I’m writing in response to “No gambling in the DOD? Wanna Bet?” (article, March 18).

I have always believed that the U.S. government will go after any enterprise that it can’t collect taxes on, and someone gets to pad his pockets. As a matter of fact, it should be ashamed of itself for taking the energy and time to implement such a snaggletoothed policy [on prohibiting office pools for March Madness basketball games].

If you want to take a stand against gambling, shut down all overseas casinos that are ruining thousands of lives. Oh, I almost forgot, it reaps millions from overseas casinos.

Not one soldier’s life has been ruined by office pooling sports, fantasy sports and March Madness. It’s a harmless game of chance.

I also think that it is very hypocritical if the government doesn’t address shutting down all forms of gambling, if it really wants a fair and equitable policy.

Point blank: Any activity that puts a soldier or his family at risk, morally, ethically and financially, should be outlawed!

Larry C. BostickSavannah, Ga.

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