Hawaii lucky to be free from gambling

A new study has concluded that gambling shares chemical reactions similar to cocaine in addiction by some people. Full Story
give me a break

Honolulu, HI

#21 May 9, 2008
check the Cal Club in LV sometime...who keeps them in business...
manini

Honolulu, HI

#22 May 9, 2008
We don't really know what the benefits would be so any statement contrary to that fact is only wishful thinking at best and certainly misinformation to support the Star-Bulletins opposition to gambling.
What the Star-Bulletin editorial board is overlooking is that gambling is already commonplace in Hawaii. One can bet on just about anything one cares to bet on.
And the Star-Bulletin continues to overlook the amount of money that Hawaii exports to Nevada and other destinations each year. If the Star-Bulletin objections to gambling run so deeply then perhaps you should ask the legislature to ban all direct flights from Honolulu to Vegas. Kind of a modified Jones Act if you will.
And finally, how many Star-Bulletin employees make a trip to Vegas now and then. I bet the numbers would make the S-B look like a bunch of hypocrits.
Gamble

Princeville, HI

#23 May 9, 2008
We deserve to have gambling wheather its on a ship or on land. Then no one has to go to VEGAS!
Jerry Okamura

Kapolei, HI

#25 May 9, 2008
A couple of years ago, as we were leaving Las Vegas, I thought, where else in the world do they tear down perfectly good hotels, that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build, to replace it with hotels, costing a whole lot more? I thought, how many jobs were created, when they did that?

Since: Sep 07

Makakilo

#26 May 9, 2008
The SB has its head in the sand. Gambling and "game rooms" exist all over in town. For years there have been 3-4 illegal vegas type parlors in just the Keeaumoku/Ala Moana area alone! That isn't counting the dozens of fruit machine and video poker game rooms, organized sports betting, mah jong and cockfights. I have seen HPD shut them down over and over, and seize machines, craps tables, roulette wheels! The owners just open up in another location a week later! Want to know where they are? Just drive around late at night and look for the busy parking lots, doors with peep holes and cameras, and the frequent sight of a large polynesian male sitting on a chair in the parking lot!

It is high time we allow legalized gambling of some form, such as a lottery. Keep some of the money we spend in Vegas here, and fund education with it.
Older Cal Visitor

Honolulu, HI

#27 May 9, 2008
I noticed since the jet fuel increased, the 4 and 5-night package prices have jumped by about $200-300/. If this increase continues, the overall number of Cal visitors might decline which may eventually decrease the revenues for the Boyd Group. Boyd might want to develop alternative marketing strategies to keep the Hawaii visitors coming e.g. issuing a players/credit card that earns free trips to any of Boyd Casinos in Vegas.

“in all things be pono, aloha”

Since: Aug 07

moloka'I, hawaii

#28 May 9, 2008
i guess if we allowed gambling here, then las vegas would lose alot of our money. if gambling is not allowed, then alcohol should also be banned as that affects alot more people becoming addicted. and prohibition does not work but it created alot of underground businesses. bottomline is, whatever the masses desire, some people will make money on and risk imprisonmnet.
Aiea

Honolulu, HI

#29 May 9, 2008
That's the most dumb ass editorial I've read in a long, long time. Enough said. Yo guys crack me up.
Pat

Kaneohe, HI

#30 May 9, 2008
There seems to be enough addictions in this state without adding gambling.
Newtowner

Honolulu, HI

#31 May 9, 2008
It appears from the responses so far that the 2001 survey may have been overcome by events. Gambling appears to be a way to address some of the ills that never get adequately funded, traffic abatement, potholes, sewers, education, excise tax on food and medicine.
Maybe it is time to take a serious look at some form of legalized gambling. Can 48 of 50 states all be wrong.
konapaddler

Kailua Kona, HI

#32 May 9, 2008
Let Hawaiians run gambling on Kahoolawae and run the super ferry over there-
Stan

