Once again, on the front page of the Opelika-Auburn News there is discussion of the gambling bill that is working its way through the Legislature. I guess our legislators don't want to do any hard work on the budget and make some real and substantial cuts in government waste and duplication of services.
They are willing to sell the soul of Alabama for $250 million and allow the Poarch Creek Indians exclusive rights in gaming.
Alabama will vote but do we really want to change the state song from "Stars Fell on Alabama" to “Viva Las Vegas?” Gambling hurts families, communities and people. It is an addiction that must be fed with ever increasing chance taking to get the same thrill.
It is not harmless entertainment and will ruin the very core values of this state. Changing the Constitution and selling this state out to the highest bidder is not the way to do business.
Our Legislature needs to do their job as they swore to do, uphold the Constitution of Alabama and do the hard things that are needed.