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It's been 10 years since we have had any statistics on where the money and problems with gambling and the lottery have brought us in Montana, according to the posted (and final) report on the gambling Web site. I feel literally ill about what personal issues it has had on me and family members. Another ill is the realization of how the industry has failed in its "service" and that the so-called funds are for "education" (general funding) and jobs!

The people I have spoken with make minimum wage with no chance of wage increase. I sympathize with the Tavern Association and have paid my dues there also. California is passing some radical laws designed to save lives, yet we are allowing ourselves to pay lip service to an industry that is obviously destructive and to look the other way at the white elephant, covering it with legal jargon about limits, funds going to educate our youth about the fund generating smoking tax, liquor tax and income tax, tax, tax.

In my opinion, this industry could go away along with the clean-air act. It obviously has enough money to afford lobbyists. Ten years is enough. Let's open our eyes and review this again.

Rick Brodston

Billings

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