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Tele-Talk Responses: Do you support expanded gambling in New Hampshire?

There were 30 responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question: “Do you support expanded gambling in New Hampshire?” Fourteen people said they support expanded gambling; 14 people said they do not support expanded gambling.
Yes, let’s put it right here someplace in the Mount Washington Valley, and while we’re at it let’s put a strip joint in. I mean these people in the valley have destroyed it so let’s keep right on doing a good job of it.
No, and here is why: This is government job creation. We’ve got an alcoholic, mentally unstable, obese generation that has already left our children and grandchildren with the worse quality of life and an unbelievable irresponsible deficit. They want alcohol, Viagra, medical and psychiatric care, food stamps, abortions and Social Security. This is what people who know people do to a country and it’s not a generation of people I want or need to be liked by.
I’m calling to say that I’m opposed to expanded gambling in New Hampshire. Some things are much more important than money and this would be detrimental to the quality of New Hampshire.
I would be against any form of gambling in the state of New Hampshire, or any other state for that matter, because it really brings a lot of crime. If you go down to southern New Hampshire — Salem — they have a lot of prostitution, loan sharking and you really attract a really bad crowd. Perhaps a better way to raise revenue would be to put in a sales tax. We desperately need a tax like a sales tax because everyone pays — the tourists pay, the rich pay, the poor pay — and this would be a much better and moral solution than having gambling.
Expanded gambling will be a boon to New Hampshire. It will create hundreds if not thousands of jobs in Salem area — good jobs at much higher wages than the big box stores. It will draw thousands of additional tourists monthly and will revitalize Rockingham Park into a world class destination and resort. The no sales tax advantage will induce Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents to flock to the malls in that area. Gene Chandler was against the EZPass. Why even ask his opinion at all?
I support gambling in New Hampshire.
Absolutely. Club Motorsports will undoubtedly add a casino to its enclave and the big boys will move in and take over the valley.
There’s no way we should expand gambling. That’s the worst idea the governor has come up with. I know she wants to spend a lot more money than she has so that could be some money she could attach all her ideas to. But what happens down the road to all the families that are going to be suffering from expanded gambling. That has not been taken into consideration. I am totally against it.
Yes, I do approve of gambling in New Hampshire. Not only that, it’ll bring jobs into the area.
No, I do not support expanded gambling in New Hampshire. With that more revenue the state will spend more money. We need to stop spending money and stop looking for revenue.
Absolutely I support expanded gambling in the state of New Hampshire. What’s wrong with going in a playing a little bit of craps or playing some black jack, when you can buy a lottery ticket? The state not allowing that — or I should say the legislation not allowing that — is being a little hypocritical, so I totally support that and I also think that the state ought to look at it being in more than one location than Rockingham Park. I think it would be a good boost to the state and increase the revenue, especially during these tough times. But again I just think that it is a good idea. Why not? You can buy a lottery ticket, but you can’t play craps. To me that just seems hypocritical. This is Eric in Tamworth.
My name is Bob and yes I do support expanded gambling in New Hampshire.
I don’t support gambling — period. But if people are foolish enough to do it, then we might as well keep the money here in New Hampshire.
I think it’s time that the people of New Hampshire get on board with the rest of the world out there. Gambling seems to be the way of the world these days and if you snooze you lose. And I think that they should vote for the expanded gambling. I have been to Oxford, Maine, which is an hour away and I see all kinds of people from the Conway area.
I support expanded gambling in the state of New Hampshire. Yes. The New Hampshire way is sin taxes all the way. We have always been big on sin taxes — tobacco, alcohol, etc. So, we need to expand our gambling. We need to make sure we keep on supporting the Tech Village fiasco and we must also provide taxes to build more $3 million outhouses like the one the state built in Intervale.
After great thought, I am absolutely against casinos in New Hampshire, primarily because of the word corruption. It corrupts very easily our politicians, both on a state level and a local community level. Let’s for instance take the Obama devotee Congresswoman Ann Kuster, she’s a Democrat. She failed to pay her taxes on her luxurious summer home in Jackson until she won her election. Now this person can be easily corrupted by kickbacks and under the table payments. Then we take another Obama devotee Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who when she lost her election, she had about $160,000 in her account. Rather than give it back to the taxpayers, she decided to take that money and give it to her five top employees, which included buying them new vehicles. Now this person is easily subjected to under the table payments and kickbacks from the casino. Not only that, but if you look at the casino in Oxford, Maine, the locally elected politicians, it has been noted, from the town clerk on, all of a sudden are driving high end new cars; a lot of them are doing new renovations on their homes, and yet but nobody could find any increase in their wages to accommodate these huge outlandish expenses. so what it comes down to is a huge, very troubling factor of the  corruption that these casinos bring.  It’s very troubling. And finally, when you think about it, why should we provide this entertainment for Grandma, who likes to play the five cent slots and likes to be offered free drinks by bow legged wenches. It’s not worth it. Because of the weakness of the present politicians for corruption, the casinos should be denied.
