To the editor:
Looking at the paper, I see that Scotland County again has the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 12.7 percent.
Well, I know where at least 100 of those jobs vanished to, thanks to District Attorney Kristy Newton and her task force, who demanded that more than 21 businesses shut down their doors and close due to being illegal. They claim this, but it seems that they don’t have the fortitude or confidence to back up their demands and claims about the legality of internet sweepstakes in a court room. It’s been almost three weeks now since they raided Robert Outlaw’s business and confiscated the software. So where are the charges? When will Robert and the rest of the sweepstakes owners get their day in court? If it’s so illegal and bad for everyone, why won’t the district attorney allow a judge to weigh in and make a call?
This newspaper called the Task Force out on their inaction almost two weeks ago and we’re still waiting for a public response. In the meantime, people who had jobs working at the sweepstakes are now out of work and struggling to get by and pay their bills. Children are going hungry. Dozens of buildings are sitting empty. And why? Because the district attorney made a proclamation that she doesn’t seem willing to put up to the test of our legal system and defend in front of a judge. The DA needs to either defend her interpretation of the sweepstakes law in court or return the confiscated equipment and issue a public apology so we can go back to our sweepstakes and business as usual.