Just Say No To Changing Mississippi Gaming Laws

We question why our State Senate is trying to change Mississippi's gaming laws which have served us well for the past 18 years.

A bill which has passed the senate would only allow gaming in counties which have already approved casino operations.

It would prohibit any Mississippi river counties and Jackson County here on the coast from considering gaming in the future.

State Senator Tommy Gollott has been quoted as saying he is afraid this is the first move to eliminate gaming in our state.

We hope not, as gaming has brought thousands of jobs to Mississippi and has been a huge economic engine on the Gulf Coast.

Millions of dollars in gaming tax revenue have helped fund many projects in our state as well as here on the coast.

We respect the voters of Jackson County who have rejected gaming in their county.

However, we don't believe the right should be taken away from the residents who might want to reconsider gaming sometime in the future.

Our American economy system is built on competition.

The Senate bill takes that away and limits the economic possibilities in several of our counties.

We urge the state senate to reconsider its vote and hope the house will not consider the bill at all.

Our gaming laws are working well. There is no need for this change.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager