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Trying to regulate gambling would be a bad bet

Government intervention – remember the ‘War on Drugs’? – only makes matters worse, reader contends

I believe that reader Terry Wall's perspective on gambling is misguided (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 9).

Please look at the history of people trying to get the authorities to regulate the public's behavior for activities in which they obviously wish to indulge. Whether gambling, drugs and alcohol or sex, involving the government always ends up with a huge bureaucratic, ineffectual mess, creating a problem worse than the original one. Just look at what the "War on Drugs" has reaped in the U.S.

The fact that someone runs a large legal gambling organization and becomes wealthy is irrelevant, unless it's just a question of being envious of anyone becoming wealthy. Personal responsibility means I choose not to wager more than I can afford to lose. Individual freedom means you can't stop me if I am unwise. But trying to stop me is expensive, intrusive to my freedom, and almost always initiates its own negative side effects of greater illegality.

If you don't wish to gamble and waste your money, don't. I don't.

Robin Dea
Vancouver, Wash.

Just deny, deny, deny, and then win at any cost
I was depressed to read that Patrick Reed’s lawyer is trying to stop Brandel Chamblee from speaking the truth (“In other golf news,” Jan. 9). This is another example of a generational lack of ethics.

What happened to accepting responsibility for one’s own actions?

I agree wholeheartedly that we are seeing a shift away from the traditional self-policing of golfers (one of the things that separates golf from other sports) to a “win at any cost” attitude that goes directly against the spirit of our great game.

Paul Sunderland
Los Angeles

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