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Old 05-27-2007, 08:06 AM
 
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I don't think anyone should associate an increase in DWI or DUI with an increase in the ARRESTS for those same crimes---not likely to happen--we don't catch enough of them as it is...nor the increase in prostitution, theft, burgulary, drugs---casinos might not sponsor those activities, but they will come to be associated with people who come for casinos...

I have seen how the change to legalized gambling has hurt the towns of Shreveport and Bossier City in LA where we lived for several years before they changed the law... we have been back to vist/work and have friends there....Eventhough the casinos have to be on the water/river, they have still managed to blight a lot of the towns---killed most of the local restaurants that really were a feature...they are not the glam and glitter of Las Vegas--they are pretty sad and run down...but people who can't NOT gamble still go there---they pay min wage and work people part time so they don't get health ins/benefits most of the time--it is a poor-man's version of Dante's Inferno---Shreveport/Bossier had a struggling economy since the oil bust in the 80s--some people there have money and always had it-- but there is large quota of poor people there and in the surrounding areas in E. TX and Ark/Okla---and the casinos aren't helping make them wealthy...
I don't see how giving people access to something that is 98% or more of the time quaranteed to take their money and leave them less well off is going to help the economy .... it isn't ...
anyone who says the taxes will be helpful are wrong--the areas around the boats looks crappy and creepy--
They don't cater to tourists---they cater to anyone who has an itch to gamble--and there are plenty of locals--people move there when they have that addiction--as long as they can gather enough money to run the slots or whatever...
it is not a pretty sight...and I would not want to see SA which is a beautiful town or any TX city let this scourge into its midst...
The Indians in El Paso have not does as well as they thought w/their gambling nor have the one in E. TX---money seems to siphon off into someone's pockets instead of tribal projects--go to the Rez and look for yourself--see if they appear to be thriving enterprises or have people who look successful---they don't...so why would adding gambling to TX cities improve the lives of regular people when in smaller populations, it has not shown a marked improvement....

The only Native Americans who seem to be making this work for them are the ones in New York state that have hugh casino/resort complexes w/golf courses and other attractions and maybe the Seminoles in Fl who bought the Hard Rock in Tampa recently....but again I don't know that ALL tribal members see fair distribution of wealth gained by gambling...
This is like being a little bit pregnant or only having one case of the Plague--it doesn't stop there---casinos appeal to the worst in people, not the best...

while I have been to Vegas and have gambled there and enjoyed the shows, scenery, weather (love it in January)--I would just as soon make sure that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas....you know?
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Old 05-27-2007, 05:48 PM
 
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I just think they ought to find ONE specific city, say in a remote section of West Texas and that would be the ONLY place people could go to gamble. They could turn that particular area into a beautiful oasis for tourism...but let it be the only place. That would bring in the money, but keep that kind of crime contained in the one location.
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:54 AM
 
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I'm all for legalizing casino gambling, even though I don't gamble, but from what I heard last, it failed to pass. So Shreveport/Bossier City, LA and Winstar Casino in OK will continue to get all the income from Texans who want to gamble.
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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hi!..we are doing a project based on casinos in texas!..we need several information...are casinos legal in texas?...what are the major issues casinos can cause in that city??..are the citizens of texas in disagreement with the creation of casinos?..really we will appreciate youyr help very much!!
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