For a short week, it’s turned out to be a jam-packed one. The Judicial candidate forum is tonight and Colorscape unfolds this weekend all to the backdrop of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. No doubt these will be the things on a lot of Chenango county residents’ minds.
Incidentally there is other big news that has flown under the radar. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese will be giving away one billion dollars to any one who can land a kite on the moon. No, not really but that’s about as easy to accomplish as it is to win the New York State Lottery, yet people still flock to their local convenience stores to procure tickets. Somehow it’s ironic that the state would run a large scale gambling system under the premise that it is a better way to part citizens from their paychecks than a direct increase in taxation. Yet while people are taught that gambling is acceptable as long as the state gains from it, cuffs are slapped on the wrists of anyone who does it outside of a reservation for more than a dollar.
Gambling is one of most profitable ventures for people other than for gamblers themselves. For instance every time I get into a car, I am gambling with my life and I pay for it – the recipients being my insurance company. Gambling is attractive for a number of reasons. It gives hope to the desperate when nothing else does. It is forbidden by the government, which probably only adds to its allure. I myself have only been to a casino once and have never bought a lottery ticket. I guess the reason is that I have never been able to persuade myself that I will win. Or maybe it’s just that I cant take the sour taste of disappointment when the odds don’t add up in my favor. Enough of that and one could develop a complex.
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