Just say no to Oregon Lottery on April Fool’s Day

It sickens me that I live in a state that relies so heavily on the backs of problem gamblers. State run video poker and video slot machines are simply computer programs that if played for any extensive period of time, the player has to lose.

The lottery is a regressive form of taxation, and no matter how many ads the Oregon Lottery spits out about how the lottery does good things, these ridiculous games of chance will always ruin more lives than they will help. The idea that the state budget is balanced by over a billion dollars in annual revenue via lottery profits is ridiculous.

The lottery preys on addicts and folks who are flat out bad at math. If you can understand that a video slot machine is a computer program designed to take your money, and you still play the game, then you, my friend, are an addict.

Where is the moral fiber in Salem? I for one would vote for a sales tax if it meant the 100 percent demise of the Oregon Lottery; however the state personal income tax would have to be dramatically lowered. The state can’t have it all, yet they seem to want it all.

Politicians in Salem fighting over lottery proceeds, is like watching children fight for the last piece of birthday cake. Is this the lottery the voters voted for over 25 years ago? Voters voted for a lottery that involved a few scratch-it ticket games, and a twice a week pick your numbers megabucks style game, not all this nonsensical video poker and video slots.

Since this is not what the voters voted for, how is today’s lottery even legal, just because the Legislature says so? I’d love to throw a panic into the state capitol and have everyone during the same week not spend one red cent on the Oregon Lottery, though this seems like quite a long shot.

We should proclaim Monday, April 1, April Fool’s Day as just say no to the Oregon Lottery week, the joke would be on the lottery and the state.

James Maass


Drivers are needed to help save lives of cancer patients

Many people in our community are battling cancer, and need help getting to treatment. The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program provides rides to patients who have no way to get to their cancer treatment. 

While we have passionate, dedicated, volunteer drivers for the Road to Recovery program, we still need more volunteers to meet all local requests for assistance. This will allow patients to get the treatment they need to get well.

I am sure there are many cancer survivors and families of survivors who will understand the need for this service. I hope that folks in Washington and Clackamas counties who are available on weekday mornings or afternoons on a weekly or monthly basis will volunteer to help with this very valuable program.

In partnership with Ride Connection, we will schedule you to help with rides in the most efficient manner possible. Drive as much or as little as you like. Every ride can make a difference to a local patient.

Having cancer is hard. Finding a ride to treatment shouldn’t be.

For information on how to volunteer, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-795-3906. Or, if someone you know has cancer and would like information, day-to-day help or emotional support, please contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, or visit

Gretchen Renggli

American Cancer Society Road to Recovery staff coordinator

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