Eddie Edwards: For casinos to succeed, citizens have to lose
We should learn from this and not excuse an intentional act — knowingly crafting, supporting and promoting a public policy that increases crime and addiction.
Legislators who support this bill and others like it are in essence telling the citizens of New Hampshire, "We can live with an increase in crime. We can tolerate one more addiction. It's OK if citizens lose their disposable or essential income."
Like state government, all citizens need a little more income. However, unlike the state, we cannot legally play a game of tricks on others to take their money. That would be called a con game.
South Hampton Police Chief Eddie Edwards has more than 23 years of law enforcement experience. He formerly served as director of the New Hampshire Liquor Enforcement Division. He serves on the legislative committee of the NH Association Chiefs of Police, which opposes the expansion of gambling in New Hampshire.
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