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To the editor:

I was glad to see the pari-mutuel betting bill withdrawn from the Legislature. It has been my observation that where forms of gambling are introduced for economic reasons, they have never solved the problem.New York is a case in point. That state is, if anything, worse off than before it started the lottery. Atlantic City is another obvious failure since the criminal element that was attracted to this place made it impossible for most people to feel safe there, and many tourists stopped coming. The same thing would happen here in Utah. There is no easy way.

Joan G. Van Leeuwen

Salt Lake City