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Letter: New casinos will promote greed

There are more than 4,000 video lottery terminals

There are more than 4,000 video lottery terminals spread out across the two floors of the Resort World Casino in Jamaica, Queens. (July 27, 2012) Credit: Nancy Borowick

The story "Pro-gambling forces wagered $3.85M on vote" [News, Dec. 3] refers to Proposition 1 on our last Election Day ballot, which was to amend the state constitution to allow seven new Las Vegas-style gambling casinos in New York. That campaign was deceptive, with mailings attempting to make voters believe that the proposition was mostly about jobs and school aid, rather than casinos.

The ballot question was Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to open large-scale gambling in New York, which in my opinion inflicts grave harm on our people. To some degree, gambling will take place without the encouragement of casinos, but why promote it so that the harm inherent in gambling will be significantly magnified?

The claimed benefits from organized gambling are more jobs and taxes to benefit social programs. Where does the money come from? It comes from losses sustained by those who visit the casinos, minus the huge costs of building and operating them and the profits to the owners. Individuals' losses will, of necessity, have to be high enough to cover those costs, and they will be borne by those of our citizens who are encouraged to spend their money on organized gambling, leaving them with that much less to spend on sensible things.

What's even worse than depleting the resources of our citizens is promoting greed as a mindset and way of life. That will not be beneficial to us and will reduce our quality of life.

Robert Wilson, West Islip