Gaming editorial missed the mark

First Posted: 12/13/2013

This letter is in response to the Akron Beacon Journal editorial appearing in the Dec. 12 The Lima News: “Saturation point on video gaming.

When the state first poked their greedy fingers into charitable gaming, I thought they just wanted a piece of the pie. Now I think they really wanted to eliminate competition. At best it appears to be an example of crony capitalism and at worst blatant corruption.

As the fraternal and veterans groups face diminished revenues from state regulation and “state approved” competition, the beneficiaries of their generosity suffer. I don’t think the Greek firm Intralot will buy band uniforms, grant scholarships, or build park shelters. As for the benefits of Ohio Lottery Commission regulation and oversight, I’d sooner trust the Mafia to give me a square deal.

I would also remind the Journal that the vets, Elks, Moose, etc. were here first. And as they say, “Charity begins at home” not in Columbus or Greece.

Richard Buchanan, Spencerville

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