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3/18/2017 2:07:00 PM
Letter to the Editor
In Response To Letter On The Fantasy Sports Proposed Bill

I was appalled by the intentional misinformation printed in the opinion section of your publication this past week and authored by failed candidate for public office Nic Haag.

I suppose no one should really be shocked that the former developer of a game entitled “Hemp Empire” would have problems discerning the truth about issues and people.

Is it possible that he was partaking in the illegal product that he advocates for when writing his missive?

Whatever his condition when writing his opinion, he certainly is incapable of comprehending proposed legislation and has a severe lack of understanding of issues.

Moreover, through his rambling, he accused Rep. Saine of trying to increase taxes when if you read and understand the proposed bill on Fantasy Sports, the intent is exactly the opposite what Haag has portrayed.

CBS North Carolina had excellent coverage of what the issue is about and what the proposed legislation will accomplish.

Moreover, the legislation as written, would allow Fantasy Sports to legally exist in North Carolina, protect players, and prevent those who are underage from partaking in the games.

Lastly, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) has endorsed Saine’s legislation and has described it as having “common sense consumer protections”. The organization is made up of major media companies like FOX Sports, ESPN, CBS, Yahoo!, USA Today, RotoWire, as well as companies like FanDuel, DraftKings, and Fantasy Draft.

We ask that our legislators do their job, protect us from harm, and regulate us in the most unobtrusive way as possible.

And on the issue of taxes, Nic Haag has zero credibility as he is publicly stated that he supports a massive tax increase on the all citizens of Lincoln County by supporting the incorporation of eastern Lincoln County.  He can try to rationalize this however he wants to but the fact of the matter remains that he supports tax increases. Period.

Representative Saine should be congratulated and thanked for his efforts not berated by a pro-drug, big government Libertarian like Haag. 

Raye Watson-Smyth
Denver, N.C.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017
Article comment by: Aaron Michel

Why are gov officials spending our resources on this?

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