Hawaii lucky to be free from gambling

Hawaii lucky to be free from gambling

There are 84 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from May 9, 2008, titled Hawaii lucky to be free from gambling. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

A new study has concluded that gambling shares chemical reactions similar to cocaine in addiction by some people.

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Trenton, NJ

#1 May 9, 2008
Gambling already exists in Hawaii. It just isn't taxed now. Very naive editorial. I am neutral about it coming to Hawaii. It is something that the people should be able to vote on. I do believe that once Native Hawaiians get a nation within a nation and Senator Inouye retires, that legalized casinos will be in Hawaii.

North Little Rock, AR

#2 May 9, 2008
Much better that all those gamblers leave for Vegas and take their money to leave there than legalize it in Hawaii eh?

Anyone who thinks there is no gambling in Hawaii probably would buy a bridge from you.

Burbank, IL

#3 May 9, 2008
I am not a gambler, however,casinos would bring in money for schools and fix the darn roads and bring in more jobs.U silly people that oppose it..but i guess our hands are tied as long as vegas says no to our politicians...this state is going down the tubes and turning into a "3rd world country"

Converse, TX

#4 May 9, 2008
Bunch of propoganda crap by the local puritans incl. this newspaper to dissuade any notion of implenting any legalized gambling activity in Hawaii by printing another absurb claim about the possible claim of what causes addictive gambling. Yet, 48 states have legalized gambling while Hawaii continues to tax its citizens to death because of lower revenues. Give me a break. Let's put the gambling proposition on the ballot and let the people decide.

San Francisco, CA

#5 May 9, 2008
Gambling, legal or not, is a fact of life and generates money. CA was "smart" enough to at least allow the CA state and Mega Millions lottery plus some legalized card playing casinos and at least give some of it to our hard pressed public schools (every cent counts).

Yes, you are going to have "social" problems associated with gambling. But measure what you may gain by what you lose.

Start out small with a state lottery and see what the fallout is, costs, etc. The number of Hawaii residents flying to Las Vegas is a clue.

As was posted before, once the Hawaiian nation gets something like the mainland Native American tribes, casinos will eventually appear for revenue.

At least the money stays in Hawaii and you give the "turistas" another chance to leave mo' money in Hawaii. And outside hotel and casino operators to pour mo' money into Hawaii.
T Kauhuia

San Diego, CA

#6 May 9, 2008
I guess tommorrow the next, "Our Opinion" editorial will feature how lucky we are that Marijuana is not legalized in Hawaii. Ha!
loco moco

Richmond, VA

#7 May 9, 2008
I have no problem with social gambling among friends in private homes. Someone wants to put a few bucks on a game of hanafuda, fine with me.

As far as organized gambling, I totally agree that instead of paying our money to the Vegas syndicates, we should definitely keep it here and pay it to the Hawaii syndicate instead. NOT!!

Gambling addiction is real, folks, and it hits the people who can afford it the least. If they have to go all the way to Vegas to feed their jones, it will be better for them in the long run.

How much of an ICE problem would we have, if people had to go to Vegas to get it?
Tip and Ring

Hilo, HI

#8 May 9, 2008
Excellent editorial!!!

Montréal, Canada

#9 May 9, 2008
Tip and Ring wrote:
Excellent editorial!!!
Excellent editorial??? Are you crazy? I BET you are - 7 to 5 odds.
Cat Manapua

Saint George, UT

#10 May 9, 2008
Yeah, we sure are lucky not to have those millions in revenue for schools, infrastructure, economic development. After all, up to 2-3% of our residents might have a problem with gambling! Wait...you mean they already gamble? You mean we could have gambling for visitors only? You mean we could limit it to cruise passengers or maybe just a lottery?

hey, maybe we're not lucky at all. Maybe we're just stoopid.
Robbie the Robot

San Antonio, TX

#11 May 9, 2008
Trying to save people from themselves has never worked and it isn't working here. There's tons of gambling going on. A lot of people who voted against "legalized gambling" are making money off illegal gambling. And the leading destination for Hawaii residents...Las Vegas.
We're not going to stop gambling, all's where doing is being to dumb to tax it.

Las Vegas, NV

#12 May 9, 2008
Isn't it funny - you can't gamble in Hawaii - against the law -(oops - you are NOT SUPPOSED to gamble in Hawaii) and who doesn't know this is happening?
THEN HOW COME CALIFORNIA HOTEL AND CASINO can advertise at our stadium and the UH games, etc?????
Are they being nice and sharing the megabucks they get from the Hawaii people when they come here to gamble?
Who's pockets are getting lined?
How many flights does Hawaiian have coming here, along with Vacation Hawaii, and all other airlines, that are bringing so much money here? I KNOW that money does not go back to Hawaii with the passengers.

Oklahoma City, OK

#13 May 9, 2008
Wakeup Hawaii, read the "The Rise and Fall of The Roman Empire" we just about there.
Liberty is UN-American

Honolulu, HI

#14 May 9, 2008
Liberty is for Liberals.

Liberties of all sorts infringe upon us dudes that really run the show. They have to be outlawed. If we can con the folks into believing we are really interested in doing fair or goody-goody all the better. Letting grownups be grownups is too obvious to support.

People don't need encouragement- they'll just go vegas, online or private with the gaming. Who cares if we don't tax it? So what if our infrastructure is falling apart? Tough! Plus we gotta listen to the big boys in vegas, under the guise of doing good or playing God.

San Diego, CA

#15 May 9, 2008
I am in favor of a state lottery to support education. My kids had to buy their own books at public school. My daughter is a math teacher in Honolulu who makes less than the city bus driver. It is not getting any better.

Montréal, Canada

#16 May 9, 2008
oldtimer wrote:
Wakeup Hawaii, read the "The Rise and Fall of The Roman Empire" we just about there.
Lookie here boomer-sooner. The rise and fall of the Hawaiian monarchy is a better tombe.

Kapaa, HI

#17 May 9, 2008

Not lucky, the Inouye/Abercrombie campaigns have been paid off by Vegas for years to bring our gambling cash to them.

Honolulu, HI

#18 May 9, 2008
how about chicken/dog fighting? Is that not gambling? Ludicrous editorial!

Pearl City, HI

#19 May 9, 2008
Gambling should be legal, however it should not be taxed by the government. "Revenues" from gambling/gaming makes politicians addicted to the money and corrupt. It is the worst form of addiction as it puts the populice at the mercy of the casino owners et al. What do we do about all that money that won't be taxed? Oh my G-d!!!! What a concept. Maybe the free market can get a chance to work here. If it helps to make all the good law abiding citizens who think that there "ought to be a law and a tax" for everything under the sun, we could agree that all profits remain in the Hawaii economy. Most of all, that any gaming business CANNOT make campaign contributions.

Kaneohe, HI

#20 May 9, 2008
I don't have any opinions eitherway except we should place this issue on the ballot.
Let the people decide.

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