Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 8

Casinos have brought economic success to states

When considering casino expansion in Kentucky, or any other state, it's important for residents to engage in honest debate and determine what's best for their community.

Trigg County magistrate Richard Nelson's Dec. 23 commentary, "Ghost of casino envy revisiting the state," however, gravely mischaracterizes our business and provides a deeply flawed analogy of casinos and the entertainment they provide to millions of Americans every year.

Today our establishments are a part of the mainstream entertainment industry and when patrons enter our properties to play our games they're spending money simply to have fun.

When states and communities choose to have a casino in their area, they're not gambling, they're investing in their future — in the form of good-paying jobs, business development, community partnership and corporate social responsibility and enormous tax revenue.

Lastly, Nelson's wild claims about the supposed harms and social costs of gaming are simply not based on facts. Visit any of the 23 states with commercial casinos — from Bethlehem, Pa. to Kansas City, from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest — and what you'll find are not any of the horrific fantasies Nelson describes, but instead stories of great economic success.

That reality is why more and more communities are embracing gaming and the thriving economic engine it brings.

Geoff Freeman

President & CEO

American Gaming Association

Washington, D.C.

'No' is not a plan

Let's assume Mitch McConnell was correct in his Dec. 26 commentary that "280,000 Kentuckians have had their private insurance policies canceled." What that tells me is that a lot of Kentuckians had polices with high deductibles that did not cover the preventive care and could be canceled in the event of illness.

How many of those canceled policyholders do not have a better policy available through the Kentucky health insurance portal? How many angry canceled policyholders can the senator scare up?

A key part of the Affordable Care Act is its emphasis on controlling costs by providing preventive care in order to catch disease early and provide management for chronic conditions. What does the senator propose for Kentuckians who do not have health insurance? More trips to the ER?

The senator needs to lead, follow, or get out of the way. Just saying "no" is not a health care policy.

Rhodes Johnston


Mess-hall meal

My letter concerns Aramark, the company that provides the food or meals for the inmates at the Fayette County Detention Center. We know someone there who complains about the tasteless food. Ask Aramark what inmates got for Thanksgiving lunch and dinner.

I really am not writing about the person who we know who has enough money for commissary and gets enough to eat; but what about the women and men who have no one to help them out. They never have enough to eat and are hungry.

I'm sure Aramark is government funded so there should be enough food to fill stomachs. Take pride in your product, sit down and eat it yourself to prove it's fit for consumption. A peanut butter sandwich isn't a meal.

Barbara Watson


Sleeping giants

America has become a nation with a culture of entitlement, instant gratification and shifting blame. We no longer care to pay attention to what the swine in government are doing to our nation.

The left lauds the triumph of Obamacare. So far, 5 million Americans have lost their existing coverage, 280,000 of them in Kentucky.

In 2005 the Democratic Party, led by Sen. Harry Reid, strongly objected to the "nuclear option" changing the filibuster rules in the Senate. Even an Illinois senator named Barack Obama spoke out strongly against it. Eight years later both men made it happen.

Meanwhile the statists running the federal government work diligently to disarm American citizens while our Attorney General Eric Holder made thousands of fully automatic weapons available to Mexican cartels.

Slowly but surely our rights as citizens slip through our fingers like sand from an hourglass broken open. What says the American public? Nothing.

The citizenry of America is the new sleeping giant, for we know nothing and apparently we don't care. I can only hope that, as a nation of good hard-working people, we awaken from this self-induced slumber before the mistakes of the world's history are repeated right here on our soil and we can do nothing to change it.

Zach Atkins


Famed infamy

There you go again. More multi-page articles about "killer" bourbon. Also articles about the money we are going to spend on upgrading the stadium for our losing football teams.

How about spending some of that money for a place to house the homeless? Did you read about the old man pushing his old sick wife in a wheelchair with no place to live?

The churches keep building large grander buildings; what about building something for the homeless? Must Kentucky be known for its booze, sports, poor and homeless? What would Jesus do?

Sharon McGuire


Great performance

Thanks to the Beatty family for sharing the musical Home for the Holidays with us. This is the first time that we have had something of that magnitude here in Lexington that didn't come from Broadway in New York. I rated it just as highly as if it had come from there.

It was held at the Lyric Theatre, such a fitting place for a great play, and orchestrated by Eunice Beatty and her husband, the former police chief Anthony Beatty. It was very well attended with a sold-out performance each day and evening.

We would love to see more of such great performances.

Flora Byrd


Private matters exposed

It is a shock to see the newspaper displaying in detail the contents of the R. J. Corman will despite his request to keep it secret.

I take issue with the newspaper publishing the contents of such a great man's will on the front page. He did a lot for the Bluegrass and his far-reaching estate will be an asset to our state forever.

If there had been a trust created by Corman, all this publicity could have been averted. Trusts are private and only the beneficiaries are allowed to view the original documents.

I applaud the manner Corman used to distribute his estate, however it is not fair to his heirs to have it displayed publicly as it was on Dec. 4.

Walter C. Cox Jr.


New election-year rules

Letters about candidates in 2014 political races are limited to 150 words. No commentary from candidates will be published. Candidates may respond, every 30 days, in 250-word letters to editorials, news articles and columns in which they are the primary focus.