Casino would be good

The Sudbury Star - - OPINION -

I con­tinue to be amazed at how nar­row­minded and short­sighted some politi­cians can be and I won­der how the heck they ever get voted in.

All this talk about the casino tak­ing money away from the com­mu­nity is hog­wash. This par­tic­u­lar project will bring money into the city. All this talk about gam­bling ad­dic­tions: Don’t these coun­cil­lors know that those ad­dic­tions al­ready ex­ist? Well, they do. The Slots at Sud­bury Downs thrives and if you go there dur­ing the week, you will see that it’s full of se­niors.

The bingo, on Notre Dame Av­enue, has been there for years and there’s no doubt they are do­ing well, too. Just the other week, I was in a lo­cal gro­cery store and de­cided to buy a lot­tery ticket (the prize was $40 mil­lion) and there was this el­derly lady in front of me buy­ing scratch-and-win tick­ets. It sur­prised me that she ac­tu­ally spent $100 on them.

It just goes to show that if peo­ple want to gam­ble, they will, re­gard­less of whether there is a casino in town or not.

The politi­cians can’t con­trol peo­ple’s gam­bling habits any more than they can con­trol peo­ple’s drink­ing or smok­ing habits, but what they can do is en­sure that there are ap­pro­pri­ate clin­ics set up that can help peo­ple out of con­trol. That, to me, would be the more ap­pro­pri­ate role of the politi­cian rather than try­ing to en­force their be­liefs in a dic­ta­to­rial fash­ion. Eric Tat­ter­sall New Sud­bury

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