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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Resident voices support for internet cafes in Marion County

To the Editor:

I’m totally in favor of having internet cafes in Marion County, or any county for that matter. If you feel the need to tax them, then tax them, but I feel that not allowing them is violating our right of freedom, the right of being a free citizen of the United States.

If it is allowed for the county officials, government, or whomever that is trying to regulate whether or not we are allowed to have the internet cafes, then you might as well be saying it’s okay for these individuals to regulate what restaurants, car lots, department stores, liquor stores, clubs/bars, and basically any or all businesses that exist.

They might as well tell us what to eat, when to go to bed, and who to socialize with. Heck, go ahead and add what TV show to watch, what job to do, what car is acceptable to buy, what fashions that are acceptable to wear, etc.

Regulating internet cafes is an obstruction of our freedom of choice. Tax them if you must, but don’t become my dictator. You’re not my mother, you’re not my king, and you will not control me like I’m a prisoner. This is the land of the free, isn’t it?

Don’t they have much more important things to worry about than a place that is no worse than a bingo hall or buying a lottery ticket? I’m appalled and insulted that this is even an issue. The last time I checked, I was an adult capable of making my own decisions, and most definitely over the age of 18. I will not be treated like I’m a two-year-old.

If they want to make my decisions for me, then they should be paying my bills and changing my diapers. All I know is they need to mind their own business and concentrate on more important matters, and leave our right to have the entertainment we want alone.

Rhonda Holly
Anthony resident

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