Gambling is here to stay and I urge states to recognize this fact and make gambling competitive, to be able to harness the power of gambling to achieve desirable non-gambling objectives. A neighborhood casino should offer low-priced poker games and bingo games, and 100% payout slot machines, for example. This would draw people to the casino at which point they would interest with their friends and neighbors for the purpose of engaging in non-gambling activities. In regular casinos, a patron travels a long distance but meets nobody he/she will ever seen again, which prevents and subsequent socializing or business dealings. A neighborhood casino will draw neighbors together and encourage them to do non-gambling things together, such as jointly research and write a website, open up a car repair service, take exercise classes together, attend a specialized course - take a trip together. I brought a lawsuit in New York State in September 2005 to have the New York courts declare that all gambling is legal in New York. At this time, a motion to dismiss has been made, returnable in February, 2006. My website for the lawsuit is at My Website in Support of My Lawsuit to Legalize Gambling in NY; and a copy of my complaint is available at My Complaint for Declaratory Judgment.
My neighborhood casino concept is a reincarnation of my idea, expressed in my ebook Dropping Out, that the library in a small town or village should become a country club for the local population by the providing of various services outlined in the book. Now, I would have the neighborhood casino provide such services, including a small library. On the other hand, I am not advocating that the town's library be turned into a neighborhood casino.
A person running for office should consider the jobs, opportunities and economic development available to a community which embraces competitive gambling and uses the powerful force of gambling to bring residents and neighbors together to engage in multiple non-gambling activities. The neighborhood casino, in other words, would be similar to a bar, coffee shop, disco, drug den or concert, but be a place where older residents would be more apt to go than the other places, and enable them to mix with the rest of the community and join in non-gambling activities with community members of varied ages. It is possible that a town or village, as a non-profit entity, might have a greater chance of setting up and operating a neighborhood casino than a for-profit corporation.