Kentucky legislators are still debating the idea of gambling in their fair state, but one person is at least on board: the mayor of Louisville. Indeed, Greg Fischer seems to be on board with having gambling in Louisville. He just wants to make sure that it’s located in the right spot.
Churchill Downs Inc, the company behind the legendary racetrack, wants to be clear on their position as well: gambling would be better if it was done away from the racetrack. The Mayor seems to agree, and that’s a great thing.
This doesn’t mean that casino gambling has been legalized in the state of Kentucky. Some officials feel, that it’s never going to happen, but many others are optimistic. The current issue is that legislators need to vote on whether to let the people vote on it or not. In our opinion, the people need to have the right to vote on their future.
Gambling is a touchy issue, because many feel that if you want to gamble, there are other ways to do it. In fact, there are some places opening up online that are friendly to US players again. If states don’t begin to figure out the gambling problem, more online companies will step in to fill the space.
The idea that online gambling represents some sort of Wild Wild West is equally absurd. It’s not about that at all. In fact, all of your top casinos online are heavily regulated. This means that there are precise standards in place about how things should be. Fair gaming is one of the biggest concerns people have about a casino. They don’t mind losing money, but they do want to be sure that they’re going to do it without being ripped off.
These same considerations have to be in place in the real world. Legislators need to give the citizenry the right to control their destiny. Casinos bring in big state revenues, and they bring jobs to areas that would otherwise go without them. If you buy lottery tickets but are against casino gambling, you are holding a position that just doesn’t make much sense in 2014.
Thoughts? Do you think that Mayor Fischer should give up on casino dreams, or continue to think about Louisville’s future?