REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Gambling raids a bad bet

Eight local police departments and the state police collaborated on a two-month investigation of area gambling businesses and shut t
Sandusky Register Staff
May 13, 2010

Eight local police departments and the state police collaborated on a two-month investigation of area gambling businesses and shut them down. But police cannot provide any information about what led to the investigation, we find out later, because the complaints they received were from people who did not want to be identified.

That reasoning ought to give every citizen pause: Police raid area businesses based on secret complaints.

Law enforcement agencies are charged with upholding the laws of the state, and we understand that Ohio's gambling laws are archaic, confusing and out-of-date. That puts law enforcement in the very difficult position of enforcing disjointed rules that allow the state to sponsor gambling through lotteries and also allow some businesses to benefit from the vice while others cannot.

But dedicating extensive manpower to a lengthy investigation based on anonymous complaints -- where it remains unclear who was victimized -- strikes us as a waste of resources given the number of unsolved real crimes where real victims are robbed of health, wealth and life. It also sets a dangerous precedent of allowing police action without a clear and convincing purpose or need.

In Ohio it is also illegal for a bartender to serve alcohol to an intoxicated patron. We suspect that this law is broken routinely in bars and taverns throughout the area. Will the police now be shutting down these businesses if they receive anonymous complaints? Will they be selective in which businesses are allowed to stay open and which are closed?

Comments

Richard Bebb

Ok enough we get it the Register doesn't like police blah blah blah blah blah same ol' story.

I hope that they are not ignorant to think that the police set up multiple raids based SOLEY on anonymous tips. Those tips likely lead to investigations, undercover most likely, in which multiple agencies got involved because of the multitude of jurisdictions that were involved.

And as far as your bartender analogy, ever heard of the liquor control commission, thats not even a police issue. Hahahaha I would love to know who is the genius who signed off on this "viewpoint".

Cityslicker

It bet my bottom dollar if those raids were orchestrated by the old McClung/Nuesse raid team everything would have been just fine, and would have gained nothing but praise from the SR staff.

Yadayadayada

It is winter. This investigation was warm-work.
The police boat has not arrived.
What, pray tell are the police supposed to be doing?
Enforcing compliance with the Sunshine Law?

Anonymous

Its amazing to me that billions in American paychecks go towards establishing free and open elections halfway around the planet, yet it is seems to be a brand new idea right here in America.

Anonymous

With no significant difference between the Republicrats and the Demublicans, I'm glad to see Ohioans now have a choice in November. Bob Barr 2008.

Winston Smith

Glad to see it.

I've voted Libertarian since 1992. I’ve written 'em in even when they weren't on the ballot.

Too bad the powers that be won't allow Mr. Barr into the national presidential debates. He'd ask Dumb and Dumber the REAL TOUGH QUESTIONS.

One of the best two time Libertarian presidential candidates was the late Harry Browne. He was knowledgeable, an author and a real gentleman.

Anonymous

I cannot for the life of me understand this "herd thinking" of many common people who either don't vote or vote "Republicrat" simply because they think only these candidates have a chance to win.

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or an independent I urge you to try something new this year...

Ask yourself if you are happy with the two major party candidates. Then ask yourself if you are for big government in your life or small government. If both answers are "no" then vote for Bob Barr.

You will have made a very strong statement for once with your vote!

Anonymous

Ohioans might not have this problem if the bipartisan War Party stopped cheating the voters out of fair elections and adopted ranked-choice voting to eliminate the so-called "spoiler problem."

The Republicans and Democrats shouldn't be rewarded for rigging the vote ... so vote your conscience and encourage the politicos to play it straighter next time.

www.fairvote.org

Winston Smith

Years ago, on a radio talk show, the late Libertarian Party candidate Harry Browne, gave me, a history student, an interesting perspective that I had never heard even in my college history classes or my other readings.

Mr. Browne said that if the U.S. had not entered WW1 that the odds were favorable that WW2 (at least in Europe) would not have occurred.

