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This is the type of editorializing, that tries to make sense of an issue, that all current facts, posted on the down side of this issue, are not considered by the editorial comment.

And, the TRASHING of the two organizations that are trying to SHED LIGHT on the real truth of this issue are referred to as some kind ZEALOTS. If you don't like the message the best thing to do is WHAT?

SHOOT THE MESSENGER.

Be a responsible publisher and let both sides of the issue be discuss in your editorializing. So far all we have seen is one sided discussion and supported by the publisher of this blog. And, it is not FREE SPEECH, it is controlled speech.

Now you can shoot back at me, but I am not intimidated by your words or the seemingly uniformed readers that seem to FOLLOW THE LEAD OF THE PUBLISHER.
If we have CASINOS it is the middle class the those near poor that will give the money to the Vegas machine.

There is a bidding war going on for this issue and the TUSAMI of money and special intererest will dominate the TV and all media forms if the issue comes to the ballot.

I too say, people should vote on it.
But don't disguise the truth of the down side of this issue by inferring this is what the people want. CASINO GAMING.

That is just not true.

What the voters said was LET'S VOTE ON IT.

What the voters did not say . . . LETS HAVE CASINO'S.

On this blog I see very few people that challenge this issue. And, it seems to me if this proposal if passed will impact more people than you can imagine.

Also, this issue by approving Steve Beshear and his LET'S VOTE, said nothing else. However, before people vote, as a journalist I would feel it is the best service to the readers of this blog to allow in detail both sides of this issue to be discussed.

Right now, it is a PERCEPTION supported by members of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY who previously have said we don't want it.

Why you think the issue never made it out of committee all this time?

It was the intimidation factor that those from the Evangelical Districts listen to the their constituencies.

Now, those same members can hide behind the issue that VOTERS WANT CASINO'S. Now members can say, well the election of our Governor
was to approve casino's.

And that is not the truth.

Jim Anderson Stivers

THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE REPORTS THAT GAMBLING IS THE NUMBER ONE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE IN THE UNITED STATES.

CHILDREN FROM GAMING FAMILIES THAT BECOME COMPULSIVE GAMBLERS HAVE TWO TIME THE SUICIDE RATE OF THOSE THAT DO NOT COME FROM
COMPULSIVE GAMBLING FAMILIES.

THE LAST BIG SCANDAL, WE HAD IN OUR GENERAL ASSEMBLY, HAD TO DO WITH HORSE LOBBYING.

And if you feel this issue, is not for sale, then why did Mr. Yung give $50,000 bucks to the DNC and to Steve Beshear?

And now he is on the CASINO ADVIOSRY PANEL.

WHY?


Beshear has cashed some checks from casino backers he never should have cashed and that story ain't done Shack. Who's advising this governor anyway? I hope it's not true his people are colluding with Bruce the republican Lunsford.

If you have children you should certainly read this.

This study shows, in adolescents, the results provided evidence that weighted item scores (i.e., discriminant function coefficients) could correctly classify 96% of adolescent gamblers as pathological, in transition or non-pathological when DSM-IV criteria were employed as the conceptual referent.

Now, will this be your child, my child, your neighbors child, who will it be?

Remember now the suicide rate among children, from compulsive gamblers, is two times that of the adolescents that are not impacted by compulsive gambling.

Is it a MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE? You bet it is. And our Assembly is not thinking, at all, about this demographic.

I also wonder how many members of our General Assembly will eventual be compulsive gamblers. There is not immunity from thoughts of GET RICH WITHOUT WORKING FOR IT.

Howard J. Shaffer1, 2 , Richard LaBrie1, 2, Kathleen M. Scanlan3 and Thomas N. Cummings3
(1) Norman E. Zinberg Center for Addiction Studies, USA
(2) The National Technical Center for Substance Abuse Needs Assessment, USA
(3) The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, USA
(4) Division on Addictions, Harvard Medical School, 220 Longwood Avenue, 02115 Boston, MA
Abstract

This article describes the development of the Massachusetts Gambling Screen (MAGS). The purpose of the MAGS is to provide a brief clinical screening instrument that can (1) yield an index of non-pathological and pathological gambling during a 5 to 10 minute survey or interview and (2) document the first psychometric translation of the proposed DSM-IV pathological gambling criteria into a set of survey or clinical interview questions.

The development data for this instrument were obtained from a survey of 856 adolescents who were students in suburban Boston high schools.

