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June 27, 2013

Being unemployed has some advantages. A lot of free time to do whatever. A sense of total freedom. Almost, I suppose like being retired....

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Jun-27-13 6:10 AM

Now what was the original justification for legalizing these casinos? How were they going to be a benefit to society? Did they allow people to exploit their personal liberties and not negatively impact others?

Thank you to the author of the LTE for taking time to expose these casinos for what they are.

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Jun-27-13 6:28 AM

Very heart felt letter. Thank you for sharing your personal experience in hopes that it will help others. I have been to that same casino several times and I am fortunate that my father taught me early in life the lessons on restraint.

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Jun-27-13 6:40 AM

I've gone to Atlantic City and when I go there, via bus trips usually, the only money I spend in the casino is the Voucher money. If I win some money above what I had originally that's great, but if I hit 0, it's really not that big of a deal, I enjoy the 'thrill of it' for that very short period, but as tempting as it is to keep trying, telling yourself "What if I hit it big", I walk away, it's too easy to get lost in a casino, lost in the thrill, and end up with nothing.

The author is absolutely right and yes, there is nothing good about the Casino's they're a Mega Billion Dollar Industry designed soley to profit off the money and naivity of common people.

I can't ultimately fault them for it necessarily, people should learn restraint, but at the same time, Casino's are very aware of the lack of it. They take advantage of it. It's basically a double-edged sword.

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Jun-27-13 7:22 AM

Casinos are fine for those who are able to set a limit and remain within the same. Some people do win or may win a small amount a few times. We always set our limit. We always put 1/2 away if we are lucky too offset the money used in the casino and for the trip. I don't like Mohegan Sun. Atlantic City and Las Vegas offer far more than gambling.

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Jun-27-13 7:39 AM

Gambling can, like other behaviors, become addictive. I know people who are woking double shifts at work because they are buying hundreds of dollars worth of scratch off tickets. They will buy the full packs or rolls of them because they think there is a big payout.

But it is all perfectly legal and who makes money of this, those who own the casinos not the ones who play in them.

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Jun-27-13 7:48 AM

Spot on Mr. Reeder and it has destroyed a lot of lives like other addictions.

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Jun-27-13 7:52 AM

Thank you for the letter. If it's story can help one person it is well worth it. Casinos and the Lottery are money makers designed to fool the players into thinking they have a chance to hit it big. The infrastructure and advertising of the Lottery should tell you it is a huge money maker. The glitz of the Casino should tell you they are making money. And all of that is ok, but many forget that if it seems too easy or good to be true, it probably is. It would be interesting to know how much tax revenue is paid by the casinos and their employees. And then compare that to how much is lost by those who cannot afford it.

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Jun-27-13 7:55 AM

I play the lottery every week. $11 per week. I've been told by some that doing so is a sin. And I agree that it COULD be a sin if I were addicted or was doing so in an attempt to get rich.

But I have no illusions of 'hitting the lottery'. I don't buy extra tickets if the 'jackpot' is up. I play every week knowing that the money I lose is going to help the elderly in rent/property tax rebates and to help with prescription costs. And there is a little entertainment factor there.

I look at casinos the same way. Haven't been to one in years, but when I did go it was just for the entertainment factor. If you have a problem with gambling, you shouldn't go.

Not really much different with alcohol. There is nothing wrong with have a beer with your pizza or wine with dinner. There's no harm in that. If you are going out drinking every night just for the sake of getting intoxicated, there is a problem.

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Jun-27-13 8:07 AM

My dad taught me long ago that when you gamble you should always set an amount you want to spend that you can afford and put that money in your left pocket. Then place all your winnings in your right pocket and don't touch it. When the left pockets is empty, it's time to walk away.

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Jun-27-13 8:19 AM

The problem Mike is that people do not know when they have crossed into addiction. Only the people around them can see it.

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Jun-27-13 8:26 AM

Addiction is a compulsive behavior you no longer have control of. It can be alcohol, drugs, gambling, eating, sex, even surfing the Internet or using hand held devices.

It is easy to recognize in others but not in yourself.

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Jun-27-13 8:33 AM

True, Chuck. I guess my point is that something, IE gambling, shouldn't be labeled a bad thing just because some people have an addiction to it.

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Jun-27-13 8:51 AM

Yes it is okay in moderation like anything else. When you can no longer moderate it it becomes a problem and to be honest places like casinos are not known for moderation.

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Jun-27-13 11:13 AM

Gambling is for people that don’t understand mathematical probability. If they want to waste their money gambling, they should have a right to.

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Jun-27-13 11:19 AM

The letter is not about a right to waste your money it is about destroying your life through addiction.

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Jun-27-13 11:58 AM

The letter described how to control one’s desire to gamble; addiction goes well beyond what the letter is about.

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Jun-27-13 12:46 PM

When you can not control it it becomes addiction.

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Jun-27-13 12:49 PM

Letter writer notice people out of control. If you can not control it you have a problem.

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Jun-27-13 5:19 PM

Years ago I was working on a drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana. The rig crew was mostly from Mississippi and MS had just started truck stop video gambling. One of the nigh tower roughnecks was complaining that his wife had started gambling at a video poker machine the day before and lost her whole pay check. She couldn't go home without her paycheck so she started putting her gambling on a credit card to "win" her money back. She stopped after maxing out the credit card and she then told him about it. He tuned her up over the phone from the rig. Next night, this guy was gone from the crew. He had called home to check on her and she had moved out and gone home to Momma. He had to quit his job offshore and go home to save his fortune, his marriage and his family. Yea, you can keep your Casinos. There is too much at stake and you are playing at another man's game. He'll win 99 times out of a hundred.

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