Bali Update's article [Casinos in Bali Ė Don't Bet On It] generated a number or responses from readers with opinions to share on that subject.
David wrote to support the Investment Board's rejection of a proposed Casino in Bali saying:
"... smart move ... don't be fooled by the 'so called' casino investment benefits."
M.W. Varn shared a similar viewpoint when he wrote:
"Let's all hope that Bali continues to resist the onslaught of gambling casinos. Learn from what happened to the Mississippi coast, on the Gulf of Mexico. In the quiet towns of Gulfport and Biloxi, people in their houses (large and small) and in the wonderful small restaurants and other small businesses along the coast enjoyed a view of the ocean and a reasonably quiet, relaxed lifestyle. The casinos came with their promises of massive employment, money for schools, etc. They built their huge hotel/restaurant/casino/parking complexes into the edge of the water so they are technically categorized as "off-shore". In large areas, ocean view is entirely obstructed. Sleepy little Highway 90 has become a 24-hour noisy madhouse of traffic. The crime rate has increased far more than the local police can manage, even with the extra taxes received from casinos. Gone are the small private restaurants because the casinos have excellent restaurants offering good food at cheap prices, further lure to customers. Some say that for every job the casinos created, two jobs are lost in the community. The quality of life is destroyed. Please don't let this happen to Bali."
A reader from Germany, Camilla Regler had this to say:
"Having been in many places where gambling presents a major part of the economy, I hope that Bali does not follow this path. The detrimental effects associated with casinos, for instance organized crime, an increase of prostitution and large numbers of undesirable tourists. At present Bali is one of the few paradises left in this world, with its people smiling and actually meaning it despite the difficult times they are facing at present, a low crime rate, etc. I visit Bali 3 - 4 times a year and plan to make it my domicile in 2 years time, but should the government actually agree to permit the opening of casinos, I would reconsider my plans for the future as I believe it would spoil Bali and all it stands for."
Golf in Bali
Finally, Paul Monks wrote to express his views on the high cost of playing golf in Bali:
"Having recently visited Bali for the sixth time, I was amazed at the under-usage of the islands golf courses. When top class courses in the rest of Indonesia charge an average of $30-$45 including caddie and buggy, how can the courses on Bali insist on green fees of $65? And this supposedly includes a discount of 25% for local residents. On the day I tried to get a game there (in Bali) were at least 50 caddies sitting around doing nothing I would suggest that, now the Japanese visitors are no longer the dominant tourist group, the islands courses should get together and agree to target European and American visitors who will gladly pay $40 but not $60. It is a real shame for great courses to go unused like this."
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