Editorial comments: Electronic bingo on the ballot?

The following comments were generated from an editorial by FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, which first aired on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

My name is Thomas Dunn, from Pleasant Grove. This issue has been a near and dear issue for me for many years. I'm 72 years old and i've been
gambling for over 50 years in types of gambling all over the United States and Canada. And Alabama should have gambling of all types. There's no
reason for us to carry our money off and give it to somewhere else. To carry it to another state to benefit their tax programs, benefit their schools,
benefit their, whatever they use it for.
The last thing Alabama needs is any type of gambling. Whenever and wherever some form is present, so present are abuse and addiction, and with
those come hungry mouths and broken homes. Innocent unwittingly suffer the widespread effects of an act that doesn't play favorites. Of course
proponents ignore the dark side of gambling and key on financial upswing, as if an influx of money would somehow justify the horrible by-products.
As for a supposed boost from gambling, it's nothing more than a mirage. Need proof? Look no further than gambling-happy Mississippi, a state not
exactly basking in the glory of economic prosperity. You can't dispute facts, and the facts about gambling are awfully hard to swallow.
My name is Wanda from Oxford. When we look at the conditions that our country is in today, thanks to deregulation and our government, we should
question a whole lot of issues before even getting electronic bingo and/or lottery on the ballot to vote for. We should have a committee of concerned
citizens working to hash out all of these issues.

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