Speak Out: Time for an Alabama state lottery
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May 29, 2013 | 3471 views |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I am not a drinker or smoker but I do enjoy playing the lottery, so I go to Georgia or Florida and play — although I would much rather spend my money in the state I call home.

Gov. Robert Bentley signed bills that paved the way for legalizing alcohol sales on Sunday in Anniston and also for home brewing. Well, I have never seen a lottery ticket cause an accident like drinking and driving does. We have had many deaths caused by drunk driving. Why can’t the governor sign a lottery bill like he did the alcohol bill without the public vote? Would the churches have approved the passing of alcohol sales on Sunday if it had come to a public vote?

We have casinos and dog tracks as well as bingo, but we cannot have a lottery. I do not understand this logic. One concern that I have heard is that people will spend their rent or grocery money on tickets. They spend it on alcohol and cigarettes, so how would you stop that?

When Gov. Bentley ran for office he said he would bring the lotto to the people for a vote; I am still waiting. It is time to wake up and realize that millions of our dollars are going to other states and it can be stopped. If we bring the lottery, maybe, just maybe we can eliminate the grocery tax and even the state tax, which is a great burden on the low-income Alabamians. We have seen what the other states have done and the mistakes made — let us make our lottery the best.

Ken Estes
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