Casino Gambling - Let the People Decide (8/14/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Casino Gambling - Let the People Decide (8/14/07)

Do Kentuckians really want to keep sending millions of tax dollars to neighboring states year after year?

Or would they prefer to keep these same revenues here at home by legalizing casino gambling within the state's borders?

I don't know about you, but when I'm faced with questions like those, I tend to ask the people who would be affected. Call me crazy, but I think they're likely to give me a more accurate answer than the people who claim to be our representatives, but too often represent the interests of everyone but the voters who elected them.

A referendum on this topic just makes sense to me. Almost every legislator claims to know what the people want - but since they strongly disagree with each other, someone is mistaken. So why not just ask the question?

Now, I realize you can't handle every public issue this way. Some things are just too complicated or narrowly focused to expect the public to have an informed opinion.

But casino gambling is really pretty simple. We all know what it is. We all know the kind of money that's at stake. And we all know whether it's worth it to us or not.

While I favor legalizing casinos in Kentucky, I can respect the views of those who don't. But what I can't respect is those who are afraid to let the people decide.

What do you think? Call us at 588-2433 and let us know.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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