Gambling away education

My compliments to the author of the Cover Story ``Taking a Chance on Education,'' Aug. 16, for an excellent report on the pros and cons of gambling, specifically lottery gambling.

It is doubtful that any type of state lottery has a viable effect on negating the tremendous cost of educational programs, even though various state legislatures approve such a system to raise revenues.

What each state seems not to take into consideration when it promotes a lottery is the toll such a lottery extracts from a family income - already in financial jeopardy due to the country's economic conditions - not to mention the absolute negative impact that gambling has upon our society. Roy Burch, Glendale, Calif.

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