The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 12, 1997 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, May 12, 1997
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AB MONDAY, MAY 12, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL Taking a C Slot machine operators bet their noncash prizes are legal y PAISLEY DODDS I | I |||l|| III , 1.1i 1 L• , fc, !•••••••••• By PAISLEY DODDS The Associated Press NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Stiff from her long journey west, truck driver Marilyn Cottrell climbs out of her rig, gets change from the truck stop cashier and feeds a $10 bill into the "Cherry Master." She presses a glowing button and the machine spins up a line of cherries, plums and lemons. Another row of assorted fruit sends her back to the cashier for more change. A row of cherries will spit out $500 in tickets, redeemable for gas, honey buns and anything else she can buy at the truck stop. "I'm hoping that I win so I can buy fuel and some eats. But really I just play so I can break up my drive," the 57- year-old Ohio trucker says. What Cottrell doesn't know is that every time she tries for another row of cherries, she's stepping into a dispute over whether the machines are legal. Arkansas is one of three states — the others are Tennessee and Utah — with tight anti-gambling laws that prohibit casino gambling, lotteries and other games of chance — even bingo. The only gambling specifically authorized in Arkansas is at dog- and horse-racing tracks in West Memphis and Hot Springs. A proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed casino gambling in Hot Springs, if local voters approved, was rejected by a 3- to-2 ratio last year. Machine operators believe they've found a way around the law by offering only credit instead of cash. However, even that flies in The Associated Press Marilyn Cottrell, a truck driver, takes a chance at a slot machine at a truck stop off Interstate 40 in Arkansas. Gambling is against the law in Arkansas, but the operators of the slot machine get around the law because the prizes are credit for gasoline and other items instead of cash. the face of the state constitution's definition of lotteries: a chance game that costs money to play and offers either a cash prize or credit. "The Legislature at some point said there is a grouping of devices that are called amusement devices, but if you look at these things they are gambling devices," said Jim DePriest, an assistant attorney general. "They are illegal. It's plain and simple. And the people who have the machines and the people who play the ma- chines are technically breaking the law," he said. But DePriest says that unless police departments view the games as a problem, it is unlikely that anything will ever be done. "I would think the amount of money being spent would be a key thing," DePriest says. Store owners agree. "The biggest credit we've ever issued was for $980," says Patty Davidson, manager of a gas station in Fayetteville. "Yesterday, we did $115 worth of winnings. We deposit about anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000 a month. Most people buy electronics and cigarettes." Anti-gambling activists say they are bad news. "I'm totally against these things," says Gary Stevens, 36, a truck driver from San Anto- nio.Larry Page, executive director of the Christian Civic Action Committee that campaigned against gambling last year, says his group is fighting to block gaming in Arkansas. "The problem here is getting officers to enforce the law," Page said. it 'Early 0/ri/" But f et Monday-Friday 2 -4pm $3.99 For our customers who may have an appetite that does not conform to traditional hours-we understand and have a special price just for you. Dine at Sirloin Stockade between 2pm and 4pm, Monday through Friday, and our delicious buffet is offered at the special price of $3.99! 2351 S Ninth (Central Mall) Salina T ENVIRONMENT Study urges polluters be taxed Environmentalists say businesses that pollute should pay more taxes By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — How about this for a way to cut your personal taxes: make businesses that pollute the environment and use precious natural resources pay government levies instead. A WorldWatch Institute study issued over the weekend says such a plan could ease Americans' conventional tax burden by 15 percent. The tradeoff, proposed in "Getting the Signals Right: Tax Reform to Protect the Environment and the Economy," would raise taxes on emissions, pollution and use of energy and resources and earmark all proceeds to reduce existing taxes that penalize work, investment and consumption. "Ninety percent of the taxes we pay today boil down to taxes on work and investment" such as income, sales, payroll, profit, capital gains, trade and property assessments, said study author David Malin Roodman. Including the gasoline tax, "less than five percent of taxes are from activity that hurts the environment," he said. Current reform proposals such as a flat tax to replace graduated income taxes are "just fiddling with how to get that 90 percent of the tax burden we already get from work and investment without asking the fundamental question of what it is we should tax," he said. "Why should tax codes discourage investment and employment unnecessarily when large parts of government are trying to stimu- ('(.•ntral V..I.H iri-|»i. I'rt'.sfiils Their Annual Pops Concert Oakdale Stage Tuesday, May 13 7:00 pm KITI-, Open lo Hit 1 public late those activities?" Roodman asked. "Why shouldn't tax codes discourage pollution?" In 1993, President Clinton proposed a U.S. energy user tax. But because the Clinton plan was to be used to cut the budget deficit, "its benefits were much fuzzier," according to Roodman. "Major manufacturers and energy producers launched a multimillion dollar lobbying campaign against the tax," said Roodman, whose Washington-based global environmental group doesn't have such pull. THEATRES For MOVIE Selections and SHOWTIMES Call: 825-91O5 We've gone world wide web! Effective as of Monday, May 12th, the Central Mall Cinema 4 will be closed temporarily due to expansion and remodeling. The date for the Grand Re- Opening of the Central Mall Cinema will be announced shortly. Thank you for your support and cooperation. The Only Licensed Playgirl Production Is Coming! SALINA! APPEARING AT ROPERS 1540 OLD HWY. 40 WEDNESDAY, MAY 14TH - 8:00 PM Call 1-888-309-7551 for ticket info between 10:00 am-4:00 pm. A chicken dinner will precede the concert starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner will be $5.00 per person and can be purchased through Central vocal students or by calling Tony Claus, 826-4751 during school hours. HAIL DAMAGE? «•SAVE MONEY • SAVE TIME • SAVE FACTORY PAINT In Business Since 1991 • Insurance Approved NO PAINT I NOBONDO! SAME DAY SERVICE IN MOST CASES! Stop By Today ! $ o <fb Member Chamber of Commerce ated At Royal Tire Co. rd & Broadway Streets (913)820-0300 Wishing You Success! Say Congratulations to your favorite graduate with their photo in our special tribute to the graduating class of 1997, Sunday, May 25th! Only'15 L Includes photo, graduate name & school. *Ads must be pie-paid. If photo is to be returned by mail, a self-addressed stamped envelope must be included with order. Deadline: Tuesday, May 20th at 5:30 p.m. Send or bring photo and form with payment to: the Salina Journal P.O. Box 740/333 South 4th St. Salina, KS 67401 (913)823-6363 Graduates Name:. School:. I _ Your Name: I Address: | Phone: ( ). i Signature: City/State/Zip:. Credit Carti#_ . Exp:. • signature: _'JHfc 1 HB OBI KewmWlOIMtUM TIM WOWafeS Photo! j

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