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Family Policy Council gets one right

Video pokerIt’s not often that the North Carolina Family Policy Council gets an important issue right, but here is one on which its leaders are correct and deserving of an “attagirl/attaboy”: the madness of bringing a new gambling casino to North Carolina. 

As Raleigh’s News & Observer reported last week, the McCrory administration has been exploring the possibility of a deal with the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Tribe to locate a casino just over the border in western North Carolina. The reaction of a lot of folks of different stripes to the proposal has been decidedly negative so let’s hope the Guv is already consigning the idea to the circular file.

But still, Family Policy Council director John Rustin deserves credit for taking a strong stand earlier this week and saying the following:

“Locating a gambling casino along the I-85 corridor in Cleveland County would be devastating to the surrounding area. Not only would a casino cannibalize an already suffering local economy, but it would wreak havoc on the lives of individuals and families in North Carolina, South Carolina and beyond who become victimized by the ravages of gambling addiction. We urge Governor McCrory to take a hard stand against gambling expansion in North Carolina and cease any and all discussions regarding a casino with the Catawba Indian Nation.”

Rustin is right. He might have also added that not only is state-sponsored gambling itself a threat to the health and well-being of our citizens, it is also a vehicle used by giant, predatory corporations to extract even more wealth than they already grab from consumers. For more information on this pernicious phenomenon, check out the website of the national advocacy group Stop Predatory Gambling by clicking here.

2 Comments


  1. George Greene

    August 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    So is the Catawba Indian Nation just going to be a front group? They don’t *sound* like a “giant, predatory corporation”.

  2. Rob Schofield

    August 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    In a word: yes.

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