Gambling in Walker County

Pastors Voice Uninformed Opinion About Gambling in Walker County

Expanded gambling is simply becoming a way of life in America. No matter what groups opposed to gambling do, they cannot stop the momentum that legalized gambling has in the United States.

Yet, opposition groups continue to hold their protests and voice their opinions on the subject of gambling. Their opinions are old fashioned, and much of the time, uninformed.

Such is the case in Walker County. The Walker County Commission was in session this morning. While there, they were greeted by over a dozen pastors and representatives of religious organizations.

The group spoke to the Commission about the electronic bingo halls that have been popping up in the county over the past year. They spoke of how they were concerned that the bingo halls would bring neglect, child abuse, and increased domestic violence to the county.

They also claimed that gambling would hurt industrial recruitment. The fact that they argued that gambling would increase child abuse and neglect, shows that the group has a lack of knowledge on the subject.

When one group says something, then people who cannot form their own opinions latch on to the idea. The idea in this case has to do with gambling causing child abuse and neglect. That is an unsubstantiated opinion.

There is no connection to gambling causing child abuse and neglect any more than alcohol or drugs do. Neglect is a choice made by parents. It can be caused by a variant of factors, not only gambling.

Pastors are usually quick to point out the negative affects of any movement that does not benefit themselves. Another thing that causes neglect in a family, is when children are being abused within their religious environment.

That is something that occurs much more frequently than abuse from gambling. Yet, uninformed groups do not line up at the Commission’s door to keep churches and religious places of worship out of their towns.

The gambling issue is just another example of how religious groups get involved with a cause, for nothing more than free press for their organizations. Had the voice this morning been from a more knowledgeable source, the Commission might have listened a little more intently to the complaint.

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Oregon Begins Television Ad Blitz To Promote Gambling

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The state of Oregon does not consider what they are doing potentially harmful to gamblers. The state is defending a new advertising blitz that is promoting gambling in Oregon.

A new ad campaign called “A Knight of Fun” has been put together by the Oregon Lottery and the campaign has one purpose, to get people up off the couches and out into gambling facilities. The campaign begins this week.

While the state is excited about the campaign, others have come out against the new ads. “What they are doing is pushing people towards problem gambling. They make gambling look fun in the ads and they do not show the negative effects the behavior could lead to,” said Mario Plymouth, a recovering problem gambler.

Anytime gambling is promoted at a state level there are groups that come out against the ads. That does not mean, however, that the state believes they are doing anything unethical.

“What we’re hoping to do, is to attract a new player. Someone who may have avoided the smoky bars that are now smoke-free, and get them to play,” said Chuck Baumann of the Oregon Lottery.

The sagging economy has led to a bit of desperation from various casinos and states. They have tried to come up with innovative ways to promote their gambling experience, but Oregon believes that old fashioned advertising could do the trick.

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Falls Again In November

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Atlantic City casinos were supposed to be undergoing a re-birth this year. Several casinos were in the proce4ss of being renovated, while others were knocked down in the hopes of building bigger and better facilities.

Reality has not turned out to be in line with the expectations for 2008. The economy has driven a stake through the expansion plans, and the existing casinos are struggling mightily.

November revenue figures have been released and Atlantic City casinos have once again seen their revenue figures decline. They are down over seven percent from the same month a year ago.

The casinos won $345.5 million in November this year. Their slot revenue took a dive, down over twelve percent. The $228.4 million was due largely to the economy and expansion of casinos in neighboring states.

Nine of the eleven casinos in Atlantic City saw decreases in their figures. Of the two that had increase, however, there was optimism surrounding the future of casino gaming in the state of New Jersey.

“We have some level of optimism from our hotel occupancy numbers,’ said Senior Vice President and General Manager of Caesars Atlantic City. The casino was one of the two who had increases in their revenue numbers. Their figures were up almost nine percent over last year.