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