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(17) Simcha, November 20, 2013 11:20 AM

Gambling only ruins places!!!

Rabbi Salomon is absolutely correct!!! I remember as a child growing up in the '60's and '70's. Our family went to Atlantic City every summer for vacation before gambling was legalized. Atlantic City in those days was great before gambling was legalized there. Now, it is just not the same anymore.

(16) Sientje Seinen, November 20, 2013 5:43 AM

gambling is a social ill.

Did not the Lord tell Adam "By the sweat of your brow shall ye earn your bread." So to go for easy money, isnt healthy beside the house always wins. You never see them go bankrupt, but you see families where the husband gambles away the money which is meant as food for the children's table. they are a blight on our landscape.

(15) David S. Levine, November 20, 2013 12:36 AM

No Net Addition

Rabbi Bleich is 100% correct about what gambling does to compulsive gamblers and legalizing it lowers a barrier to compulsive gambling. Further, to equate someone in business with a gambler is a false equation because business rises or falls on the skill of the owner, in gambling the odds are stacked in favor of the House. Economic studies have shown that at its best gambling is no net enhancement to the community--just look at Atlantic City and see the truth of that. As someone with a summer home in Sullivan County, NY where gambling is supposed to bring some kind of windfall I say that if a casino is located there it will bring no benefit whatever to the County or State.

(14) Anonymous, November 19, 2013 11:03 PM

Good gambling versus bad gambling

Personally, I do not like gambling. I find it boring, and you can never beat the house anyway. I rarely if ever go to a casino, and have never been to Vegas, I have zero interest in it. However, having said that, Rabbi Salamon perhaps forgets that one of the areas where gambling will be installed is the Catskills.
Over the last thirty years, the Catskills has been dying a slow death. Save the for the summer vacationers, for which the merchants in the Catskills probably wait for all year, just to make up the losses from the winter, the Catskills have become sad and depressing. All the wonderful hotels, Grossingers, The Nevele, Brown's and many others simply faded into the sunset. Thousands of jobs were lost as a result. Now there is a chance to rejuvenate the Catskills with gambling. Gambling is like anything else in this world. If one lets it get out of control, it controls the person. You can say that about eating, shopping, alcohol, even texting and computer use.
The compulsive gambler is going to remain one regardless of whether gambling comes to New York or not. There is on-line gambling, gambling in Connecticut and New Jersey, and let's not forget about Vegas. Someone who is sick with a gambling compulsion and does not receive the help he or she needs, will not gambling more because it exists in New York State.It simply is another place to go. If someone is addicted to something, they will go to all lengths to get it, no matter where it is.

(13) Zvika, November 19, 2013 7:57 PM

Generally agree, but

I don't like "gambling" for all the reasons stated. The only thing I'd mention is that betting (on horses, dogs, sports, lotto; even on the stock market) is possible and also problematic. Perhaps the compulsive ones will find a way to ruin their lives no matter what, so the opportunity for recreational gambling should be allowed. Bottom line though, IMO, it is not good.

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