Makawao, HI

#33 May 9, 2008
I am agaist Legalized Gambling.... it will put all the Illegal Gambling out of business and cause a great hardship to the state of Hawaii.
Vegas Guy

Northbrook, IL

#34 May 9, 2008
Pat wrote:
There seems to be enough addictions in this state without adding gambling.
Gambling is already common in Hawaii just isn't legal at this time. I am not saying it is good or bad just that it is all around especially sports betting.
ARemn

Aiea, HI

#35 May 9, 2008
Casinos cause a great deal of social hardship along with bankruptcy. Look at the quality of life or social welfare indicators for Nevada-last in the Union. Drive around Atlantic City. It isn't a pretty picture.

Revenue generated by having a casino is money that is not spent on other things, and most likely necessities such as on children's education, or health care. Also, we don't need the amount of development or an onslaught of tourists that a casino would bring-ever heard of ecotourism and casinos in the same sentence?
Brown man

Silver Spring, MD

#36 May 9, 2008
This is stupid, we gamble like crazy just that the state is too stupid to make it legal so they can make some money from it.
Marco

United States

#37 May 9, 2008
As always! The Chivarly American minds! "Its wrong morally and we should ban it!"

I think a philosphy class should be the graduate requirement for all 4 year degrees, because they Obviously think its okay to ignore human nature.

Look, if gambling is such a bad thing and addictive, alcohol would serve the purpose if not further! I don't see the state banning alcohol? Don't dare? or Won't? We American are locked into this chivarly mind and would drive us into ruin for sure.
Marco

United States

#38 May 9, 2008
ARemn wrote:
Casinos cause a great deal of social hardship along with bankruptcy. Look at the quality of life or social welfare indicators for Nevada-last in the Union. Drive around Atlantic City. It isn't a pretty picture.
Revenue generated by having a casino is money that is not spent on other things, and most likely necessities such as on children's education, or health care. Also, we don't need the amount of development or an onslaught of tourists that a casino would bring-ever heard of ecotourism and casinos in the same sentence?
True, but please bear in mind, there is a difference between legalize some form of gambling and turning Kuhio Ave. into Waikiki Strip. We don't have to be that extreme as one would imagine, the rules are created by us and we get the say! All we have to do is to figure a way to make it work. But I guess its too diffcult for some of the lawmakers.
Joe Blow

San Antonio, TX

#39 May 9, 2008
We're not "free from gambling," we're "free" from the jobs that would be created and tax revenues that would be generated if gambling was legal here!

Anyone with a credit card can go to "Vegas" as spend as much money as they want helping keep the economy of Nevada "green" and taxes low. Moreover, there's plenty of illegal gambling going on here. Why else do the daily papers print the "spread" during NFL season?

Saying Hawaii is "free from gambling" is like saying that Hawaii is free from marajuana -- it is flat-out "B.S."

The people who benefit most from keeping legal gambling out of Hawaii are the people who are making the big bucks off all the people from Hawaii who gamble in Vegas! And they're the people who are paying the people who need to be paid to keep gambling illegal here.
OutThere

Honolulu, HI

#40 May 9, 2008
Some have argued that gambling is illegal in Hawaii, but it happens anyway; therefore we should just legalize it.

Murder is illegal in Hawaii, but it happens anyway. Let's legalize that.

I know some people would argue that gambling has a potential to generate good income for the state, while murder is detrimental to society. I disagree. Legalized Murder has the best potential of solving the Sovereignty issue, traffic problems, overcrowded prisons, and a bad teacher to student ratio in schools. Pedestrian safety wouldn't be an issue because everyone would know that stepping into the street (or sidewalk, or parking lot, or your own front yard) would mean that it was open season on your butt.
Cat Manapua

Saint George, UT

#43 May 9, 2008
Here's an idea:

Put gambling on TheBoat and The Train To Nowhere.

People might ride these transit boondoggles and the revenue might help pay the crushing debt.

See - sometimes you have to think outside the box.

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