Lansing casino a bad bet
I inherited a double gambling gene - half from my mother; half from m father. I have bet on horses, horseshoes, sports, marksmanship, elections, dice, and just about anything else with an uncertain outcome …
In fact, what kinds of odds will you give me on the Chippewa casino coming to Lansing? I would bet against it.
Again, I would never pass up a chance to play casino blackjack, or poker of any kind. Last weekend I spent seven hours in the card room at Turtle Creek playing no-limit Texas hold ‘em. One of my brothers joined me in the card room; another brother hit the craps table.
Yet, studies show that casinos exert a generally harmful influence on communities. I don’t have to tell you that compulsive gambling can be as destructive to families as drug addiction or alcoholism.
I see casino gambling as occasional entertainment, and believe I always will; I’ve learned some lessons from some fellow members of the gene pool who got in over their heads.
The pro-casino argument is that Lansing gamblers will gamble - in Mt. Pleasant, or Battle Creek, or Detroit. So why not give them that opportunity in their own town?
Call me a hypocrite, but as I see it, Michigan doesn’t need another casino. The closer the temptation, the greater the risk, and the more people who will succumb to it.