Casinos in Clark County? (11/14/06)
I'm sure with Clark County Indiana's vote last week to approve casino gambling, someone is already licking their chops at the prospect of mining the lucrative Louisville market. A floating casino docked just across from downtown would be the biggest threat yet to Kentucky's premiere gambling mecca, Churchill Downs. And no one wants to see such an icon -- plus the millions in tax revenue it generates -- wither up and die.
That's why Kentucky's legislature must finally drop the hypocrisy and pass a bill allowing casino gambling at the Commonwealth's racetracks as soon as possible.
Kentucky doesn't need to "beat" its Indiana neighbors. But no one would argue, not even Hoosiers, that Kentuckians haven't already contributed more than their share to Indiana's gambling tax bonanza.
If Indiana installs a second casino across from Louisville, it'll be yet another blow to Kentucky's economy. And for Kentucky to remain content to simply be fish in a barrel and let Indiana poach even more gambling revenue from Louisville would simply be irresponsible.
Kentucky lawmakers who consistently use Louisville as the state's ATM machine should be outraged that Southern Indiana might be dipping even further into their account! So isn't it time to finally take action so people on both sides of the river can benefit?
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.