Would You Vote For Gambling?

It seems to me that gambling and the laws concerning the activity are becoming more and more visible these days.  Whether you look at online newspapers, local newspapers, or the TV news, the chances are that you will see news items pertaining to gambling and whether or not it should be legalized in certain areas.  What many of us may not know is how the decisions are made.

I was doing my daily news browsing online when I ran across an opinion article written by Sharon Grigsby from Dallas. Her main point was this:  that people should be allowed to vote on gambling measures or countermeasures.  She wrote that she has learned, over time, that some of the “horror stories” about gambling are nothing but myths.  She also stated that because of these things, the people should be allowed a degree of control over whether or not gambling will be allowed where they reside.

I think that these are very sensible statements.  After all, it is the people of the community who will be affected by the decisions.  Whether or not casinos are erected in any area, it will be the residents who will benefit or suffer.  It is them who will be living the daily life of dealing with the presence or absence of casinos.  When it comes to the financial aspect, it is their tax dollars that are spent – whether or not casinos are built in their areas.

Day in and day out, we hear legislators and lobbyists saying their pieces about the gambling issue.  Perhaps it is time for the common person to have his say – through voting.  What do you think?  Would you vote for a casino in your area?

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