After World War II, on a group of Pacific Ocean islands known as Melanesia, the natives began to believe that if they waited long enough, the Allied planes that had brought them a wealth of modern goods would return again. "Cargo cult" members fervently believed, against all evidence, that the good old days would return.
Fifty years later, some local folks are harboring unrealistic hopes that the law that brought accountability to tip-jar gambling in Washington County (and hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities) will disappear. We cannot believe that those charities that have benefitted or the citizens of Washington County will let that happen.
The law that governs tip jars here was filed in the 1995 General Assembly after the Washington County Restaurant and Beverage Association threatened to stop gaming operations they ran to benefit local charities. A task force was formed to reconcile club and tavern interests and produce a bill. After a tremendous effort, it was passed. Though not everyone is happy with it, we believe it has worked well.