Casino would be good
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