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Implications of Legalizing Gambling in Hawaii (Jean Aoki)
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Implications of Legalizing Gambling in Hawaii

On Monday, February 9, 2009, the Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling will present a discussion on “The Case Against Legalized Gambling in Hawaii”. John W. Kindt, Professor of Business and Legal Policy at the University of Illinois will speak. Amidst wide-ranging research topics and dozens of academic articles, he has focused his last 20 years on the societal, business, and economic impacts of decriminalizing gambling activities.

You are all invited to this event to be held at Harris United Methodist Church,

Miyama Hall, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd on Monday, February 9, 2009 from 11:30 am to 1 pm. A light lunch (pizza, salad, dessert) will be served at 11:30, for which a donation of $5 is suggested.

Co-sponsoring this event will be the Interfaith Alliance Hawaii, Kokua Council, Interfaith Open Table, Church and Society Hawaii District UMC, and others. The session will be taped for airing on ‘Olelo.

With Hawaii following the nation into what seems like a deep recession, eyes begin looking longingly for any rescue strategy that has the possibility of creating more jobs and adding to Hawaii’s revenue base.

As expected, we see quite a few bills that would introduce a state lottery, video games, casino gambling, sports betting or other forms of gambling and to legalize gambling in Hawaii.

We are one of only two states that do not allow gambling except in social situations where the “house” does not take a cut. The other state is Utah.

We are planning events to introduce Dr. Kindt to legislators and other community leaders. Beyond that, he will appear on Thursday, February 12 on Hawaii Public Radio’s “Town Square” hosted by Beth-Ann Kozlovich at 5 pm on KIPO 89.3FM

He will also appear on “Insights on PBS Hawaii” KHET at 7:30 p.m. on the same night, Thursday, February 12. Someone to present the opposing view point had not yet been selected by press time.

Jean Aoki

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