Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Union Leader - Robert Philbrick: Milford arrests show hypocrisy of NH gambling laws - Monday, Jul. 9, 2007

Union Leader - Robert Philbrick: Milford arrests show hypocrisy of NH gambling laws - Monday, Jul. 9, 2007:
"Thank goodness we don't have to worry about Doug Bianchi and Artie Gagnon preying upon hapless gambling addicts any longer. Their reign of lawlessness and illicit activities is finally at an end. After all, as Mr. Metcalf warns, '. . . gambling is not a victimless crime, because addicts don't just hurt themselves', and '. . . instead of supporting their families, they are playing video poker or engaging in other forms of illegal gambling.'
Of course, they could, instead, participate in the legal, 'good gambling' sanctioned by the state of New Hampshire, in the form of Powerball, Megabucks, myriad scratch ticket games, etc., at the convenience store not 50 paces from the 'bad gambling' video games the same state agents tell us are illegal, immoral and harmful to families.
In the room next to the den of iniquity at the Harley-Sanford VFW post, you can spend your paycheck on 50-cent 'pull-tabs,' another legalized gambling game the state of New Hampshire happily takes its cut from."
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