Manchester VFW posts fights to survive without poker cash
Many of the patrons at the post’s canteen have been Vietnam War veterans, as was the previous commander, Gary Reid.
Haugh sought a refund of the fees, and that’s how the issue came before the aldermen’s Committee on Administration on Monday.
“I’m a veteran, and I sympathize,” Ward 7 Alderman William Shea said. “The problem is, if we do it for you, we have to do it for someone else.”
“He’s trying to keep the post alive,” Alderman-At-Large Dan O’Neil said. “We have some kind of obligation to the vets.”
“I assumed he wanted to run things the way they always did,” he said.
Reid said the video poker machines had been there for decades and were a source of revenue that funded the wider mission of the VFW in assisting veterans.
How much money?
Just how much revenue was generated by the machines is not clear. Gambling, of course, is illegal in the state, and Reid and others were hazy about how any winnings from the machines were redeemed.
This is part of the reason Haugh sought to remove the machines, which are now off the premises.
A new generation
In targeting the machines, Haugh’s larger goal is to make the atmosphere at the post’s canteen more accommodating to a new generation of veterans.
Haugh retired from the Army as a sergeant in the late 1980s. He joined the VFW when he was living in Thailand, where he lived for nine years with his wife.
“We wiped the cigarette stains from the walls, pulled money out of our pockets to change the stained ceiling tiles,” he said, adding, “We’ve got a lot more work to do.”
“The guy before me ran it into the ground,” he said.
As for the new leadership of the post, Reid said he’s happy to let it be someone else’s responsibility.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Pat Buchanan: What would Reagan do with Russia, Syria, etc.? - 0
- Deroy Murdock: Wisconsin's Scott Walker calmly leads the way - 3
- Another View - Pam Hunt and Loren Valliere: Local steps can fight climate change in NH - 19
- Another View -- Nick Pappas: NH teens, young adults will be hurt by a minimum wage hike - 6
- Another View -- Michelline Dufort: Consumers would save if PSNH sold its power plants - 0
- Fergus Cullen -- Innis: school to business to Congress? - 6
- John Stossel: Taxing life away - 1
- Rep. Tom Schamberg: If you want lower property taxes, support casinos - 18
- George Will: A constitutional convention to limit Washington? - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Vote: ‘No nit’ policy relaxed for Manchester schools - 0
- License revocations for DWI announced - 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Sox Beat Hopefully, this too shall pass - 0
- Poll: More than 25% haven't heard of Northern Pass; mixed attitudes for others - 0
- Flood watch and rain follow day of near-record temperatures - 0
- NH doctors: There's more to Medicare list than meets the eye - 0
- Belmont students consider dropping 'offensive' mascot - 0
- Police: Boscawen chase involved homeless man at wheel - 0
- Plaistow man in toddler abuse case indicted in jail assault - 0
License revocations for DWI announced
Rep. Shea-Porter honored for efforts to aid in health care by National Association of Community Health Centers