With mini casino, some will win, some will loseBy Reed Pederson, Trib LiveFebruary 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm Recently, our state legislators bestowed upon us more personal freedom. We can buy consumer-grade fireworks without driving to another state, and we’ll be able to gamble without driving to another county.With an estimated $75 billion in unfunded public pension liabilities, expect more freedom. Look for legalization of recreational marijuana and perhaps, far in the future, prostitution (don’t bet against it). And sometime after that, we might even get privatization of the state alcohol system, with convenience like in other states.It isn’t about freedom, of course; it’s about feeding the Harrisburg spending machine. The upcoming Westmoreland County mini casino can have up to 40 table games and 750 slot machines. The winning bid for the license was just over $40 million. With that kind of money on the line, the casino will be a major operation, likely to have a major effect on the county’s character. The question is whether the good will outweigh the bad.