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January 13, 2005

It is well settled that in casino gambling establishments the odds always favor the house; in fact, Steve Wynn, the CEO of Mirage Resorts, one of the largest casino operators in the United States, made this statement: “If you want to make money in a casino, own one.” Therefore, I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Dan Ireland in his opposition to this vile plague operating on reservations.

However, Ireland, in the Dec. 16 edition of this paper, railed against Indian reservations for selling untaxed tobacco, gasoline and food; by selling these items, he declares, the local economy suffers.     Although his argument is highly provocative, it is legally and biblically flawed.

First, by operation of law, Indian reservations are foreign nations; and as such, they are not subject to tax laws, except in very limited instances.

Secondly, foreign nations have every legal right to sell these products within their borders; if consumers buy on Indian reservations to save money, who can blame them?

Thirdly, Ireland needs to understand this legal maxim: Hard law but law. Moreover, 1 Peter 2:13 calls for Christians to “submit to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake.” He has every right to dislike reservations selling untaxed goods, but, both legally and biblically, he must adhere and submit to the law.
Finally, he needs to focus on stopping the spread of casino gambling — and nothing more.

Jimmy Walker
Birmingham, Ala.

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