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Rethink Dog, Horse Racing

January 12, 2014

State government’s “take” from gambling at West Virginia’s four racetracks, including those in Wheeling and Chester, has decreased as casinos opened in surrounding states during recent years....

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Jan-12-14 12:53 AM


Legislators should take heed of this editorial. The fabricated premise that initiated handing millions of dollars in subsidy was the claim that it would improve the quality of dogs, hence increase the (handle) amount of money wagered. When in fact, wagering has steadily declined at the racetracks and is lower today than it ever was. While we struggle with budget woes, Dog breeders and horsemen continue to pocket millions.

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Jan-12-14 9:51 AM

Vega, I have to ask what kind of subsidy do you get from the NR for agreeing with Myer the liar? Go backwards to go forward! That's the big lie about conservatism. They tell us it's a;; about money, but it's really about shoving their Victorian morality down our throats.

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Jan-12-14 10:39 AM

gaming was going to reduce our tax liability, 30 years and still waiting!

Legalize marijuana, is the next reduction program.....

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Jan-12-14 6:42 PM

Well. here it is the bi monthly rant of Myers and his crusade to end racing. Of course, without any facts, studies or explanation of the mechanisms that were all agreed to long ago to let out od state casino interests rob hard working local people. Why is there never an article about where these casino owners live? Where their head offices are located? Why not facts about the many, many jobs that are created by the racing industry? What about the effect on other businesses like, fence companies, veterinarians, truck sales, feed companies and on and on? Why not mention what an incredibly small percentage of the State's budget goes to racing? Why not an article about how every year (month) you try to help these out of State casino owners? Why not an article about how they pulled the wool over our eyes promising table games jobs that they've now terminated for automated table games? Anyone play the giant auto roulette game at Wheeling Island? Keeping making a mess, Myers.

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Jan-12-14 6:48 PM

And Vega, handle is up at WV greyhound tracks, but its wagering from computers and phones that happens now. No one dares go to live racing due to the removal of services by track management so that they can say to legislators that racing is dead and "live" handle is down-let us just have casino gaming with no employees and just robots to rob people. Close the first floor, close the restaurants, cut the coupons and rebates, cut boxing, cut live shows, cut cleaning staff. Gee, wonder why no one wants to go to Wheeling Island? Oh wait, it's the economy and competition-that's right! Maybe it's Obama?

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Jan-13-14 4:28 AM

Legal6, You sound like a commercial for gambling! LOL

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Jan-13-14 3:34 PM

Dying: I'm completely against gambling, but if we're going to have it, I'd rather have the sport of racing and it's jobs than the thievery of slots and table games.

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