A proposal to bring in casino gambling that promises jobs, along with a boom in prosperity during a recession, could come at a cost that we might not be willing to tolerate.
A casino might appear to be the answer to economic concerns, but will it bring social calamity as well? All of the benefits outlined in the announcement for the casino development in Hardeeville were promised to the residents of Atlantic City 35 years ago, and today, the city resembles a war zone. Families in that area heard the same rhetoric and will tell you there is no such thing as well-regulated or desirable gambling.
Prostitution, pornography and drug trafficking are just a few of the professions that follow casino gambling. Organized crime is rampant in Atlantic City, with the help of politicians who unquestionably have a special interest. Around the nation, in cities where there is legalized gambling, the results are the same. Corruption always finds its way to casino gambling.
This is our home, where we raise children and set examples that follow our religious heritage and our God-given values. We must urge our political representatives to prevent this element in our community. Though it might not be easy, we need to continue to find ways to bring real jobs by diversifying industries, so that families can call our area a safe respectable place to live and raise children.