Reaction to a possible people vote on bingo

After being closed for almost two months, Country Crossing and other electronic bingo halls across the state are cheering.

Country Crossing's Attorney Will Mathews said Wednesday’s developments were the result of hard work by advocates and law makers who say electronic bingo will be an asset to the economy.

"This is a great day and it is a great day for people of this state, The Senate came together and reached a compromised bill and it got through by a super majority. I must say 60 percent of the votes and that is not easy to get that," Mathews said.

Those against electronic bingo say Wednesday was only a small set back in the fight to keep gambling out of Alabama.

Tom Anderson of Concerned Wiregrass Citizens says that he will continue his efforts to keep electronic bingo illegal.

He also said he believes if there were to be a state wide vote, bingo would be voted down despite what he calls “back room support”.

"We know, I believe without a doubt, that there is a group that is behind gambling in Alabama that wants to control Alabama and I am going to do everything in my power to keep that from happening," Anderson declared.

Wednesday, both sides said this was just one victory in a war that will continue.

Also Will Mathews said Country Crossing does not plan to re-open until they have their day in court or John Tyson is removed from the governor's task force.

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  • by johnny Location: dothan on Apr 1, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    andersons convictions just dont include families putting food on the table or having the right to not too good a man in my book.
  • by Montie Location: Kenly, NC on Apr 1, 2010 at 02:43 AM
    Tom Anderson is a pastor in Dothan. While I don't always agree with him, and we have different views on this issue, he is a good man with strong convictions. Whatever side we fall on this issue, I personally respect the man for taking his stand and sticking with it. I think it is unfortunate that he feels it in his heart to stand by Riley, as Pastor Anderson's sense of advocacy is remarkable. As nasty as this debate can get, we are all allowed to have our opinions and express them as such. If Riley's allowed and we want to be allowed, we should allow Pastor Anderson to as well.
  • by johnny Location: dothan, al on Mar 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    who is this almighty tom anderson that has so much power? what a joke!! mr. anderson: youre making a fool out of yourself and im completely amazed that you were quoted by ANY media...period. get a hobby.
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