From a reader:
The National Gambling Impact Study admitted it could not say gambling – especially casino gambling – led to increased crime, bankruptcy, domestic abuse, suicide, and divorce. The report stated numerous times, the need for more studies before a proper conclusion could be drawn.
As a longtime Las Vegas resident, I don’t believe it does. Do people move to this town, burn through their money and bottom out? Yes they do, just like people all over the country do, for all kinds of reasons. Only now, we’re talking about gambling. And, gambling’s naughty. So all the other naughty things in the world are going to show up and hang out with gambling. Because, he’s cool. A little dangerous, but cool. Only once his gang is here, they’ll bugger your bank account and things much worse. Believe me, they’re wrong. I’ve had a lot of time to think about it, sitting here in a debtors’ prison cell down in the bowels of the Bellagio.
As for the e-mailer, always place a wary eye on someone who claims to “love” a person they don’t know. Respect? Yeah, that’s fine. But, love? Unrequited love? That’s better left to the stalkers.