[vc_row][vc_column width="½"][vc_single_image border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" image="17213"][/vc_column][vc_column width="½"][vc_column_text]Casinos are a popular draw for people but I've never understood why. I mean, I do enjoy the buffets found at many casinos. A lot of casinos put out these very delicious spreads. Rachel and I have, on occasion, while traveling, gone to a casino simply for supper, hold the slots. But gambling? My issue isn't really a moral one: if you want to blow your hard-earned money, go for it. It's more like I never have enough money where I feel like I can justify parting with it on what will likely end up being a losing proposition. Here in southwest Ohio there are several casinos within about 30 minutes of where I live. The closest used to be about 40 minutes away, but a new "Racino" has opened up closer in Monroe, Ohio. They apparently have slot machines there in addition to harness racing. My Dad used to suggest that one could just mail the casino a check and save the gas money. The few times I have gone to a casino to partake in the gaming I've just done the slot machines. And I never win. Well, maybe one time I came out $40 ahead. So, back to gambling, the quiet community of Tyre, New York is trying to secure a casino to help revive the moribund rural economy. But the local Amish are against the proposal. While the local bishop does bring up moral objections to gambling, I think the main issue for them is the disruption of their rural way of life. Click here to read about this simmering dispute. Have any of our readers gotten lucky on the slots or lottery? A teacher at my middle school years ago won 1 million dollars in the state lottery, but that is as close as I have been to a big winner![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="½"][vc_column_text]ORGANIC AMISH: Many people associate the Amish with organic farming, but that's historically been a tenuous connection. Amish farmers and gardeners have, for the most part, been just as likely to dump chemicals on their produce as anyone else. But the "green movement" has taken root among Amish in some settlements. I have followed the career of Amish man John Kempf for some time, he has been leading the charge for a movement towards organic farming. Nice to see John getting his due. Click here to read a neat article in The Atlantic about John. You can visit John's company website here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="½"][vc_column_text]CREEPY GUY AROUND AN AMISH SCHOOL: This is a disturbing story out of Pennsylvania. Seems there's been a man loitering around a couple of Amish schools during recess. At first I thought, from the article's description, that he could just be a tourist, but reading the article more, I realize that is not the case. Creepy sounding to me and I hope the guy is caught! Click here to read more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="½"][vc_column_text]AMISH SCHOOL OPENS IN MICHIGAN: Sounds like this Amish school got bogged down in typical government red tape and bureaucracy. Glad – after two long years – the school was finally able to be open. I realize there have to be rules and sizes and standards or, I guess, we’d be a society run amok, but sometimes a little common sense is nice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="½"][vc_single_image border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" image="16966"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
About Kevin Williams
Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.