Here’s a letter to the editor I just sent to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Â I hope they’ll publish it:
In Patrick Crowley’s rosy article about expanded gambling in Kentucky (“Ind. racino rakes money”), Gov. Beshear hopes that new racetrack casinos will eventually bring in $1 billion a year in revenues. This “revenue” will come from the gambling losses of average Kentuckians – nearly $250 lost by every man, woman, and child in the commonwealth. Like most Kentuckians, my wife and I support our family of five on a very tight budget. Yet our governor hopes that our family will lose $1,000 a year at his new casinos. That’s over two months worth of groceries for us! I’d certainly like to support the governor, so can he suggest two months a year when my family won’t need to eat?
Note: Crowley’s article was headlined “Ind. racino rakes money” in the print edition of the Sunday Kentucky Enquirer. Â Apparently, an editor decided that “Horse interests back racino bill” was a more accurate title. I agree, considering that the article quotes numerous horse industry officials, and doesn’t quote even a single critic of expanded gambling. Â (It does quote Senate President David Williams, who favors expanded incentives for horsetrack betting, but not new forms of gambling at horsetracks.)
Hey–this was in today’s Enquirer. Just thought you’d like to know. w00t.
Thanks for the tip! w00t indeed.