|Dear Delegate Stemple|
I must say I was surprised to hear a news tidbit on WCHS 58 Radio
this week - the one about Governor Bob Wise applauding your efforts to
garner support for the legalization of the so-called "gray machines".
didn't realize that you were SO in favor of legalizing gambling in
I look around Calhoun County and simply do not see a lot of these
machines.... maybe here and there in a bar (and we have so many of
those) or store. How come there are so few of them here? Could it be
that the voters of your district don't really care much for the
of gambling? Could it be that the area's populous has better things
do with their hard-earned money?
I for one, sincerely wish you would change your stance on this
bill. WV does not need South Carolina's problems, gambling companies,
or scholarships tied to gambling revenues. The lotteries are enough!
A better funding concept might be to channel some lottery money into
existing state higher education grant, which is based upon need and
grades.... after, of course, every single senior citizens' group in
state has a brand-spanking new building in which to meet, and a fleet
buses in which to travel to and fro. I book about 30,000 miles a year
in my travels around the state, and it looks like this is almost
accomplished. Amend the lottery distribution, don't add new ways to
profit from the citizens' losses.
And, while I (hopefully) have your attention, don't vote to extend
the $.05 per gallon gas tax, either. If Governor Bob's claim (that
highway department would come to a stand still without it) is true,
has to wonder where they have been spending this "match" money in past
years. My understanding was that this particular tax was for Federal
matching funds only. Since that particular federal program has run
why would the highway department NEED this money to operate? Did it
collect more than what was needed for the federal match? Has the DOH
been using these tax dollars for general operating expenses?
We don't need more taxes - we need the state to trim its excess
cut some "fluff", trim some "pork", tighten its belt. Please send a
of the proposed budget to the Hur Herald.... I am sure that the
can make some thoughtful, intelligent suggestions about cutting down