Letter: A cold, seductive snake
I join with the Concord Monitor (“Casinos still not worth the gamble,” editorial, Jan. 27) in strongly opposing casino gambling in the Granite State. The admittedly desperate need to find sources of revenue to fund many of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s laudable programs cannot justify going down this dark path.
There is nothing concerning family values, or natural beauty, the hallmarks of New Hampshire exceptionalism, to be found in a casino. They will be built and controlled by powerful out-of-state gambling empires who have no interest in keeping New Hampshire the special place it is. The fact that Massachusetts is building them is reason enough to fear the long-term consequences. We do not need to pick up this cold, seductive snake and embrace it, knowing the inevitable result: the poisoning of New Hampshire values. Say no to casino gambling.
CLYDE R. W. GARRIGAN
(The writer is a member of the New Hampshire Bar and a retired federal prosecutor.)