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  • I applaud the Jackson County Board of Commissioners' vote to oppose a proposed American Indian casino in Medford. A multitude of studies prove that legalized gambling is simply bad social policy; we in Medford do not want gambling in our backyard!
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  • I applaud the Jackson County Board of Commissioners' vote to oppose a proposed American Indian casino in Medford. A multitude of studies prove that legalized gambling is simply bad social policy; we in Medford do not want gambling in our backyard!
    Baylor University economist Earl Grinols published a book in 2004 titled "Gambling in America: Costs and Benefits." The book totaled the added costs cities pay in increased crime, bankruptcies, lost productivity and diminished social capital once they introduce casinos. Back in 2004, Earl discovered that casino gambling generates roughly $166 in social costs for every $54 of economic benefit. I contend that the cost is even higher today. In addition to the negative economic impact, the Field Institute's California Poll found that legalized gambling hurts those who are poor and disadvantaged.
    Opposing this is a good call by our commissioners. We now need to make our voice heard to federal agencies that supposedly hold the trump card as to whether or not Medford gets a casino. Our community then needs to get busy in developing a smart strategic plan that will spawn private industry growth here in the Rogue Valley that will be positive both economically and socially. — Ward Hinger, Eagle Point
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