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Jamaica: Casino Gambling Would Provide Billions for Education

20 December 2004

JAMAICA -- As reported by the Gleaner: "Dr. Ralph Thompson, a member of the National Council on Education, said yesterday that the introduction of casino gambling would be the answer to funding the $52 billion per year needed to transform the education system over the next ten years.

"'The Government should stop pussyfooting around and introduce casino gambling,' Dr. Thompson said.

"Dr. Thompson argued that the benefits from casino gambling would outweigh any perceived drawbacks, saying the Government had an obligation to exhibit leadership in putting it in place regardless of whatever political fallout it may cause.

"...The prominent educator said he was flabbergasted as to why such a logical decision had not yet been made, adding that it was better to gamble on casinos rather than to gamble on the future education of children..."

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