I wouldn’t want expanded gambling here. I don’t want to pay any more for the police department than I already do.
I don’t support gambling in New Hampshire. I think there’s enough gambling other places. But what do they mean by upscale gambling? Does that mean no T-shirts? Just tie and jackets? I think it would make more sense to open 20 hotels or gambling casinos in the state all over rather than one in southern New Hampshire. This is Andy.
My comment on the question of this week is, whatever the shortcomings of this particular bill is very shaky and also disturbing. As with virtually all development that has happened over the past 30 years, it is destructive, poorly planned and clearly designed for short term gain, not necessarily in taxes but for somebody. I would like to know how many back-room deals, winks and handshakes brought us to this. I hope it doesn’t pass.
I’m in favor of the expanded gambling in the state of New Hampshire. It should have been done nearly 20 years ago down in Newington. It should go in Pease Air Force Base where they’ve got the train system, got the road system, got the airport, got all the vacation places along the ocean, Hampton, Old Orchard. It’s close to Massachusetts and Route 95; they have the tolls and can pick up money there. It’s just a really sorry thing they haven’t done it earlier, but I hope they do it now. It belongs in Portsmouth. You’ve got all these vacation people in the summer months and in the fall to come up there. I think it’s a good thing.
Pete Rose bet Jimmy Connors $10,000 he could stop gambling.
Not only yes but heck yes! It’s high time New Hampshire House members quit being a bunch of nanny-naysayers and let people do what they want, and that is gamble! Personally, my gambling is limited to the stock market where I have a chance to make a buck, but if the majority of Granite Staters say they want to hit the slots, tables, wheels and whatnot, then I say let ‘em. And for their contributions to the state tax coffers, I will say thanks. May I remind the House that tourism is the number two industry in the state. With gambling in place, guess what many of New Hampshire’s out-of-state visitors will do? If you answered, “gamble,” then you got it right. More importantly, those gamblers from out-of-state will help lighten the state’s tax burden on residents. So I say to all 400 House members: “Give us a break; vote in favor of expanded gambling!”
I would urge lawmakers to slow down, be careful, and stop the rush to approve casino gambling in order to beat Massachusetts to the punch and solve a money problem.  It seems supporters are focused solely on the money and are either ignoring or hoping the detrimental social factors, always associated with casino gambling, won’t happen here.  I would urge everybody to read and consider the very compelling article, published in the May 9 issue of The Conway Daily Sun titled “Against casinos based on experience and observation,” which speaks against casino gambling. Casino gambling will be the beginning of the end for this great state and what it stands for. Ask anybody why they visit or have moved to New Hampshire; it’s to get away from it all. It’s the simplicity and slower-ness of life (compared to other areas), the natural beauty of this region, no sale or income taxes, all of which draw people here. It’s a place where you can still take a little step back in time and breath. Casino gambling will change the fabric of this state and lead to many problems. And once casino gambling and its associated ills are here, they will be here for good! I understand the money issue, I’m an entrepreneur, but find another solution. I mean no offense or insult, but those who want to live in a large governmental, big spending, thriving, powerful, economic engine type region, really should move to New York, Boston, or another such place. Go where what you seek already is. Please leave this magnificent state and region alone. Lawmakers, please vote no to casino gambling.
Yes, we need a casino in New Hampshire. People drive to Maine and Connecticut now. Oxford in Maine made $38 million in eight months, $9 million went to schools, $3 million to social services. Stanley Burgess, Chatham.
The following Tele-Talk responses were posted on The Conway Daily Sun’s Facebook page:
Yes, people go to Maine/Massachusetts and participate. Why not create revenue?
This topic makes me sick. Have any of you been to the casinos? Is this the way we need to “make money” for the state? Do you know who throws away their income at a casino? Do you have the disposable income to go and “help the state?” Do the research. Please.
I don’t have the disposable income to do anything. Doesn’t mean I can’t save a bit to go to a casino for a day or two and have a good time, just like any other vacation. You’re under the assumption the only people who go to casinos and gamble are degenerate gamblers. Clearly, you are not even close to the mark.
The Senate bill creates a monopoly.
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