To the editor:
I believe the brutality of the commonwealth’s apparent attack on this small Gloucester business, the Lucky 7 arcade, is truly frightening.
For almost seven years, the Parisis have done everything possible to assure their Lucky 7 operation adhered to state and city laws — even working closely with state Sen. Bruce Tarr on the recent legislation intended to clarify the confusing rules on gambling.
Yet the raid carried out on Tuesday (the Times, Page 1, Wednesday, June 12) was clearly intended to put them out of business — whether legal or not.
I believe the money seized from the ATM machines, and boards removed from the computerized games had little value as evidence, but they did assure that a finding months from now that Lucky 7 did nothing wrong will not repair the devastation to this small, family operation.
Meanwhile, the state Lottery Board’s monopoly may have eliminated a possible competitor.
Chapel Street, Gloucester