Friday, March 21, 2008


I've seen this banner for a few weeks and shook my head at it every time.  It seems sort of silly and sad all at one time.  I'm not really against gambling, it's just not something I actively participate in.  I don't even buy the scratch off lottery tickets.  Supposedly, the funds from our state lottery are funneled into the schools.  I don't see that showing up as a line item in our district's budget--"An additional $10,000 given by the State Lottery Commission".  The fact that our town is raising money for the Educational Foundation by having a Casino Night seems like it's sending the wrong message to those that are being educated---our kids.  I know, I know, it's for a good cause and they were just trying to come up a new fundraising idea.  Folks tire of silent auctions for baskets full of things they don't really want. Heck, they'll be saving me from gaining weight by not trying to sell me those fundraising cookies (which are great eaten frozen, right out of the box).    

I won't be attending this particular fundraiser.  Not because I don't support the education in our town, but because I don't want my kids to think that gambling is something that's fun.  I've know there are too many folks that can't afford to lose even a dollar on a scratch off card, but buy them anyway.


  1. They've had the battle off and on in Alabama about allowing gambling/lottery in the state, in the name of using the money for education. I agree with you. there has to be a better way than sending kids the message - GAMBLE FOR YOUR EDUCATION!!!

  2. I agree about it seeming oxymoronic in connecting gambling and children all in the same advertisement. And I agree that it just cannot be sending the proper message to children and families.

    I think we desensitize ourselves by allowing this form of 'fund-raising' in the name of education.

    What are we educating?

    It's not ok to gamble without understanding the possible consequences. It can be an obsession and a disease that wrecks many people's lives.

    I think gambling is similar to credit cards. We don't use any anymore. We almost ended up homeless because of them and a terrible accident that made us feel like we had to depend on credit cards to survive.

    My children learned a powerful lesson that credit card money is not 'free' money. And that the 'privilege' of owning a credit card comes with a price.

    Some of the 'privileges' that we adults are provided with really do not give us freedom and independance, like so many youth are taught by commercials and advertisements.

    Here in New Mexico, the Indian Casinos are expected to give a portion of their gambling earnings to education. So, even though gambling is not a good thing, because it's going to happen anyway, at least the state 'fines' them. I suppose it's similar to the cigarette tax.

    But with the gambling 'taxes' every child in New Mexico with good grades can attend college.

    So, we can feel a little better knowing that at least some good does come out of the gambling casinos here.