To the Editor:
Tim O’Shaughnessy’s Letter to the Editor published Oct. 5 regarding video gambling in Sycamore’s bars raised two important questions.
First, the pro-video gambling aldermen indicated that the possible annual revenue of approximately $99,000 lacks any verifiable support documentation. Wishful proposals are like putting rocks in a wet paper bag – the bottom falls out. Tim is right when says he wants to “see the math used to derive that number.”
Secondly, Tim is correct that our city government’s role is “ ... to protect its citizens ... “ Prohibiting video gambling is not an effort to legislate morality as some might contend, but rather protecting the customers of Sycamore bars from exploitation. If folks want to gamble, they can go to the nearest casino boat or play the state lottery.
Gambling addiction and its accompanying heartaches were adequately addressed at the City Council meeting by church leaders Bill Landis and Harlene Harden. Sycamore bars do not need to enhance and promote a questionable enterprise. Good for Tim!