Bad bets in Ghana

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “One-armed ban­dits rob vil­lages of hope,” Aug. 8

The Times pub­lishes an ar­ti­cle lament­ing the neg­a­tive ef­fect of gam­bling on the poor peo­ple in Ghana. Isn't this ex­actly what the state lotteries are do­ing in Amer­ica? I think the lotteries are clearly a “tax on the poor.” Many buy­ers of lot­tery tick­ets are des­per­ate peo­ple who should rather be spend­ing that money on the ne­ces­si­ties of life. Our state per­pet­u­ates this stupid spend­ing by run­ning ads say­ing some­thing about "be­lieve in some­thing big­ger," and show­ing peo­ple grasp­ing for a lucky ball fall­ing from the sky. Bet­ter we should be telling peo­ple to work hard and per­se­vere to get ahead in this world. Very sad that Cal­i­for­nia pro­motes luck rather than hon­est ef­fort. Bob Har­bicht, Ar­ca­dia

Noah Fowler For The Times

VIL­LAGERS in ru­ral Ghana dis­play Chi­nese slot ma­chines, which ap­pear to have caused a gam­bling epi­demic.

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