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Letter: OTBs should be run privately

An unidentified man reads a betting sheet in

An unidentified man reads a betting sheet in front of the Nassau OTB branch on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square on Oct. 18, 2011. Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

The question shouldn't be where off-track betting agencies will open video game parlors, but why ["OTB won't take casino plans to town," News, March 23]?

The Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. is bankrupt, and Nassau OTB also has problems. So why are we allowing them to stay in business so they can drive the video gaming business bankrupt? OTB was supposed to support state education; now all it supports is political patronage jobs. Privatize it, and it will show a profit.

Bob Boccafola, St. James


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