Rod Driver on
- To Expand
Gambling, Just Ignore the Voters
, April 30, 1999). ONCE AGAIN, gambling promoters have
overruled the voters and acted to increase addictive gambling.
On Monday the Rhode Island Lottery Commission approved a 52 percent
increase in the number of video lottery terminals or "video slots"
at the Lincoln dog track and Newport Jai Alai.
- The Grim
Human Cost of Casinos
(The Providence Journal,
June 05, 1999). Residents of West Warwick
are being urged to vote for a gambling casino "to cut their property
taxes in half." This irresponsible sales pitch is based on the
assumption that the General Assembly will dedicate 30 percent of the
casino tax revenues to the town of West Warwick.
- Of Ads and
(The Providence Journal
, November 24,
1999.) The damage smoking does to living creatures had been studied for 25
years before the U.S. surgeon general released his first report on
"Smoking and Health" in 1964. Of course the tobacco industry denied
the evidence, and it lobbied hard against regulatory action. So more
years passed before government agencies gradually initiated steps to
warn smokers, to protect nonsmokers, to try to stop ads targeting
young people and to recover damages from the tobacco industry.
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