This is a letter I have wanted to write for some time.
An executive of the Lacey Chamber of Commerce has been accused of stealing from the chamber. I don’t know her, but feel deep pity for anyone with a gambling addiction.
From the time when the lottery came to Washington, I have feared it was only a beginning to card rooms and gambling casinos. This is a psychological addiction where counseling has been shown to help the addict – similar to, but not the same as, alcoholism and drug addictions.
Both of these are not only psychological but physiologic addictions. These people all need help, but having the availability of casinos and lottery tickets make it difficult to help these folks.
I doubt that prison will help as upon their release the first place they go is the bar or the casino.
I sincerely hope these people will ask for help as it is available in the state of Washington.