Archive for Wednesday, March 7, 2001

Letters

March 7, 2001

Learning the trade

To the editor:

Miami-Dade County has finished counting under votes. This was done by journalists from various news agencies. Bush still won. Now we have Al Gore teaching journalism, readying his troops to count ballots should he choose to run again. Don't you just love it?

And a word to the Democrats: if you don't want your taxes cut, or a tax refund, I'll take it.

Dave Taylor, Tonganoxie.

Thoughts about gambling

To the editor:

There is an interesting article in the March 2001 issue of Reader's Digest. I encourage the Tonganoxie residents to read it in light of the recent City Council meeting where gambling interests are testing the water in hopes of bringing a casino to our area.

The article (pg. 156-162) is entitled "What the Gambling Industry Won't Tell You" subtitled, "You're not just losing, you're being taken." The article mentions many of the social problems associated with the gambling industry.

In doing a little research on the Internet about gambling, I ran across these statistics: Nevada ranks first in the nation in suicide, divorce, high school dropouts, homicide against women and gambling addictions. In Atlantic City, since bringing in gambling a large percentage of businesses have gone broke at the same time pawn shops proliferate.

The National Gambling Impact Study Commission reported, "A new Louisiana State University study shows that Louisiana youngsters in juvenile detention are roughly four times as likely to have a serious gambling problem as their peers. Two-thirds of the hard-core gamblers in detention admitted stealing specifically to finance their gambling."

In an article on Indian casinos I read, "Because tribes are sovereign nations, they pay no federal or state taxes. When a tribe gets into the gambling business, neighboring communities are usually left to foot the bill for the increased crime, traffic and other headaches that accompany casinos. Indian casinos in general also face much less stringent regulation."

I also have some personal reasons to oppose any type of gambling in Tonganoxie.

There would be outsiders coming in who are addicted to gambling to the detriment of their families. Many people in the community itself will be affected in a negative way as they use their money for gambling instead of spending their money on other things.

This is my home. I love the family-oriented town we have here. I don't want it to change. The bottom line isn't money. The bottom line is being a safe community where our children can see core social values being lived out day by day, not sold out for a quick buck.

Kathie Clarke, Tonganoxie.

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