It's a troubling turn of events to see gambling approved and back at the Liberation Carnival.

The casino building – the very building that started the recent debate on gambling on Guam – will be returned to its original use as a "House of Cards."

Two years ago, when the casino building was being constructed, people took notice and with just months to go before the start of the annual Liberation festivities, the games of chance were made illegal.

Today, we see the return of not just the games of chance that many residents can recall, like the color game and beto beto, but also higher stakes casino-style games like blackjack and poker.

And there's nary a peep from the Legislature, outside of Sen. Telena Nelson, to be heard.

Sure, there are new people in the Legislature, but many senators in the 35th Legislature were also in the previous body, which passed Nelson's bill banning gaming on the Liberation Carnival grounds, as well as at village fiestas and fairs.

The 34th Legislature passed Nelson's bill unanimously.

As voters and taxpayers, this reversal in position makes one wonder if the senators in the 35th no longer believe that gambling is wrong. And if that's the case, it would have helped if they had said so in their campaign. Certainly, many people would have considered that stance as they determined who would best represent them in the Legislature.

Most reasonable adults would agree that gambling and games of chance aren't things our children should be exposed to – especially not before they have a clear understanding of the costs of gambling one's hard-earned money.

In fact, one of the arguments that was made two years ago was that games of chance had no place in a carnival that is supposed to be family friendly.

And yet here we are, back where we started.

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