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Video gaming issue needs more public opinion and review

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To the editor:

I have kept my opinions to myself during this period for which the city has been contemplating the video gambling issue. However, I believe it is now time to speak my mind regarding this issue.

Video machines offer entertainment. A few dollars can provide several hours of entertainment. Whereas, lottery tickets for the same amount spent will provide only a few moments of hope and then heartbreak.

How are the video gaming machines any different than buying lottery tickets?

Whether it's lottery, cigarettes, alcohol, gambling in a casino or putting money in a video game, the decision should be left up to the individual person, not the local government. Place age limits on the video gaming, just as there is on all other available "vices," but don't presume to tell us, as a public, what you believe is best for us. We should be able to make our own decisions on how to spend our hard-earned money. It is our money and we are the ones who earned it.

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Government really needs to step back and worry about more important items on the agenda, not worry about how we as citizens spend the money we earned working, which also pays taxes that support this city and state.

One additional note: One meeting for the public is not a consensus of how the entire city feels regarding this issue. Perhaps additional meetings or an actual vote should be looked at. The people at the meeting were very biased toward one side or the other. The city council should get a better idea of what the actual citizens of Lincoln and Logan County feel about this matter, not just take the opinions of the very few who happened to be at the meeting.

Christie Huskins

[Posted June 29, 2012]

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