Well, Gov. Rendell must be happy. Two of his favorite tax targets – gamblin’ and smokin’ – are on the rise in the Christmas City.

One addiction feeds another. Addiction experts know that. And we who fight gambling expansion have warned about that. But today’s “news” is that smokers gamble more, so the Sands Casino will take advantage of that! Bethlehem’s Sands casino will be maxing out their smoking area to the state max of 50% of floor space.

So much for last year’s public smoking debates and this year’s budget woes for social services funding. The House (Casino) never loses.