Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Mark Creech on the N.C. Lottery

The Rev. Mark H. Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, weighs in with a commentary on the North Carolina state lottery bill, which was passed by the house of representatives last week and now heads for the senate.

In it he writes: . . .

Rep. Alma Adams (D-Greensboro) said people could be addicted to many things, but she was going to vote for a lottery in support of education. How sad that Adams and others like her can so easily dismiss the plight of over 300,000 new pathological gamblers that the lottery will create in North Carolina. Moreover, it was truly sad that a large delegation of students from North Carolina's schools watched and listened from the gallery as Adams made the case for state-sponsored gambling -- a way of life which undermines the work ethic, sacrifice, and the kind of moral responsibility that sustains democratic life. Is that what we want to teach our kids?


At Wednesday, April 13, 2005 8:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the one point so often ignored in this issue is the fact that the pro-lottery folks can not prove a benefit to those who actually win these lotteries. I challenge any of them not only to prove a benefit to the programs they claim to be fighting for but for the individuals that when these multi-million dollar jackpots.

The majority of the people playing these things are not the type of people who have ever shown any fiscal responsibility in the past. When they win the big bucks they become fiscally and personally bankrupt. Their entire world collapses.

I've always had a curiosity about these so-called winners. All the reports I have seen show me that the majority of them come up losers. They realize relatives they never knew existed who only want a 'loan', they don't set aside money for taxes, they spend like they think it will never run out-- and it always does. Then they file for bankruptcy.

In addition, it's not hard to research the states with lotteries and conclude that the cost of the lotteries eventually outweighs the benefits. Aside from the moral issue, it's a losing proposition all around.

the Heckler


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