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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
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
How are the video gaming machines any different than buying
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
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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
June 29, 2012]
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