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           Wednesday, May 7 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterNot a betting man

I'm a strong believer in having role models—heroes, if you will —so much so that nothing convinced me more of the disqualification of Michael Dukakis to be President of the United States than his failure to cite a single person he looked up to when asked to do so in a 1988 campaign debate against George Herbert Walker Bush. And by the same token, I was disheartened to read in Monday's news that Newsweek and Washington Monthly had come into possession of documents proving that one of my recent heroes, William Bennett, has gambled away millions of dollars in casinos during recent years.

The secretary of education under President Reagan, founder of Empower America, and the author of The Book of Virtues, which I've presented to my grand-daughter in the hopes she'll treasure its trove of moral teaching even more than the book per se, admitted, when confronted by obvious evidence, that he has been a big-stakes gambler. But he claimed his winnings were not much below his losses and like use of alcohol he doesn't consider it a serious vice if it isn't creating problems in one's own family and productive lifestyle.

I, on the other hand, have been persuaded most of my life that gambling is one of the most reprehensible vices besetting the human race. As an addiction, it's even more reprehensible than drug addiction which has going for it, at least, the defense that drug use is an attempt at self-medication and we all need some of that at times. I can't find any redeeming value or good motivation for gambling, other than the fact that most lotteries, raffles, and bingo games benefit worthy causes. But therein is an even more reprehensible argument against them in my Scots-Irish mindset. What could be more obscene than the California schools promoting a statewide lottery on the basis that its earnings to a small measure roll over into classroom amenities, as they do?

And with that cliff-hanger, I'll plan to take up my additional thoughts on this on Friday.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 BUMPERS STICKERS FOR LADIES

BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN IS HERSELF
OH NO! I THINK I'M BECOMING THE MAN I WANTED TO MARRY!
A WOMAN IS LIKE A TEA BAG...YOU DON'T KNOW HOW STRONG SHE IS UNTIL YOU PUT HER IN HOT WATER
I HAVE YET TO HEAR A MAN ASK FOR ADVICE ON HOW TO COMBINE MARRIAGE AND A CAREER
COFFEE, CHOCOLATE, MEN ...SOME THINGS ARE JUST BETTER RICH

— Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for today

Sympathy sees, and says, "I'm sorry." Compassion feels, and whispers, "I will help."

— Anthony Coniaris

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