Playing penny slot machine gambling seems an innocent way to pass time, right? Many people enjoy casinos. A lot of elderly people arrive on a charter bus with about $200 to gamble.

They possess bank cards, which they can and do use at the ATM machines after they have spent their original $200. Time on the casino boats can become extremely boring after the money is gone, and there is nothing to do since they are stuck on the boat.

Many of them, and younger gamblers, aren't exactly sure how to play the games or how to stop when they have won enough.

The events programmers at the senior citizen living facilities probably are unaware of any problems stemming from gambling. Yes, the people get out of the assisted living rooms, but at what cost financially and psychologically?

Larry D. Larson, Crown Point