Archived Story

Euphemisms can’t cover up gambling

Published 9:24am Thursday, May 23, 2013

If it looks like gambling and sounds like gambling then it is gambling.

Thankfully the Ohio Legislature saw it that way approving a law that would ban Internet cafes and sweepstakes houses in the state. Now the measure just requires Gov. John Kasich’s signature, something that is expected to happen in the near future.

Putting more than 600 operations out of business isn’t something that should ever be taken lightly. But, under the current laws, these cafes are nothing more than illegal gambling operations.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, “Law enforcement, including Attorney General Mike DeWine, have argued that the largely cash operations would be nearly impossible to regulate, and some are home to other illegal activity such as money laundering.”

The lottery is regulated. Gambling operations by charitable organizations are closely scrutinized. It took a vote by citizens to allow casinos to be built here.

So, with all these guidelines in place, why should a classification of businesses be allowed to operate because they have found an arguable grey area in law?

Many of the cafe supporters are motivated by personal agendas and their own self preservation. Greed certainly plays its role, too.

The Tribune believes it is possible for people with a variety of points of view to discuss issues in a civil manner and will remove comments that, in our opinion, foster incivility. We want to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas. Responsibility for what is posted or contributed to this site is the sole responsibility of each user. By contributing to this website, you agree not to post any defamatory, abusive, harassing, obscene, sexual, threatening or illegal material, or any other material that infringes on the ability of others to enjoy this site, or that infringes on the rights of others. Any user who feels that a contribution to this website is a violation of these terms of use is encouraged to email, or click the "report comment" link that is on all comments. We reserve the right to remove messages that violate these terms of use and we will make every effort to do so — within a reasonable time frame — if we determine that removal is necessary.

Editor's Picks

Apple butter on sale to benefit Shop With a Cop

SOUTH POINT — Law enforcement agencies in Lawrence County have kicked off the annual apple butter fundraiser for the Shop With a Cop program. Every year, ... Read more