Update: William W. Grey had another letter to the editor published in the Lake County Record Bee (11/21/06) [thanks William!]
This “Letter to the Editor” from PPA member William W. Grey was recently published in the Simi Valley Acorn (11/10/09):
Looking for support from online poker players
Approximately 20 days ago the Senate passed the Port Security Bill.
Attached to this bill, which apparently few senators knew about, was HR 4411-the antionline gambling bill.
Thousands of people are angry at the deceitful manner used by Sen. Bill Frist to obtain passage.
I am an online poker player and like thousands and thousands of other online players we are not going to stand by and let the government tell me what I can do or cannot do in my home.
I belong to the Poker Players Alliance, with approximately 120,000 members and the membership is growing every day.
The goal of the Poker Players Alliance is to have legislation passed in Congress that will exempt online poker from any and all anti-online gaming laws.
We wish the industry to be regulated, in order for this to happen companies or casinos in this country would have their own poker sites.
At this moment all gaming sites are on foreign soil. Let’s look at the advantages of U.S.owned poker sites: 1) players would feel secure, increasing the volume of players, 2) create many jobs, 3) profits remain in the United States, 4) the profits for the casinos would be taxed and players would be required to pay income tax on their winnings, 5) the government would get approximately $3 billion in taxes.
I urge you to go to pokerplayersalliance.org and click on the Internet Poker Revenue Study on the right side of the page. This document will give you a lot of information.
William W. Grey Fresno, Calif.
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