Curbing Gambling

Never mind the millions of dollars and thousands of jobs that slot machines provide.

Leaders in Kanawha County want legislators to curb or even eliminate video lottery machines across the state. But that may be easier said than done.

Anthony Sparachane says eliminating lottery parlors could cripple state and county finances, and hurt families who depend on the jobs they create. He is the head of the West Virginia Amusement & Limited Video Lottery Association.

But Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says the money's not the point. The parlors target local residents, many of whom can least afford to gamble.

He wants the state to stop issuing new licenses or persuade lawmakers to allow voters to decide whether to repeal the 2001 law that allowed limited video lottery. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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