Should gambling be allowed in De Beque?  The question has been raised and Colorado voters may get a chance to answer the question this November.

According to the Daily Sentinel, a group of residents and politicians are exploring the possibility of putting the issue on the November ballot. It is hoped that limited stakes gambling will help revive the Western Slope economy.

Currently, Colorado gamblers have gambling options at Blackhawk, Cripple Creek, Central City, and the Native American casinos in Southwest Colorado.

While I am not necessarily opposed to the idea of a limited form of gambling for entertainment and recreational purposes, I am not convinced that it is the best way to go about restoring life to a sagging Western Colorado economy.  With so many families struggling to make it financially, offering an appealing and hard-to-resist get -rich-quick opportunity, which in reality will apply to an extremely limited number of individuals, just doesn't seem entirely prudent to me.

You can learn more about the effort  from  the De Beque Wildhorse Gaming Committee Facebook page.

How do you feel about bringing casino gambling to Mesa County? Do you think it would give the economy a shot in the arm? Does it just give people another avenue for throwing away their hard earned money? Take the poll below and tell us what you think.

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