend the revenue on education.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 10:32 p.m.

    Gaming is the most regressive tax scheme in America. Liberals and conservatives alike, perhaps for different reasons, should avoid the temptation to profit from those least able to afford it. Facetiously calling it a sin tax dodges the question.

  • Clifton Palmer McLendon Gilmer, Texas
    Oct. 29, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    Whenever a locale legalizes gambling, organized crime follows.

  • Stevennorton Alton, IL
    Oct. 29, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    Mr. Blankenhorn states that " a large part of this betting would have to come from persons who can't afford to loose", but his real target here should by NY's State Lottery, that has multiple outlets in every NY community; and where the highest per capita spending tends to be in lower income neighborhoods. It reminds me of a reprehensible Illinois Lottery billboard that highlighted "Your Ticket Out". Out of what? The
    slums!! There are many commodities or activities, in the US today, that are harmful to our citizens; among them sodas, cigarettes, liquor, but free choice prevails, and we are legally allowed to partake. And casino gaming is a voluntary tax, at an exceptionally high level, that is providing a disproportionate level of state income. Let's let the voters decide, and provide the cash to the government, not the mob.

  • Stevennorton Alton, IL
    Oct. 29, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    I have no problem with Mr. Blankenhorn being opposed to casino gaming, but I do find fault with his pronouncement that the majority of the gaming win comes from compulsive gamblers. Compulsive personalities exist in individuals who become alcoholics, 3 pack a day smokers, shoppers; and a person with these tendencies often has multiple compulsions. Casino gaming generally appeal to higher income individuals, who usually have to travel to a gaming establishment to participate. It's OK to be against casino development, but oppose it with established facts, not inaccuracies that are intended to make your argument stronger.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Oct. 29, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    Gambling is a form of entertainment for those who are bad at math.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 11:59 p.m.

    Hey, they could always raise taxes and forgo gaming revenue. Seriously, though, that's not going to happen because in todays' political climate it's career suicide, and this is just an article in support of a religious opposition to gaming anyway.