Significant harm


I thank the Sun Journal for its excellent coverage of the issues in the upcoming elections. I am particularly concerned about the possibility that gambling may become legal in Maine.

It is true that the state, through taxes, and those who benefit from gambling (anyone working in the casinos, shopkeepers, motels and restaurants) will make money. However, this money is not free. Much of it comes from people who are addicted to gambling.

What makes an addiction an addiction is the inability to stop engaging in the behavior.

I would encourage all voters to recognize the significant harm that legalized gambling in this state may enable.

Cornelia Farmer, Farmington