To The Daily Sun
Why casino gambling would be good for N.H:
Casino gambling/ gambling should be approved for New Hampshire. What kind of discussion states, "casino revenue is not the state budget windfall that many people think it is and most states do not stop at one or two casinos."
I have no idea what the revenue for the state of New Hampshire would be if casino gambling were legal. Over 30 states offer legalized gambling of some kind. If casino gambling is so bad, why did Maine, Ohio, Kansas and Maryland jump on the bandwagon?
The issue of the gaming industry gaining undue political influence is a "red herring." Let's pass right-to-work so the unions don't have so much political clout. Republicans tried but 33 Republicans sided with the union. That is political influence.
The estimated total revenue is about $650 million; critics asked where is it going to come from? It will come from meal tax, booze tax, room tax and other taxes. When we move from Florida, we wanted to bet on the big horse races, e.g., Kentucky Derby. We cannot do that legally in New Hampshire.
Who will go to the casinos? Tourists from Canada, Europe, and the United States will go to casinos. When we were in Ireland, we bet on the horses. When I go Foxboro to see a football game, we play Keno.
Money will not be shifted away from local restaurants, shops and theaters. Excellent examples of this are The Flying Monkey and Tupelo, people eat at these places, but the restaurants around these places are crowded. It is called competition.
The argument that our state will change from a family-friendly state to one that specializes in gambling is totally ridiculous. Tourists will not ski in New Hampshire because we have gambling; want to bet that they will? People from Massachusetts will give up their houses on Newfound Lake, because we have gambling? I do not think they will.
Casino gambling/gambling is the right choice for New Hampshire. If we do not pass it this year, let's get some new people with new ideas
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