Letter to the Editor: Legislature should reject expansion of gambling



Letter to the Editor in Bradenton Herald:

March 31, 2015

No slots for Florida!

All the talk in Tallahassee about opening up Florida to widespread gambling is troubling enough, even without the proposal to permit outside gambling industry giants to build the state’s first Las Vegas-style casinos in Miami.

What are the politicians thinking? Florida’s economy, job outlook and tourist industry are doing great.

We don’t need casinos operated by Las Vegas and Malaysian casino conglomerates to draw visitors and business investment to our beautiful state. Besides, between the Seminole Tribe and parimutuels, we already have enough gambling.

Now legislators are also talking about expanding it even further by creating some new “historical racing” game that would spread slot machine-type gambling to communities throughout the state. At the same time, they say what they’re proposing would be a “contraction” in gambling here.

All I can say is, they must have all been liberal arts majors in college, because the math of what they’re promising sure doesn’t add up.

Sara Cohen

Myakka City

Read letter on the Bradenton Herald’s website here