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September 30, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Internet gaming should be banned

In a recent interview with Forbes magazine, Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson restated his opposition to Internet gambling and its potential harm to our children.

The anti-Adelson zealots have always misconstrued his motives. As Adelson has stated, “It’s a moral issue.” At present, the necessary technology to prevent our kids and teenagers from gambling on the Internet does not exist. Further, what casino operators should realize is this: In the long run, the bottom line profit of traditional casinos will suffer. Adelson calls such misguided agendas “fool’s gold” and a “societal train wreck.”

I agree.

Adelson calls on Congress to rewrite the Federal Wire Act or pass new legislation making Internet gaming illegal nationwide. In his message to them, he said, “Internet gaming is a threat to our society — a toxin which all good people ought to resist.”

We should praise Mr. Adelson for his courage and moral stand for our children and support him in banning that which would corrupt them.

A great nation looks out for what’s best for its children. Accordingly, America should lead the way and set the shining example. Ban Internet gambling for the good of our children and American society.

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  1. Mr. Adelson may be motivated by profit but he also has the moral high ground on his side. Sometimes, not always in Las Vegas, profits and morals go hand in hand in business matters.

    Carmine D

  2. "We should praise Mr. Adelson for his courage and moral stand for our children and support him in banning that which would corrupt them."

    Dinkins -- no, we should not. Adelson became a billionaire feeding the very vice you say he now decries. Much of the destruction of our liberties and families have happened in the name of "it's for the children."

    "Mr. Adelson may be motivated by profit but he also has the moral high ground on his side."

    CarmineD -- perhaps. But government has little if any authority to turn morality into law, something the U.S. Supreme Court addressed today in U.S. v. Windsor, declaring DOMA to be "unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment":

    "The House concluded that DOMA expresses "both moral disapproval of homosexuality, and a moral conviction that heterosexuality better comports with traditional (especially Judeo-Christian) morality. . .The stated purpose of the law was to promote an "interest in protecting the traditional moral teachings reflected in heterosexual-only marriage laws."

    It's online @ http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12p...

    "With morality the individual is led into being a function of the herd and to ascribing value to himself only as a function. . .Morality is the herd instinct in the individual." -- Frederich Nietzsche 1882 "The Gay Science"

  3. "Embracing the perverse moral and ethical standards surrounding gambling is a choice of the foolish."

    Harley -- opinions vary. The only sure thing is Buffet as you quoted him was right. Or what part of "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" don't you understand?

    "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Isaac H Tiffany (1819)

  4. First of all, where are the PARENTS of these vulnerable children? Where are these children going to get the $MONEY$ and/or resources to play online gaming? Come on!

    The Gaming industry already has a system in place to deter individuals who are most vulnerable (think gambling addicts, mentally distressed, financially challenged, and young people) from inappropriate gaming. And if you haven't been around and observed the masses of young people lately, they are more preoccupied with social media and the games that DON'T cost them money. Young people engage in activities that they can collectively share and enjoy.

    So Mr. Greenspun and Mr. Adelson shouldn't worry and fret too much. Safeguards are in place, socially and within the industry. Fear not.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  5. I am not opposed to allowing adults to have access to online gaming.

    That said, and speaking from 15yrs of experience with online identity verification/validation, I will say again what I have several times before: There is no 100% foolproof way to prove someone's identity online.

    As to the question posed above, "where are the parents?", you would be amazed at how often little Johnny or Suzie can get the information needed to impersonate their parents (or other adult.) Stations Casinos makes this somewhat more difficult by requiring the use of a cell phone in the registration process, but not impossible by any means.

  6. Victor,

    The company I worked for had a standing policy of issuing a refund without questions whenever someone claimed that a minor child had made the purchase. This was done to prevent charge backs. I'm sure that some portion of those claims were false, but it was more important to keep a good charge back ratio than to fight such claims.

    At one time 18 was considered an absolute standard, and no one could legitimately possess a credit card without being of age. However that has changed with some forms of checking accounts with debit cards that minors have access to.