I salute the Culver City Board of Education for rejecting plans for bingo (Times, Aug. 11) at a school cafeteria--not only because of the decision to exclude tobacco but also because of the resultant decision to exclude gambling, which is also illegal for those under 18.
First, from a health and safety perspective, adults who choose to lead chemical-free lifestyles are more likely to have children who lead chemical-free lifestyles. Alcohol and tobacco are gateway drugs.
Secondly, the choice of bingo as a source of "stable funds" is similar to the state of California choosing the lottery. The state PTA opposed the lottery. We teach our children by example and by educating them to avoid risks and assess benefits.