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W.Va. Addicted to Gambling

April 6, 2013

It’s a little late to be worrying about the spilled milk, don’t you think? Perhaps we ought to focus on not spilling any more of i....

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bloomin

Apr-09-13 5:11 PM

I only heard of one case that a woman won a lawsuit against a casino. They told her that if she were a specific kind of member (stelth???), which meant spending a particular amount or above, she would get particular benefits, and she did not get those benefits, she got a lesser amount of player dollars or something. She sued the casino and won.

I would like to know what the difference is between this and crack, or this and prescription pain meds. It controls the mind and the gambler is obsessed with their next fix. It changes brain chemistry. It DOES take lives. I read that a nun embezzled over a million dollars from the catholic church. What does that say? The only difference I see is that the states are making money hand over foot at the expense of quality of life, if not total loss of life at times.

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Johnson2616

Apr-09-13 9:32 AM

When the legislature gave birth to table gaming they also saw fit to give themselves a hefty pay raise; should the source of this raise dry up, then the pay raises should be retracted.

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Ladydiamond

Apr-09-13 8:06 AM

bloom, that attorney should put his name out there for other interested parties to see. There are hundreds of thousands of WV citizens would have lost everything because of gambling. Some have even committed suicide and left children without a parent.

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bloomin

Apr-09-13 12:33 AM

Meant to say that we are dependant as a state, we are all not addicted, but we are all dependent on the revenue.

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bloomin

Apr-09-13 12:32 AM

I believe what Erica meant was that we are addicted. Fine line between addicted and dependant. She pointed out that the state is dependent on this. Too bad, find another way. It is destroying lives and there may be lawsuits coming. WV knows they dont pay the % and pay the fines instead. Well I know an attorney considering a case with a woman who lost her life savings after a brain injury. Just goes to show-those who gamble their pay away are not mentally right. This woman did not until a head injury and was almost 60. I believe it and if I were a juror, I know these people are the weakest of us all and the state would loose. I think there are others that feel the same way. Wait til the medical evidence is presented that the lobe that controls impulse is damaged. WV may have less than ever.

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legal6

Apr-08-13 6:12 PM

These editorials get worse by the day. Especially as the bills that you backed go down in flames. Why not do a story on how the Downs' table games would be making 20 times the money if every corner didn't have 5 slot robots on it? Or do a story on the hundreds of millions taken out of state by the Downs' owners already. Low estimates suggest half a billion in profits the past 20 years, but they can't handle a million in fees this year? Why not post management's pay structure compared to the 105 min wage tip jobs they're crying about?

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cigarbob

Apr-08-13 3:56 PM

People are addicted to gambling in West Virginia. If you type wv video lottery revenue,you will be directed to wv lottery website. this is where you can look up gaming parlors by county and city. It shows the name of the parlor money played ,won and revenue(money made after payouts).In wheeling alone over the past three months , these parlors combined average profit was 2,000,000 per month. The state gets about half of this in taxes. The list does not include Wheeling Island.This is peoples money that did not go to improve them or their familes lives.It was wasted or thrown away.

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cigarbob

Apr-08-13 3:36 PM

The state has been in thed gambling business for a long time. If the fee lowering bill would pass,the state would lose 4 million in guaranreed revenue.Wheeling Island says it will lose money if the fee is not reduced and not renew the license come July. If Wheeling Island loses the state loses. The bottom line is this, The bill does not pass Wheeliing island shuts down table games (they are going to anyway).The state loses their 2.5 million dollar fee instead of 4 million if the bill would of passed. I believe this is called simple math

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impact

Apr-08-13 11:05 AM

Mike has always had a flair for the dramatic. We're not "addicted" to gambling for heavens sake. But, like any stream of revenue, we're dependent on it. No one would say that we're "addicted" to coal, but we are very dependent of the revenue derived from coal severance taxes, as illustrated by the fiscal problems that resulted from the war winter of 2011-2012, and the competition from natural gas. Mike loves to get the moralists all wound up ny using the term addict, when discussing the evils of gambling.

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Ladydiamond

Apr-07-13 1:39 PM

CONT. home equity loans, mortgage loans, depleting their IRA’s, savings, college funds and anything else they can get their hands on to support this insidious addiction. Some have committed suicide, became homeless, had utilities shut off and can’t even afford to buy their food and medicine. And we have our WV government backing this. I personally can’t say that WV will win any awards for ethical conduct. How far will WV government go to save 105 jobs? End gambling in WV.

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Ladydiamond

Apr-07-13 1:39 PM

Too late to cry over spilled milk? I don’t think so. It’s never too late to do the right thing. It’s really redundant to ask if WV is addicted to gambling. If you take a look at the full parking lots at the Casinos and the coffee shops, you can see for yourself that the addiction is running rampant for hundreds of thousands of WV citizens. Not only is a huge amount of the profits from WV gambling establishments going out of state, never to return to WV but the amount of money left to be spent in WV is meager. You see no significant difference in Senior Citizen facilities or programs nor will you see any significant difference in our education/school facilities or programs. You would think by now we would have the best of everything and state of the art equipment for them. We’re not talking about a few thousand dollars here. We are talking about mega millions of dollars. Gambling addicts are also spending all their regular income and are maxing out credit cards, home equity loans, mort

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Triton

Apr-06-13 1:47 PM

I am fascinated by the birth of gambling in WV. It was on ballots time after time and voted down. We were told always that those darned bible thumpers in the coal fields voted it down. And they were stupid and just did not know how great gambling would be. So when it would not pass on the ballot (thats democracy I think) the state just announced that it was actually just an extension of the lottery bill and did not need to be on the ballot. Though voted down time afte time, the*****of gambling green forced politicians to just announce that we were having it. It was a windfall for a while, but then surrounding states did it too and now the revenues are dwindling. We are addicted to gambling and it was a foolish thing to do. And like drug addicts we are threatened with our supplier drying up. The birth of the gambling industry in WV is an amazing tale of corruption and influence. And the power of cash. There is a reason they keep telling us its all for seniors and students.

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dyingov

Apr-06-13 11:01 AM

WV coal industry pays about $300 million in taxes to the state....Addicted to gambling is an understatement! Funny thing about goberment, gambling is illegal unless the goberment does it!

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mikeyd

Apr-06-13 7:33 AM

our state idiotic government is following the federal idiotic government's lead.cry the blues and hope that someone else comes to save you.you politicians can't even work with a budget.pitiful bunch you all are.

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bloomin

Apr-06-13 1:00 AM

Do Not Approve. Time to cut spending not raise taxes. If they approve, they will never cut spending. Cut all necessary.

You cannot solve the worlds problems with the same thinking that created them. People are selling their food card to gamble, they are the desperate ones-and suckers. If the big shots cant do the right thing, how do you expect these poor idiots to control their impulses. Make and example Now

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