I see Senator Lodge is defending the need for slot machines (I mean historic race machines) to bolster the existence of live horse racing. What is wrong with this picture, besides the fact that slot machines are illegal? Isn’t this a Capitalistic Society?
All my life I have been exposed to the hard facts about capitalism. You take a risk by funding any enterprise. Sometimes you succeed and sometimes you fail.
The horse racing industry was given its own form of gambling with pari-mutuel betting way before any other form of gambling was allowed. If pari-mutuel gambling is not enough, then just let it die.
I did not hear the Mom and Pop grocery stores ask for slot machines when their stores began to fail. They were allowed to die in the face of big box competition. So if horse racing cannot exist on its own, let it die.
I know, I know, this is an agriculture-based entertainment business, and Big Agriculture is used to its own socialistic handouts from the government. They are always first with their hand out.
Let it go. You tried and failed. Let it go.
James Pauls, Eagle