May 11, 2011

Letters to the editor, May 11, 2011
Many missteps in bin Laden operation

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Osama bin Laden is shown in a 1998 file photo. Readers object to multiple aspects of the campaign to kill him.

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The days following 9/11 brought images of celebration of the radical Muslims throughout the world, with dancing in the streets and shouts of joy at the atrocity brought upon the United States. This upset me as much as the atrocity of 9/11.

Well, as we all know, or at least we're told, the monster who planned the attack on our country, Osama bin Laden, is dead, and I, for one, am glad. There is no place in the world for monsters like him.

What disturbs me about the killing of bin Laden are the images of my fellow Americans celebrating, dancing in the streets and shouting for joy at his demise. Through these actions, we find ourselves no better than those who followed the monster bin Laden.

I believe we, as a nation, are better than that. Don't you?

Robert Brandenstein

Buxton

Attacking online poker direct assault on freedom

Recently the Department of Justice arrested owners of the top online poker sites on money laundering charges. The end result of the arrests and the $3 billion in fines to come is to now limit online poker access to American citizens.

To make it clear, playing poker online is not illegal, it is the transfer of money from a banking institution to an online gambling site which is illegal, and it became that way when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed in 2006.

How was the UIGEA passed? It was put into a Port Safety Act minutes before the bill was signed and with a very limited number of people even knowing it existed in that bill.

If online poker was legalized, governed and taxed in the United States, it likely would bring in more than $40 billion over the next 10 years. Poker sites, poker players and even government officials have been pushing for close to a decade asking for this, as it would lead to a safer way to play, but the government has mostly just put the issue on the back burner.

Isn't the United States all about freedoms? What kind of freedom is this where we aren't allowed to play poker on three of the safest online poker sites from our homes because of this government?

Professional online poker players already claim their winnings on their taxes, but now most of them will move out of the country because it is their main source of income.

With this economy already as bad as it is, this government is now taking jobs and extra income away from its citizens and forcing those citizens to go to a country that is true to its freedoms.

Good going, America, how about you learn to practice what you preach?

Shaun Poland

Buxton

 

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