Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: State’s sanctioning of gambling is deporable

Gambling has been unleashed. Apparently, there aren’t enough existing addictions. So, why not search for more ways to make life miserable for those who already struggle? We’re good at promoting and underfunding destructive behavior.

The tax revenue gained will be used to undo the damage, to pay for rehabilitation among the newly addicted. Maybe, legalizing landmines would make farming more interesting.

Two major networks spent the weekend running non-stop commercials. “Try gambling.” And, of course, kids never watch TV on weekends. What could go wrong?

Your neighbor’s next-door neighbor’s grandmother, uncle, niece, cousin, brother and aunt were encouraged by the fuzzy chance of winning, followed by dependence, debt and suicide. The house doesn’t lose. The household does.

At first, it was only Nevada, where they specialize in illicit acts. The obvious progression: Adopt other deviant “things” Nevada does, increasing employment among the female population. The dark consequences might be intended.

Athletes involved, the ones whose lives are threatened, were not consulted. It is, however, good for the personal protection industry, and the sale of ammunition. 

Yes, there are redeeming qualities. It’s inevitable, for example. Of course, automobile accidents are inevitable. Sure, other states do it. Recall your mother’s reply to that kind of logic.

Alec Lyall

Middlebury

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