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Casino a concern for resident


  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 11:53 am

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Re: ďRacetrack and casino coming to Balzac,Ē Dec. 19

Dear Editor,

I just read the story about the racetrack and casino coming to Balzac. This is unfortunate. Itís bad enough that people have so many places to blow their hard-earned money uselessly (lottery tickets and the overabundance of liquor stores in Airdrie) now we are going to add a racetrack and casino?

I have seen so many foreclosures in Airdrie because people canít afford their housing as it is and now letís add a huge addiction for many people.

It is so sad as I drive by the casinos in Calgary and see the parking lots full, knowing that in there are some people who are overspending all they have by flushing it away, then go home and have to tell their families that there is no money for groceries.

How many of these people then go to the food bank and shelters? To quote from the Airdrie Food Bank website, ďThe Airdrie Food Bank is working hard to meet drastically increased demand for food services and programs. We are in urgent need of additional space to continue to meet the growing needs of those struggling in our community.Ē

I get calls asking for donations for breakfast clubs for kids how many of these parents are dealing with gambling addictions and then canít feed their own children?

Why donít we try and actually help our community by helping the problem and not making the addictions so easily accessible?

But it comes down to the root of the problem. The love of money.

The big companies will prey on peopleís weaknesses and the government allows it because of the money it generates.

Gambling, in my opinion, should be just as illegal as drinking and driving. It hurts families just as much.

Katherine Brandt,



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