Tens of thousands of Oklahomans have become ‘problem or pathological gamblers’ according to Wiley Harwell, director of the Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling. Doom! There has also been a 50 per cent increase in demand for the services of gambling treatment centre, A Chance to Change, this year. Gloom! Notice how little is made in this piece, however, about the fact that the gambling industry provided $2.5m to the State economy or that the overriding number of people who gamble have fun and don’t lose their houses – or that these problem gambler clinics are quite happy for gambling to stay legal so long as they get a bigger piece of the pie. But then that wouldn’t make for a good headline would it? They are not here to make money. They are here to help. Read more.
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