, Salem, MA

January 3, 2014

Letter: Why go after the VFW?

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

I recently read an article in The Salem News, dated Dec. 24, in reference to an ongoing investigation regarding gambling at the VFW on Derby Street in Salem. Based on this article, the visit occurred on Saturday night, Dec. 21. The Salem police accompanied members of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

I find it disturbing that men and women who frequent any VFW meeting establishment and are survivors of world conflicts such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other hot spots should be the subject of a gambling investigation.

Regarding these people who lodged this complaint: Are their feelings the same when they enter a variety store and see people playing keno, scratch tickets, etc.? Despite being state-regulated, the bottom line is: it’s gambling. What is wrong with veterans and non-veterans going to any “vets,” having a few drinks, socializing with friends and placing a few dollars on their favorite football team?

I know Salem’s outstanding police force, the men and women who put their lives on the line every day investigating various crimes, are creating a safer environment for the residents of Salem. It is my opinion their focus should be on the kingpins of the gambling world and leave the nickel-and-dime players alone.

Nicholas J. Daley