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Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Thursday, April 15, 2004

SAYING NO TO GAMBLING PROFITS 

This letter sent in response to Journal Editorial April 14/04

As a regular reader and a dyed-in-the-wool old Protestant, I appreciate your giving editorial space to what the Knights of Columbus have done about gambling under the pretext of charity. I am, however, deeply disappointed that whoever wrote the editorial paid such scant attention to the reality of where gambling funds actually come from. I'm sure that it was the intention of the Knights of Columbus to take a stand against the use and abuse of people's illusion that you can get rich quick when, in fact, all gambling profits come from the losses of people, most of whom, almost certainly need that money for more worthwhile purposes including things like food rent and children's clothes.

To quote our Premier as a guide to responsible behavior is like quoting the President of a tobacco company on the merits of smoking as a contributor to good health. If gambling is really just entertainment and not a source of funds his government uses to buy votes then why is his government so involved in promoting gambling? Because they care about charity? As they say, give me a break!

I suggest someone at the Journal look up Hansard to see how our Premier justifies pouring money into horse racing while short changing school children and raising fees for elder care.

Just thought I'd let you know the impression of a life long service provider.

Sincerely A. Blair McPherson

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