Lawmakers Should Protect Children and Not Legalize Online Gambling | Letters


Illinois is saturated with gambling. Yet the CEO of an online gambling company wrote a letter to the Chicago Sun-Times promoting another massive expansion in home gambling.

Making gambling so accessible on cell phones, computers and tablets 24 hours a day, seven days a week will increase gambling and addiction among young people. Having a gaming app in your pocket is a constant temptation to gamble.

Online gambling companies “track a person’s betting activity” to predict which offers or promotions work best to get people to gamble more. Countless “free betting” offers could lead to nonstop gambling for hours or days.

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In New Jersey, 14 players filed a lawsuit against the maker of an online slot machine that paid them less than they won because of a “bug” in the product. The attorney general’s office fined the company $ 1,000 for failing to ensure the game works properly, the Associated Press reported. Is it a better experience?

Children as young as 15 are losing huge sums of money playing online in Ireland. They start gambling around the age of 11 in Australia, and there are 55,000 problem gamblers under 16 in the UK. These countries are introducing reforms to limit betting and advertising on gambling in order to combat the increase in gambling, suicide and drug addiction among minors.

Gambling is an unstable source of income with high societal costs. Lawmakers should protect children and not legalize online gambling.

Anita Bedell, Executive Director, Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems, Springfield

Reactions to Rittenhouse

The verdict in the Rittenhouse trial came as no surprise. The judge did everything he could to rig the trial, so Rittenhouse could get away with a murder.

Michael Shepherd, Bellwood

Black and White Justice: Rittenhouse intentionally travels out of state, carrying a gun and killing people. He escapes justice. George Floyd was believed to have passed a fake $ 20 bill and was killed by police before he could spend his day in court.

Tom DeDore, Garfield Ridge)

Now that Kyle Rittenhouse has been found innocent, it should be obvious to everyone that Wisconsin has sanctioned the use of force to resolve disputes, even for carrying a gun at residents of the state. How sad for our democracy.

Bob Ory, Elgin

The police would be better off without Catanzara

John Catanzara retired from the Chicago Police Department rather than being fired and possibly losing the retirement benefits to which he is entitled. Hopefully he will be replaced at the head of the Chicago FOP.

He now says he will run for mayor. By all means, he should go so he can swallow an embarrassing defeat and maybe try to become one of Fox News’ talking heads, spitting out their brand of venom that he could easily write in his sleep.

If they are of no use to him, other similar propaganda media might welcome him. He could become the next Steve Bannon, doing push-ups in quicksand.

Then we can all breathe a sigh of relief, the CPD can belatedly pass its court-ordered reforms, and finally, maybe Chicago can have the enlightened police advocate they deserve without the self-defeating opposition at every turn. Catanzara turn. With him gone, holdouts in the department might even decide that it makes sense after all to protect themselves and their families from COVID by getting vaccinated.

Ted Z. Manuel, Hyde Park

Corrupt politicians? In Illinois?

We should be shocked that a corrupt local mayor, Crestwood Mayor Louis Presta, accepted bribes from a red light camera company to bolster ticket enforcement and send more money to company coffers. I’m not, it’s Illinois.

These cameras have been proven time and time again to be nothing more than a cash grab from an industry full of corruption. Combine it with a few less than honorable politicians looking to pump up their retirement funds, and that’s what we get.

This technology must be mastered or better still abolished. The tickets distributed do not save any life; most of them are frivolous violations that do not justify prosecution.

Scot Sinclair, Third Lake


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