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State lawmakers consider ban against Internet cafes

January 20, 2013

State lawmakers returning to work this month are facing the same dilemma about Internet cafes they did last year: What to do with them....

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Jan-20-13 10:45 AM

I have yet to see a good reason why the state should be involved in the gambling business. If the people of Ohio believe that there is nothing wrong with gambling, then let the free market prevail! No state regulation, limits, or fees are necessary. Competition among businesses wanting to separate gamblers from their money, and basic anti fraud laws will self regulate the industry. The state's income and sales taxes, already on the books, will insure that it gets its share of the revenue.

The only warning the state should mandate is that every parlor or machine have a large sign saying, "PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK!"

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Jan-20-13 11:15 AM

money, money, money, money, money, money, money . . .

It seems to be the only word that politicians really understand.

If it can't be taxed, or if some sort of usury(sp), fee can't be attached, then it can't be any good.

If it's generally bad(as gambling generally is), and can generate money for politicians(or something in the political spectrum . . . like, or similar to a tax), then politicians always seem to be able to figure out a justification.

I agree . . . if gambling is bad, do away with it.

If it's not bad, then let the free market control it.

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Jan-20-13 11:20 AM

I tend to agree. I'm not in favor of throwing away my money on gambling, but before anyone suggests making it illegal, just take a look a Prohibition. All that did was make organized crime figures like Al Capone rich. I'm sure organized crime is standing there, saying, yeah, go ahead, make it illegal, we will happily step in and fill the void.

I remember my grandparents telling me stories of how people "played the number" or "played the bug" through your local mob before the Ohio lottery began. I don't hear about stuff like that today.

My point is that anything made illegal, whether gambling, drugs, prostitution, etc, will be supplied by organized crime. Therefore the politicians must weigh exactly how detrimental the vice is to society before outlawing it.

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Jan-20-13 1:38 PM

"State lawmakers returning to work this month..."

Talk about your "part-time job, full-time pay" fleecing, lol.


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Jan-20-13 3:41 PM

Good point Bear, I'm against the State becoming involved due to the reasons you listed. I'm also against the State coming in decimating a livelihood & jobs created by these businesses. Again we have investors who have formed a business plan, obtained financing, have the proper licensing, paid the necessary extor, I mean fee's to operate legally and the moment these businesses break even and show profit potential here come the gangst, I mean State, County & City searching for ways to muscle in, tax, outlaw, and harass these folks out of their right to earn a living.

Just like the Asian Spa business these are all informed consenting adults deciding to spend their money on what they individually have determined to be entertainment for them. As with the Spas I find it curious that most of these cafe's are in Warren. Demonstrating perhaps folks in the area have disposable income? As long as these places do not have disturbances requiring Police intervention, let them earn a living

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Jan-20-13 5:22 PM

Once again, lawmakers focus on activities that should take a back seat to the real problems evident our communities: crimes against people, e.g., the drug trade, robberies, home invasions, shootings, and anything that threatens law-obiding citizens who just want to live in a civil society. This is akin to the efforts put forth to shut down SPAs. Don't tell us about task forces and your plans to address the violence - show us!

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Jan-20-13 7:55 PM

These businesses create major hardship for the underprivileged falling victim to the "get rich quick" scheme. However, if the state is going to allow casinos and race tracks then it's all ready seasoned to support other gambling establishments. The answer is revenue to the state coffers and the people pretty much fall behind that priority. The damage far out weighs the benefits involved with any type of legalized gambling. You will have those that argue its better than the money going to W.V. but Ohio with out any gambling establishments would be more beneficial to all whom gambling is going to affect.

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Jan-21-13 12:05 AM

How about they focus on the shootings, the drugs, the hookers, the gang violence and not worry about the gambling.. We can play the lottery which u can play how many games ?? We can play scratch off.. I mean cmon.. And how can u compare "legalized prostitution" with them "Spas" Some people just don't make any sense to me..

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