LETTER: Casinos still bad bet

The article on casino gambling in Sunday's newspaper has statements like "back on the ballot," "previous proposals have been shot do
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

The article on casino gambling in Sunday's newspaper has statements like "back on the ballot," "previous proposals have been shot down" and "most recently in 2006". What part of "NO" don't the backers understand? They are like a child who asked to do something dangerous, and when they are told no, they return again and again to the parents with new arguments to strengthen their case. "All the other kids are doing it." "It can't be wrong if they are doing it." "I really want to do it."

But, like a responsible parent, we must again say NO. Issue 6 would create a gambling casino in southwest Ohio, but it would also create new temptations to spend money for people who can least afford it, especially at this time of financial hardship. Mr. Pressman and Mr. Lertzman have painted a rosy picture: 5,000 new jobs, salaries of $34,000, thousands of construction jobs and increased tax revenues. But just like any advertisement, they tell you what you want to hear. They mention nothing about the backers and owners share of the profits, the sleazy characters who usually frequent casinos, nor that in gambling, you never win. The house does.

And once a crook gets his foot inside the door, do you think that will satisfy him? At the end of the article these gentlemen say that if their Issue 6 passes, other casinos would likely be built later in Ohio. As our inner cities become more and more blighted, this will also happen to our state, as more of people's money goes into casino pockets. Vote NO on Issue 6.

Mary Singler

Sandusky