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Letters to the editor: Unregulated casinos are bad for Wisconsin

6:45 PM, Sep. 6, 2013  |  Comments

The new guidelines of Gov. Walker has for approving an off-reservation casinos near Kenosha was commented on by State Sen. Mike Ellis was very ill-informed. Casinos are not like other business and cannot operate in a completely free market. These casinos must be regulated as to the size, scope and number of casinos. There are only seventeen states which allow full-scale non-Indian casinos. In Wisconsin we already have 24 on reservation casinos, we also have the state lottery and internet gaming. If the Menominee Tribe's Kenosha casino is approved it would open the door for three more casinos that are being proposed. Soon we would have a casino at every town and village.

Gambling can destroy a family because it can become an illness that takes all the households money. Casinos cause neighborhoods to die because it takes the place of local businesses. The casino jobs are usually not high paying jobs. These new guidelines for approval of casinos would spiral out of control. Tell Senator Mike Ellis 24 casinos in Wisconsin are enough.

Colleen S. Klemp

Winneconne

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