, Salem, MA


February 5, 2014

Watson: Casinos shape and reflect our culture


In my opinion, gambling and casino development are directly responsible for creating too high a degree of trauma and dysfunction within society and within the personal lives of too many families.

There is nothing inevitable about the complexion of our culture. It is the sum of a thousand (or a billion) choices made every day, every year, by every individual and institution in it.

There is deep disagreement over the embrace of gambling. Maybe the best that can be hoped for — especially if we build the casinos — is that we build them with our eyes wide open, so that we appreciate the damage that accompanies the choice.

Brian T. Watson is a Salem News columnist. Contact him at

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