History does repeat
I’m glad you asked me. Years ago in the 40’s I experienced slot machines everywhere. Every Mom & Pop store, gas station, restaurant, social club, fire company etc. had at least three for the general public, usually for a nickel, dime and quarter. There were times I went in a Mom & Pop store well intentioned to buy a nickel candy bar when I had a nickel, which was not often. Seeing the slot I visualized the chances of putting my nickel in the slot and wonder of wonders I’d win the amount of 10 candy bars. Ask me how many time did I leave the store chewing on one of ten candy bars? None — the slot ate my nickel.
Why is the Pennsylvania legislature banking on income from slots? For me the answers is simple — avoid biting the bullet for one more budget year. After all every elect official state or federal has the vision of another re-election. How can this be done without taxes to spend in their elected district? What do you mean? Read the paper — a grant to the fire company, a bridge for the town, paving a street, books for the library, something for the public school on and on it goes. It’s grant money! Where does grant money come from?
It’s your tax dollar returned to you in a different form but never the form of lowering your taxes. Now I’m betting, only on a sure thing, the slot will take not nickels, dimes or quarters; I’m betting on maybe starting at 25 cents, 50 cent, dollars that can be played this way and that way until one does have milk money for the kid.
Is gambling an addiction like alcohol, drugs, food, smoking? You bet. Way to go, Legislature, increasing the problem in the home, school and the courts. By the way, are punch boards coming along with the slots or are these next year’s balancer of the budget?
John T. Kovich
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