‘Silent majority’ opposes lottery

By: - August 11, 2005 5:07 am

Wilmington StarNews Online

EDITOR: Everybody knows that politicians in general cannot take credit for being moralistic, or be blamed for lacking a lust for money.
So it appears that a legalized North Carolina lottery that would regularly withdraw, like a siphon, millions of dollars from the rich and poor alike, is a source of money that is just too bountiful for them to resist.
Accordingly, they are trying hard to justify legalizing a state lottery, such as stating that too many dollars are being lost to neighboring-state lotteries.
They say we need 34 percent of proceeds from a lottery to better educate our children. And they claim that their polls show that our people want a lottery.
They refer to a lottery as a “game.” But a lottery is a form of gambling fashioned from the Mafia’s big-city numbers racket.
The fact that a lot of states have it and our governor has always wanted it doesn’t change gambling from being just as wrong as it has always been.
It is very evident that our “silent majority” cannot be polled.
I trust that most of our citizens would stand up for their moral principles, and vote against legalizing a lottery in North Carolina. …

Lawrence R. Willing Sr.

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Chris Fitzsimon

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