Once upon a time, not so long ago, the proponents of gambling in West Virginia didn't want to call the devices that patrons put their money into "slot machines."
Now operators of four racetrack casinos have thousands of machines they're not afraid to call "slots." They do, however, profess to be afraid of Pennsylvania's pending entry into the gambling business.
Their antidote? Up the ante, by offering "table games" such as poker, roulette and blackjack.
Before any such additions are approved, we would like to see some research on how such games affect the percentage of gambling addicts in the population.
It also would be interesting to know whether the addition of such games adds to the number of bankruptcies, lost jobs and divorces in a community.