Because the U.S. entered ‘The Great War,’ we upset the balance of power, which in turn helped to set up the dynamics for the next war.

President Washington in his Farewell Address warned his nascent country about ‘entangling alliances.’ Isolationism was an acceptable policy of this country for decades. Perhaps it’s way past time to revisit it.

Anonymous

Thanks for this story.
[Editorial item: The writer or editor should change "an affect" to "an effect" in both the first and fifth paragraphs.]

Anonymous

spellchecker = blog rat!! Good job dolt.

Tom Jackson

Berferd is correct, and the mistake has been fixed in the copy. Reader comments do have the effect of affecting what we do...

Anonymous

Much better article today Mr. Jackson. Apologies if I wasn't as tactful as I should have been regarding the polling story, although I don't consider myself a critic. I just didn't think that mentioning the Rasmussen poll without the Public Policy poll was complete (a dueling Ohio polls story would have been more interesting anyway). Enough of that though, it will be interesting to see how vigorous a campaign Bob Barr will run, and what, if any, impact it will have on the race in Ohio and elsewhere.

Anonymous

Its amazing to me that billions in American paychecks go towards establishing free and open elections halfway around the planet, yet it is seems to be a brand new idea right here in America.

Anonymous

With no significant difference between the Republicrats and the Demublicans, I'm glad to see Ohioans now have a choice in November. Bob Barr 2008.

Winston Smith

Glad to see it.

I've voted Libertarian since 1992. I’ve written 'em in even when they weren't on the ballot.

Too bad the powers that be won't allow Mr. Barr into the national presidential debates. He'd ask Dumb and Dumber the REAL TOUGH QUESTIONS.

One of the best two time Libertarian presidential candidates was the late Harry Browne. He was knowledgeable, an author and a real gentleman.

Anonymous

I cannot for the life of me understand this "herd thinking" of many common people who either don't vote or vote "Republicrat" simply because they think only these candidates have a chance to win.

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or an independent I urge you to try something new this year...

Ask yourself if you are happy with the two major party candidates. Then ask yourself if you are for big government in your life or small government. If both answers are "no" then vote for Bob Barr.

You will have made a very strong statement for once with your vote!

Anonymous

Ohioans might not have this problem if the bipartisan War Party stopped cheating the voters out of fair elections and adopted ranked-choice voting to eliminate the so-called "spoiler problem."

The Republicans and Democrats shouldn't be rewarded for rigging the vote ... so vote your conscience and encourage the politicos to play it straighter next time.

www.fairvote.org

Winston Smith

Years ago, on a radio talk show, the late Libertarian Party candidate Harry Browne, gave me, a history student, an interesting perspective that I had never heard even in my college history classes or my other readings.

Mr. Browne said that if the U.S. had not entered WW1 that the odds were favorable that WW2 (at least in Europe) would not have occurred.

Because the U.S. entered ‘The Great War,’ we upset the balance of power, which in turn helped to set up the dynamics for the next war.

President Washington in his Farewell Address warned his nascent country about ‘entangling alliances.’ Isolationism was an acceptable policy of this country for decades. Perhaps it’s way past time to revisit it.

Anonymous

Thanks for this story.
[Editorial item: The writer or editor should change "an affect" to "an effect" in both the first and fifth paragraphs.]

Anonymous

spellchecker = blog rat!! Good job dolt.

Tom Jackson

Berferd is correct, and the mistake has been fixed in the copy. Reader comments do have the effect of affecting what we do...

Anonymous

Much better article today Mr. Jackson. Apologies if I wasn't as tactful as I should have been regarding the polling story, although I don't consider myself a critic. I just didn't think that mentioning the Rasmussen poll without the Public Policy poll was complete (a dueling Ohio polls story would have been more interesting anyway). Enough of that though, it will be interesting to see how vigorous a campaign Bob Barr will run, and what, if any, impact it will have on the race in Ohio and elsewhere.