Editorial: Casinos ruin Oklahoma lives

In April, the Better Business Bureau fired CEO Sen. Rick Brinkley and in June filed a civil lawsuit asking for more than $1 million in damages.

One of the sources for the misconduct alleged by the suit is gambling debt.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the matter because of allegations that Brinkley, a Republican senator from Owasso, might have improperly used campaign funds to cover his tracks.

So far, none of the allegations have been proven.

Brinkley is one of the most well-liked senators in the state. He was in line to be the next leader of the Senate but this publicity alone will probably end that.

Brinkley is a former Methodist minister, a popular public speaker and well versed in business after leading the BBB for more than 15 years.

What went wrong?

If the charges are true, Brinkley gambled away more than a million dollars that didn’t belong to him. What could cause such a decent person to take such drastic actions?

The nature of gambling is that gamblers all eventually lose – some sooner than others. The casino and the lottery always win.

Gambling – not just compulsive gambling – destroys lives. But that is not the message given to Oklahomans by the liberal media, including the Tulsa World, the local TV and radio stations and magazines because they now rely deeply on the advertising revenue from casinos and the state lottery.

Oklahoma has about 117 casinos where people lose more than $3,000,000,000.00 a year.

Those kinds of losses can’t help but destroy the lives of otherwise decent citizens.