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  • big_mikes Jan 4, 12:24 p.m.

    Good for Roanoke Rapids. Stick it to the NC Supreme Court and Legislators. The bottom line is, the state is running a lottery system which is overt gambling and to tell entrepreneurs that they cant venture into a business to make them money in the same arena as the state is ridiculous and unconstitutional in my eyes.

  • GK N.Ral Jan 4, 12:11 p.m.

    Why doesn't the government surrender, generate some tax revenue from these places and move forward?

  • Grand Union Jan 4, 10:13 a.m.

    "RR should suffer. Why do cities think they should get into private enterprise? The Raleigh Convention center is another example. If these places can make money - someone will build it. The town officials in RR that approved the building should have to reimbuse the city for that mistake."

    Skipped history? There is a long history of Gov. building things to get the economy and industry kick started.....thats how the first railroads in NC got built and how we ended up with RTP. It priming the pump.....and as RR found out it doesn't always work (and theirs was a particularly badly conceived plan to start with....)but thats no reason to not do it.
    The Convention centre is a good example....it likely will never make a profit as a stand alone business but since the city gains in taxation for all the hotel stays and meals etc it is profitable and good for the city overall.

  • Grand Union Jan 4, 9:57 a.m.

    "I don't understand the logic behind bothering these folks."

    It cuts State income from the Lottery because its competition.

    " They're not physically, socially, or economically impacting anyone but themselves."

    How do you know that? Gambling harms lots of people. Its an addiction like drugs.

  • superman Jan 4, 8:25 a.m.

    RR should suffer. Why do cities think they should get into private enterprise? The Raleigh Convention center is another example. If these places can make money - someone will build it. The town officials in RR that approved the building should have to reimbuse the city for that mistake.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 4, 8:25 a.m.

    I don't understand the logic behind bothering these folks. It's a person's free choice to throw away money whether it be on movies, NASCAR (my favorite), hunting, fishing, yard sales, etc.
    If they want to play these video games leave them alone. They're not physically, socially, or economically impacting anyone but themselves.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 4, 8:21 a.m.

    "I have to agree that the law has to be enforced equally. Are not local authorties mandated by law to enforce the law?"
    I agree with you. They are required to enforce the law. BUT, if they allocate manpower to address this issue they will be scorned just as they ar when they try to address marijuana possession/distribution/ or use.

  • anonemoose Jan 3, 7:38 p.m.

    Let's see....The gambling games (even by Myrtle Lee's admission) brings in buku bucks for Roanoke Rapids by paying off the theater, so you know any excuse not to shut them down will work.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 3, 6:58 p.m.

    Don't think it'll work, some have been running these type games for over two years under court order that was shot down by the state court.

  • trekkie13 Jan 3, 6:53 p.m.

    I have to agree that the law has to be enforced equally. Are not local authorties mandated by law to enforce the law? I understand budgetary constraints buy until a federal court were to issue a stay then the NC Supreme Court has ruled on the matter no ifs ands or buts.

  • Terkel Jan 3, 6:09 p.m.

    Sounds as if Hickey's being transparent and cooperative. IMO the parlors are harmless and the State should find better ways to use our resources. But if they're going to be illegal, the law has to be enforced equally. Which is why nuisance laws like this should be scrapped.

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