Harrah’s should not have a monopoly

To the Editor:

Regarding the editor’s article, “It’s time to approve dealers at Harrah’s casino” (SMN, Sept. 7-13), I agree the time is now for the North Carolina to approve live dealers. This could be a win-win situation for both the Cherokee and the state.

Live dealers would supposedly increase Harrah’s revenue which would mean more money for the Cherokee and increased job opportunities. Plus, if the state were to get a cut of the new revenue generated from the dealer-approved gambling, the state would also benefit.

Of course gambling (whether at casinos or the state lottery) can be an addiction to some people, just like alcohol and cigarettes. The user will satisfy their vices somehow or somewhere. In my opinion the answer is not to ban these choices or vices.

However, I disagree that Cherokee should have the sole privilege or monopoly on gambling. Competition is a good thing. I also believe video poker should be allowed throughout the state. I am a military veteran and it is the video gambling that keeps the veteran private clubs (i.e. American Legion, VFW, etc.) open and operating. Our veterans (and their families) have earned and deserve a club where they can go for camaraderie.

So now is the time to address gambling not only at Cherokee, but throughout the state. Bottom line is gambling is gambling, whether at Harrah’s, state lottery, or video gambling throughout the state and can be a source of revenue to benefit the majority.

Ron Rookstool

Maggie Valley

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