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To the editor:

I attended the Oct. 12 city council workshop meeting and wish to convey my appreciation to Anita Bedell of ILCAAAP for coming and alerting us to a very grave danger that absolutely will come to our community unless we take action to prevent it -- video gambling.

I was impressed with the vast amount of evidence that shows how unbelievably addictive these machines are -- the "crack cocaine" of gambling.

I find it disturbing that one could use a Link card at an ATM to withdraw money for such gambling, while casino ATMs do not accept these cards.

Typically, those who are most susceptible to a get-rich-quick mentality are those who are least able to afford it.

We have limited resources at this point to address the needs of low-income citizens. I can only see a resulting increase in poverty and pain in our city.

One of our citizens would need to lose $100 in order for a benefit of $5 of revenue. And the impending social cost would be three to seven times the revenue (from $15 to $35).

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In other words, we cannot afford video gambling even if we feel it would somehow enhance life in Lincoln.

The State Journal-Register, in its Aug. 11, 2010, editorial, makes additional points as to why this is a "sleazy and unreliable way for the state to finance a capital works program."

This is an issue that is being considered right now in 20 communities and several counties across the state. I trust the city of Lincoln will see the wisdom in exercising the option to ban video gambling and join the other 72 municipalities and four counties in Illinois that have already done so.


Ronald K. Denlinger
Pastor, Lincoln Bible Church

[Posted October 16, 2010]

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See article: City hears warning: Video gambling is addictive


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