I grew up in Nebraska and this situation sounds painfully typical. Gambling has been available in Iowa for about 15 years or so. First it was the dog track, then a few years later riverboat gambling, and now casinoes all over Council Bluffs.Ak-sar-ben, a first-rate horseracing track in Omaha, has been closed for around a decade... a first fatality. I'm still shocked by how prolific pawn shops and check-cashing places have become in the past few years, no doubt due to the gambling available in Iowa. Keno is legal in Nebraska, in keno parlors, but any night of the week, drive to a casino in CB and look at how many vehicles are wearing NE plates. The casino issue has been on the ballot a few times in NE, and repeatedly defeated. Meanwhile, the taxes seem to be going up, up, up.On road trips to Omaha, nearly every state we pass through either has casino gambling, or is within an hour of it. Billboards for Indian casinoes, Harrah's, you name it. I never did understand what the thrill is. Went once years ago and remember seeing a few folks, well past retirement age, sitting at the slots. Around midnight. In their McDonald's uniforms. I kept thinking, "don't they have grandkids to play with?" Rather scary. I hope I can find more productive ways to spend my time at that point in life.I do believe those places are the devil's own workshop. What a drain to society, in more ways than one.MadamHusker 1
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