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Pettalia should help level gambling playing field

May 2, 2014
The Alpena News

I received a phone call from Mr. Pettallia on 4/29. He was asking questions about my lawsuit against the lottery, and whether or not I would pursue it in state claims court. I said, "Not at this time, I am on a fixed income, and cannot afford a lawyer for a $24 claim. I wish the state would have shown the same common sense." He then stated that he was concerned about the waste of taxpayers money regarding the lawsuit. He also asked me to send him the details. I stated that the details were on the website, and he could review them. (The court transcript was loaded on the website.) He then asked for additional details. Again I replied that all of the info was on the website. He stated that he did not have time to look at the website and didn't have time to read the info on the website. My thought was, if he can't read it on the website, why would he read the info I send him. I told him, that he is in office to represent me, not for me to service him. He did respond by saying he will review the website. I feel that the time spent on his phone call to me he could have spent the same amount of time reviewing the website and he could have been fully informed. However, progress only comes with action. I am asking Mr Pettallia to introduce a bill that will level the playing field regarding gambling establishments in Michigan. Anything less will purely be a sample of lip service to his constituents. After all, he was able to get Oscoda designated as the birding capital of Michigan. So why not try to pass priority legislation? Details are at



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