Editorial: More booze and more gambling

The race to build more casinos and encourage more gambling and alcoholism is gaining steam.

Now that Oklahomans voted to liberalize state liquor laws in a few months, groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies and others will be able to sell refrigerated hard beer and high-alcohol-content wine.

The Osage Nation is not wasting any time. The nation has broken ground for a 66,280-square-foot expansion to the Osage Nation’s Tulsa Casino. The design was by Marnell Architecture, a company that designed The Bellagio and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The expanded casino will have room for 1,500 new slot machines, 16 tables (for blackjack) and five poker tables.

To take full advantage of the liberalized liquor laws, the Osage Casino will have a full-service brew pub and a sports bar. They want to make sure that gamblers have plenty of booze available.

“The expansion of Osage Nation’s Tulsa casino and the addition of the hotel is truly a milestone for the Osage Nation,” said Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear.

This will be the biggest gambling operation ever by the Osage Tribe. Because the casinos spend so much money on local advertising, you won’t read stories or see news reports on the lives broken apart, the marriages ruined, careers ended and the other heartbreaking aspects of the expansion of gambling and alcohol consumption.

No, the liberal media will just keep running stories about the “economic development” from bigger casinos and more bars.

Society will pay a price for this hedonism.