On our 5:30 newscast this evening, I read a nice little story about “Problem Gambling Awareness Week.” Something about Connecticut lawmakers targeting teenagers before they can gamble legally. Nice.
Except that earlier in the day, I read a story about a proposal in the legislature to create a big payoff lottery game to raise money to close the budget deficit.
And on the way to work, I heard a radio report that Massachusetts wants to get three slots parlors up and running for the same reason. It has the support of Gov. Deval Patrick.
What did we do before we legalized the lotteries and the casinos? And where would we be without the income from them?
It’s not my place to support gambling or rail against it. But it seems that every time we get into trouble in a bad economy, we turn to gambling revenue for a quick fix.
Just don’t tell the kids, OK?