My personal opinion is that casinos can and will destroy lives, and they will do nothing for the Massachusetts’ economy. They may make revenue in the short run, but statistically speaking, casinos have been struggling in other states. Atlantic City is a perfect example for this issue. Atlantic City has always thrived from their casinos, but, over the last year, four casinos have gone under. Casinos in Rhode Island and Pittsburgh are struggling as well.
Even if casinos helped our economy, they are still destructive to society. Gambling is an addiction that impacts not only the addict, but the people around the addict as well. A casino’s number one goal is to seduce people and take their money. It tempts people with inexpensive alcohol and food, and then people lose their judgment and their sense of time and make bad decisions. Casinos only bring out the worst in people. Recently, Ray Rice, the ex running back for the Baltimore Ravens, has been in the news. While attending an Atlantic City casino, Ray Rice beat his fiancée to the point of unconsciousness. For all we know, Ray Rice could be the biggest supporter of stopping domestic violence, but while under the influence of a casino, he made the biggest mistake of his life, jeopardizing his career. Ray Rice is fortunate that he has made millions of dollars over his career and probably is financially set for the rest of his life. If this same thing happened to someone less fortunate who might work in a supermarket, this could lead to lasting unemployment and could also lead to legal consequences. When the pros and cons are added up, it appears as if casinos can only be detrimental to society, and once they are here they will be hard to get rid of. If I were 18 this November, I would vote NO to casinos in Massachusetts.