No matter how loud we holler, those of us who oppose gambling have still been unable to convince our elected officials that legalized gambling to help raise revenue is a really bad idea. Now some of them are clamoring to legalize internet gambling. That’s going to be disastrous for millions of people in this country. They won’t have to leave the comfort of their favorite easy chair to lose the millions (maybe billions) of dollars our leaders hope to collect in new revenue.
Once this floodgate is opened, there will be no turning back. As I have stated in other blog posts and during readings and lectures about my book, Confessions of a Slot Machine Queen: A Memoir, gambling is not a harmless activity. It already is having very devastating effects on millions of people.
A recent article in U.S. News & World Report by Daniel Bortz is yet another attempt to raise public awareness about the negative effects of gambling on people who have no idea that it can be deadly addictive. Fortunately, I found my way out of the labyrinth that is gambling addiction before it was too late. But what about the millions of people who will get caught up in and lose everything to gambling once it become just a keystroke away?
Sandra Adell, Author, CONFESSIONS OF A SLOT MACHINE QUEEN: A MEMOIR.