Casino Proposal Sparking Controversy

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

The Governors proposal to build 12 casinos across the commonwealth, has triggered controversy between those for and against expanded gaming.

John Mark Hack the spokesperson for an anti-casino group argues that casinos would only bring more problems to counties, already dealing with other addictions and says they can't afford it.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is backing up the the governors proposal and so are the local race tracks, saying the casino proposal is a "good plan" and even though only one casino per county is allowed, they don't seem to be having any problem, comprising.

In a joint statement, Keeneland and The Red Mile said "Most of the conversation over the past few years has centered on only one casino license being awarded to Lexington. Officials from Keeneland and The Red Mile have been in communication, and we are in agreement that we will share the Lexington license.


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  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 15, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    I heard a report on WUKY 91.3 yesterday about a program at UK to teach folks how to be better at marriage and relationships. This program is paid for by a grant that derives it's money from your tax dollars. How about cutting out some of these frivolous and wussy-fied programs at the university level and save a ton of money. I just don't care about research into how to make safer cigarettes or the effects of horse urine in ground water either.
  • by Dianna Location: Winchester on Feb 15, 2008 at 06:27 AM
    I do NOT want casinos in Kentucky. I think that our leaders need to think about all the extra expenses that will be incurred by the gambling. We will need more police, more assistance with electric and gas bills, more foster homes, more homeless shelters, more money for children to have free meals. In all it is the children who will suffer in this decision. Gambling is an obsession. A gambler will always think just one more game and I will win. They will never stop to think about how it will affect their family. I really don't think that the administration has considered more than the profit they think they will make. My question is: AT WHAT COST TO THE CHILDREN? They will be the innocent victims in this.
  • by Trish/ Corbin on Feb 15, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    I agree.. Ky. already has more addictions than we can handle .. why add fuel to the fire ? I say "NO" to casinos . Families are struggling now to have $ to meet everyday needs , this will just bring on more $ problems . I can't believe people would want this . devil at work here people .. vote "NO". The Ky. Lottery didn't help so why would think casinos would ??
  • by Bill Location: Georgetown on Feb 14, 2008 at 06:49 PM
    Casinos will not benefit the state any more than the lottery does. Gambling is addictive and many in the lower income brackets tend to see the lottery as a way out of money problems and spend money they can't afford on lottery tickets. The lottery has always been touted as the saviour of the publec school system but it never happens. I will be amazed if the state sees 500 million in clear revenue from casinos. I also don't want to see Lexington turned into Atlantic City. Where there is casino gambling there will be an increase in crime which will require an increased police presence at increased cost to the city/state. I hope this is something put up to a vote because an educated public will vote it down.

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