Letters to the Editor

Casino message

January 4, 2012


In these troubled economic times, using casinos to generate state revenue makes about as much sense as making a cash deposit during a bank robbery (“Casino crowd,” Journal-World, Dec 28). Granted, there may be some short-term profits (the same arguments made when the lottery was established), but this form of economic redistribution only serves to further the divide between the haves and the have-nots, and does nothing to re-establish the agro-industrial-intellectual base of the state.

At a deeper level, what does state-sponsored gambling say about us as Kansans? Even with hard work and persistent effort, has the American dream become so remote and incredulous that citizens must now rely upon luck and good fortune to realize their hopes? Should the state be an accessory in pandering to these simple-minded scams? Don’t want to sound too apocalyptic, but if the state is indeed the soul writ large, then we Kansans continue to walk confidently down the yellow-brick road toward, if not perdition, than at least greater poverty.


cato_the_elder 6 years, 4 months ago

State-sponsored lotteries are nothing but an indirect tax on people of modest means, and are a sad commentary on present-day life in America.

There's a modicum of difference with casinos, as people of more substantial means will foolishly lose their money there too, but that doesn't make it right.

As one who believes strongly in keeping income taxes under control, I would still gladly pay more in state income taxes to remove the scourge of state-sponsored gambling from our state.

progressive_thinker 6 years, 4 months ago

State sponsored gambling is a tax on people who don't understand statistics.

mloburgio 6 years, 4 months ago

if you don't like them stay home and mind your own buisness.

progressive_thinker 6 years, 4 months ago

I understand the allure of a "voluntary" revenue stream for the state, however, there is an abundance of evidence that casinos are actually a net drain on the communities in which they are located. When people are gambling, they are sending their money out of state rather than spending it locally, where it can create jobs and be taxed. An interesting study on how casinos drain the local economy was done in Iowa.


The bottom line is that we cannot gamble our way to prosperity

Paul R Getto 6 years, 4 months ago

+1. I believe the research indicates any legislature's addiction to gambling revenue (instead of modest tax increases on all) is a wash in the end. There are sometimes short-term gains, but at the end, with the wrecked families and broken people, there is little or no benefit to society at large. It looks good in the beginning and there are some jobs involved. Overall, not good public policy. Variable ratio reinforcement schedules are some of the most powerful shapers of human and animal behavior, as B.F. Skinner discovered. http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/aspa/unpan005993.pdf http://stoppredatorygambling.org/category/research-center/soaking-the-taxpayers/

Mike Ford 6 years, 4 months ago

if simple minded people who are mostly anti tax republicans aren't willing to support good infrastructure and schools with taxes then they are tricked liked four year olds to gamble where through the lottery where their tax money goes back to the sources to give out revenue support that would've happened if they'd paid taxes in the first place. Don't want casinos.... pay more taxes and states won't have to fool you with casinos and lotteries.

bd 6 years, 4 months ago

Most simple minded people are Democrates that do not own their own home , ., so they do not pay property taxes that support the schools and normally rely on the goverment for support !

funkdog1 6 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, wrong. LOTS of home-owning Democrats here in Lawrence. Us included.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 4 months ago

If they rent a room, apartment or home, they pay property tax.

Brian Laird 6 years, 4 months ago

Why do you compare simple minded people to an ancient Pythagorean philosopher? I don't know if Democrates owned a home or not. Not much is known about him.

Abdu Omar 6 years, 4 months ago

Even a person who rents a home, is paying taxes indirectly. The owner or landlord isn't going to lose money, so they pass on the taxes in the form of higher rent. And I know a lot of Democrats that are certainly not simple minded. They haven't made a foolish pledge to anyone to not raise taxes. They use their own minds, not like those who follow a self serving lobbyist for a special interst group.

Sunny Parker 6 years, 4 months ago

and most democrats in kansas don't have viable jobs and therefore don't purchase new vehicles, therefore aren't paying the same taxes as you just math. Dems forget who pays the most taxes.

Mike Ford 6 years, 4 months ago

sunny I've paid taxes since 1990. My father paid self employed taxes as a minister for 40 years so and we're both lifetime Democrats. It's nice to know that some smart citizens? of Kansas can spell Democrat and make dumb uneducated comments like the resident genuis sunny does. You sound as smart as the crazyeyes bachmann who just was given the pink slip by the churchlicans of Iowa. Maybe Sunny, Math, and Michelle Bachmann, can combine their intellect as three and have the intelligence of one person. Some of these commenters speak so uninformed I almost feel sorry for them. Naw....I do...

Kawatchi 6 years, 4 months ago

Like the "smart citizens" who misspell the word "genius" in both of their posts making comments about the intelligence of others? I'll bet you grow some beautiful plants in that glass house.

Mike Ford 6 years, 4 months ago

better yet the annoited three can blame Ronald Reagan for passing the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988. Yes, a Republican who probably wouldn't pass muster with the crazies of today signed off on Indian Gaming. Yes a Republican did this. I wonder if any of our resident genuises knew this....naw.....don't know much about history....don't no much biology....just a bunch of smart????? kansans.

paavopetie 6 years, 4 months ago

I may be out of touch with most of the casino-going crowd, but I'd like to think that most people go to a casino and gamble as a form of entertainment. Now, there are games of skill such as blackjack and poker, where people actually do make enough money playing the house and "amateurs".

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