RE “CASINO foes lack seasoned leaders’’ (Page A1, Sept. 2) and “Beacon Hill surrenders to casinos’’ (Op-ed, Sept. 3): As a teenager I am often being lectured by adults on morals and responsibilities. Governor Deval Patrick and the Legislature need to get their morals straight. They understand the downsides of casino gambling, and it is irresponsible for them as leaders to shamelessly promote casinos as good for the Commonwealth.
Instead of stopping the casino bill, government officials are being swayed by the short-term gains of increased revenues and jobs. As for the opponents of the casinos, it is too bad if they are getting “tired’’ of the fight. If protecting the Commonwealth from legalized gambling is worth fighting for, they should keep going. It is the responsibility of the few casino opponents to continue to debate the issue in the Legislature.
Gambling is an addiction. Compulsive gamblers fail to realize that, inevitably, they will lose more than they will win.
By promoting the casino bill, the Massachusetts Legislature is promoting an increase of debt and crime, a frivolous use of money, and many other destructive effects on society.
The writer is a junior at Southfield School.