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What's on the 2009 ballot?

By Tyler S. Clark (Contact)

Published October 20, 2009

Election Day this year is Tuesday, November 3. The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Why should you care? There are several important issues on the ballot, including casinos and libraries.

Issue 3: Casinos Amendment

Issue 3 writes a casino monopoly into the state constitution. Bad idea. There are plenty of reasons not to like this, regardless of how you feel about casinos in general. If you dislike casinos in general or are opposed to them on whatever moral grounds, your move is obvious.

If you want a casino in the area, the proposed amendment will prevent you from having one. Only certain blessed communities (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo) and prohibits any other from gaining one. To make any changes to the parameters of how the casinos function and how revenues are shared across the state, the constitution would need to be amended again. The revenue sharing is among the lowest in the country, and the wording from the zeal to protect this narrow gambling monopoly may prevent organizations like Make-A-Wish from sponsoring "casino night" events.

How do casinos affect surrounding communities? Have you ever seen a clock in a casino? Can you see the exit from your slot machine? Casinos are designed to lure you into the casino to spend your money, and they employ every effort to prevent you from wanting to leave. Any claim that the casinos will spread wealth through the community is overblown.

Casinos are about entertainment. You go and spend money for the illusion that you will make some back. The reason casinos are known as money makers, of course, is because the house always wins in the end. If you're comfortable with the odds, knock yourself out. But let's not write a monopoly into the constitution. If we feel we should have gambling in Ohio, legalize it and let the free market foster competition for casino rights.

Issue 6: Library Renewal Levy

I've written about this before, so I'll keep this brief. We need our libraries now more than ever. Vote yes on the Issue 6 renewal levy. The wording is the Reuben McMillan Free Library Association, which is the official name of the Public Library of Youngstown and the Mahoning County. Please support this important levy renewal.


1Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

The passage of Issue 3 would forever close the door on the possibility of a Y-town riverfront casino bringing in out-of-town (and out-of-state) revenue to the Valley's hotels, restaurants and watering holes. Such a casino could and likely would increase local employment, property values and lower local sales and property taxes. It could spawn a gas-light district near the casino that may fertilize further development.

Since there was a free-market reference in the author's post, I humby offer this quote in the defense of liberty:

"To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, 'the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.'"
-- Thomas Jefferson

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2tylersclark(182 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

and in every other decade, Ron, along with all the other buzzwords associated with the push and pull of our pluralistic society

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3northsideperson(366 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

No on 2 and 3. No on the continuing sales tax.

Yes for the veterans, library and kids.

Your mileage may vary.

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4valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

We agree on two things Tyler... Hell has officially frozen over!

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5tylersclark(182 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

red: HA! Always glad to find common ground. Cheers.

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6redvert(2240 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Erplane, while I agree that this is a opportunity for Ytown to begin a rebuild I seriously doubt it will happen. Politicians see extra funds as a bonus to be abused one way or another!

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