Letter to the Editor

The Lottery: Rationality or Politics?

Vol. 10 No. 5
April 2008

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Getting Real
The academic commitment to service learning at Emory

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“I would love to see a day when students, staff, and faculty choose Emory because they want to pursue the finest liberal education in order to civically make a difference.”

“The setting for testing our theories of neighborhood transformation and social change is outside the classroom and in the community.”

New Covenants in Special Collections

In the Dangerous Hands of Undergraduates
The teaching mission of Emory’s Manuscripts and Rare Books Library

The Keeping of Records
Alice Walker’s archive as an act of self-authentication

The rising tide of faculty responsibilities

Letter to the Editor


I very much enjoyed reading Abrams and Garibaldi’s take on playing the lottery (February/March 2008), particularly timely since my 401K is suffering from our almost-recession. The reason, however, that I won’t be buying a lottery ticket is less about rationality and more about politics. I believe the need for our public school systems to use lottery monies essentially amounts to a tax on the poor; the working poor are paying for the HOPE scholarship and other important education initiatives that the wealthiest members of our country support the least.

Maeve Howett
Clinical Assistant Professor
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing