Alabama's VictoryLand shuts down everything 3 days after casino...

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VictoryLand, Alabama's largest gambling business, has closed its hotel, restaurants and dog track in Shorter.
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gabriel irvin

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as a registered republican who belives in FREEDOM, bob riley has lost my support forever.
jsn1974

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he never had mine.......
LavenderLace

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Their games aren't legal, not if they're the same "bingo" games that Victoryland has. Slot machines are still slot machines, regardless of whether they have a bingo emblem on them or not.
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Why is this state so against the lottery and casinos? The schools are down the tubes, the roads
are getting worse and the taxes are rising. The
church needs to stop running this state. Get your
heads out of the sand. WE ARE SURROUNDED BY
GAMBLING STATES. People are spending their money
in other states, which could benefit Alabama. It's
our money if we want to spend it gambling and the
state has no right to say different. Or should I
say the church!!!
LavenderLace

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T-Girl, I hope you weren't talking to me. I never said I was against the lottery and casinos; in fact, I'm very much FOR a lottery (not so much casinos, but that's just me personally). The fact is,however, that gambling and casinos are, at this moment, illegal! If we want these things, then the law should be changed to allow for them. What good are laws if they're not enforced, even if it means people can't immediately have what they want? Put it to a vote, I say.
T-Girl

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LavenderLace: Not you or anyone else. I agree,
the law is the law, but enough is enough. Just sick
and tired of listening to how bad the schools are.
Do something or shut up about it. Yes, the lottery
and casinos would get my vote, including bingo.
This state needs something to create jobs, tax money for schools, etc. Sorry if I offended you.
C Phil

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I think that is my business what i do with my money. I know the churches are against it but if you win will the church refuse to take it NO NO I have saved so i can enjoy things. but the goverment says No
Huntsville Native

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I fully agree with and support the SEPARATION of church and state. I think the founding fathers did as well.

When will government realize that it cannot legislate morality?

Since: Feb 10

Owens Cross Roads, AL

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Feb 6, 2010
 
With the recent closing of these businesses - in addition to wasting huge sums of the AL taxpayer's money on 'raids'.... Riley is now the sole owner of ALL the negative impacts to the people and the State - hundreds of people on unemmployment, negative impact of the loss of payroll tax revenues to the State, negative imact to the restaurant, gas station, hotel, food services, janitorial, and utility (especially Alabama Power) industries all to coddle his (Riley's) personal agenda and his son's law firm's revenues compliments of the AL taxpayer. Come on AL legislature - get off the bench - let the people vote !!!

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Owens Cross Roads, AL

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With the recent closing of these businesses - in addition to wasting huge sums of the AL taxpayer's money on 'raids'.... Riley is now the sole owner of ALL the negative impacts to the people and the State - hundreds of people on unemployment, negative impact of the loss of payroll tax revenues to the State, negative impact to the supporting restaurant, gas station, hotel, food services, janitorial, and utility (especially Alabama Power) industries - all to coddle his (Riley's) personal agenda and his son's law firm's revenues compliments of the AL taxpayer. Come on AL legislature - get off the bench - let the people vote !!!
LavenderLace

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"With the recent closing of these businesses - in addition to wasting huge sums of the AL taxpayer's money on 'raids'.... Riley is now the sole owner of ALL the negative impacts to the people and the State - hundreds of people on unemployment, negative impact of the loss of payroll tax revenues to the State, negative impact to the supporting restaurant, gas station, hotel, food services, janitorial, and utility (especially Alabama Power) industries"

Wrong. Riley is not the "sole owner" of all the negative impact. For those of you who haven't been paying attention, the two establishments in question were running ILLEGAL gambling operations. They shouldn't have been running as long as they were, and the only thing that's happened now is that the law is being enforced. Yes, I believe the taxpayers should be able to vote on whether they want or don't want gambling establishments in the state of Alabama. I personally would vote for it. But until the law is changed, gambling is still ILLEGAL, and if people want a state lottery and gambling casinos here, then the law needs to be CHANGED, not ignored.
Lucy Auchmutey

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I think they should be closed. The law is the law. I live in Ga and just about every convenience store here have illegal gambling machines. I would love to see everyone of them burned. the people that play these machine are poor and go from pay check to pay check. They lose their entire pay checks every week. Vote them out Please.
Debbie Walker

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I think is is absolutely absurd the closure of Victoryland. People are going to gamble no matter what. Now, people are out of jobs only adding the strugging economy. People are just going to take there money across state lines and continue to gamble. Gambling is a choice, if they are not spending an establishment then they will be gambling behind closed doors. Since this has happened why not shut down bingo played at the local churches and raid the homes of citizens playing Texas Holdem. Absolutly retarded!
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Debbie Walker wrote:
I think is is absolutely absurd the closure of Victoryland. People are going to gamble no matter what. Now, people are out of jobs only adding the strugging economy. People are just going to take there money across state lines and continue to gamble. Gambling is a choice, if they are not spending an establishment then they will be gambling behind closed doors. Since this has happened why not shut down bingo played at the local churches and raid the homes of citizens playing Texas Holdem. Absolutly retarded!
Debbie, don't forget green track, to me it's no different than the others.
Watchdog

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Feb 7, 2010
 
Now that Riley and Tyson is closing the few entertainment bingo parlors across Alabama which were paying up to $1000 revenue a year on each machine for tax purpose and winners were having to pay state tax on winnings. With all this loss of revenue, I guess the only thing left is to start taxing the churches in Alabama. Do you think the legalize gambling bill would pass in November?
Lucy Auchmutey

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PLEASE KEEP IT CLOSED
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Feb 9, 2010
 
Mr. Milt McGregor your comments that Bob Riley should stop before somebody gets hurt, sound more like a threat than a comment. By the way most people just plays Bingo and goes home they do not need a million dollar hotel to stay over. Milt, Milt, the poor people of Alabama and Georgia have already been hurt .
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I think shorter casion should stay colsed because they was takeing to much of poor people money the michines were not paying off just taking money from people
Carol T

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tHIS ISNT RIGHT OPEN IT BACK OPEN. pEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SPEND THEIR MONIES ANYWAY THEY WANT TO WHATS THE PROBLEM THE INDIANS DO IT
Claudia

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The people should have a vote in Alabama if they want casinos or not. They are now dictated to by the governor what is good for the state in regards to gambling. Not only will this be good for the state by revenue gained but also jobs and tourism. Go to Miss. Gulf and see all the car tags from Alabama and Georgia. Miss. is getting all the dollars. Let the people vote.

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