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Friday, March 17, 2006

The Passing Parade: On gambling and respecting our fellows...

Excerpted from this post at The Passing Parade

The Iowa Legislature, in banning the TouchPlay machines, did the right thing -- the respectful thing. Respectful, that is, of the views of the substantial minority of Iowans who don't want gambling at all. Putting slots in grocery stores, gas stations and such is pretty much rubbing their nose in it. Not good for the body politic. I happen to think the strict no-gambling people are wrong. None of anybody's business if I want to gamble now and then. Should be able to so without worrying about getting arrested for something that's nobody's business except mine. That's the way it is -- there're three casinos within 15 minutes of my house; nobody in the state is more than 90 minutes or so from one. (Fill up with gas before you go in.)

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