Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

CCasinos frustrated with underage gamblers

Monday, February 6, 2017 by BRUCE FRASSINELLI in Opinion

Underage youngsters are about 15 percent more likely to become addicted gamblers than the general population, according to a survey on compulsive gambling.

As a result, it is not surprising that teens and 20-year-olds are constantly testing the local casinos’ security systems with sophisticated fake IDs.

The Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, for example, was fined $36,000 recently after patrons under 21 were caught gambling on the casino floor in three separate incidents.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Monday, February 6, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

‘We will not forget Toomey’s betrayal’

To the Editor:

Senator Pat Toomey’s constituents have spoken.

We’ve spoken so voluminously and so loudly that we’ve been unable to reach Toomey by phone or fax.

Today, I am dismayed at Toomey’s written response, in which he relays he will support Betsy Devos for Secretary of Education despite the flooding of opposition to her from his constituents.

We see who Senator Toomey serves and it is not the people in his state, but the people with deep pockets: families like the DeVos family who have donated nearly $60,000 to his campaign.

State board assoc. highlights issues

Monday, February 6, 2017 by STEVE ROBINSON PSBA COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR in Opinion

The Pa. School Boards Association (PSBA) has created a resource regarding efforts in the legislature to consider The Property Tax Independence Act, a proposal to eliminate property taxes and shift a significant burden of funding public schools onto other taxing mechanisms, including higher personal income taxes as well as a higher sales tax with an expanded base of what goods and services are subject to tax.

PSBA’s Closer Look goes into detail on why such a proposal doesn’t work for taxpayers or schools. In the document, the following points are made:

Not an acrobat’s daughter but a one-time elephant rider

Monday, January 30, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding the big top.

According to an announcement on its website, declines in ticket sales and “the transition of elephants off the road” were cited by Kenneth Feld, chief executive of Feld Entertainment, current owner of the 140-plus-year-old entertainment institution, as among the factors making the circus an “unsustainable business.”

Various media outlets announced the closing of the circus in top-of-the-hour roundups Jan. 15.

Casinos frustrated with underage gamblers

Monday, January 30, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Underage youngsters are about 15 percent more likely to become addicted gamblers than the general population, according to a survey on compulsive gambling.

As a result, it is not surprising that teens and 20-year-olds are constantly testing the local casinos’ security systems with sophisticated fake IDs.

The Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, for example, was fined $36,000 earlier this month after patrons under 21 were caught gambling on the casino floor in three separate incidents.