The results provided evidence that weighted item scores (i.e., discriminant function coefficients) could correctly classify 96% of adolescent gamblers as pathological, in transition or non-pathological when DSM-IV criteria were employed as the conceptual referent. The results also describe the prevalence of a variety of social and emotional problems associated with adolescent gambling.

Finally, the discussion examined the normalization and contemporary social context of gaming and the impact of these influences on the measurement and identification of pathological gambling.

The suicide rate among children ages 10-14 was 1.2/100,000, or 192 deaths among 19,608,000 children in this age group.
The 1999 gender ratio for this age group was 4:1 (males: females).

The suicide rate among adolescents aged 15-19 was 8.2/100,000, or 1,615 deaths among 19,594,000 adolescents in this age group.

The 1999 gender ratio for this age group was 5:1 (males: females).

Among young people 20 to 24 years of age the suicide rate was 12.7/100,000, or 2,285 deaths among 17,594,000 people in this age group.

The 1999 gender ratio for this age group was 6:1 (males: females).

THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH, IN KENTUCKY, IS SUICIDES AMONG CHILDREN.

THAT FOLLOWS ACCIDENTS.

Is this what you want to expose your children to?
If you have children you should certainly read this.

This study shows, in adolescents, the results provided evidence that weighted item scores (i.e., discriminant function coefficients) could correctly classify 96% of adolescent gamblers as pathological, in transition or non-pathological when DSM-IV criteria were employed as the conceptual referent.

Now, will this be your child, my child, your neighbors child, who will it be?
Remember now the suicide rate among children, from compulsive gamblers, is two times that of the adolescents that are not impacted by compulsive gambling.

Is it a MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE? You bet it is. And our Assembly is not thinking, at all, about this demographic.

I also wonder how many members of our General Assembly will eventual be compulsive gamblers. There is not immunity from thoughts of GET RICH WITHOUT WORKING FOR IT.
Howard J. Shaffer1, 2 , Richard LaBrie1, 2, Kathleen M. Scanlan3 and Thomas N. Cummings3
(1) Norman E. Zinberg Center for Addiction Studies, USA
(2) The National Technical Center for Substance Abuse Needs Assessment, USA
(3) The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, USA
(4) Division on Addictions, Harvard Medical School, 220 Longwood Avenue, 02115 Boston, MA
Abstract

This article describes the development of the Massachusetts Gambling Screen (MAGS). The purpose of the MAGS is to provide a brief clinical screening instrument that can (1) yield an index of non-pathological and pathological gambling during a 5 to 10 minute survey or interview and (2) document the first psychometric translation of the proposed DSM-IV pathological gambling criteria into a set of survey or clinical interview questions.

The development data for this instrument were obtained from a survey of 856 adolescents who were students in suburban Boston high schools. The results provided evidence that weighted item scores (i.e., discriminant function coefficients) could correctly classify 96% of adolescent gamblers as pathological, in transition or non-pathological when DSM-IV criteria were employed as the conceptual referent.

The results also describe the prevalence of a variety of social and emotional problems associated with adolescent gambling. Finally, the discussion examined the normalization and contemporary social context of gaming and the impact of these influences on the measurement and identification of pathological gambling.

The suicide rate among children ages 10-14 was 1.2/100,000, or 192 deaths among 19,608,000 children in this age group.
The 1999 gender ratio for this age group was 4:1 (males: females).

The suicide rate among adolescents aged 15-19 was 8.2/100,000, or 1,615 deaths among 19,594,000 adolescents in this age group.
The 1999 gender ratio for this age group was 5:1 (males: females).

Among young people 20 to 24 years of age the suicide rate was 12.7/100,000, or 2,285 deaths among 17,594,000 people in this age group.

* The 1999 gender ratio for this age group was 6:1 (males: females).

jas in frankfort,

Oh, THE ARROGANCE OF MONEY:

Keep in mind; the 527 groups have no contribution limits, so the financial report shows some pretty big numbers from a relative few sources. Here are the major contributors:

HORSE AND CASINO INTERESTS
• $1 million from William Yung, president of Northern Kentucky-based development company Columbia Sussex, which owns several casinos, including the embattled Tropicana Hotel and Resort in Atlantic City.

• $250,000 from Churchill Downs Inc., the horse racing track that is looking for a casino

• $250,000 from EP Acquisition in Louisville, which is owned by Ronald Geary, who owns Ellis Park in Henderson and also is interested in casinos.

• $125,000 from Turfway Park in Florence, which like Churchill Downs has expressed its interest to lawmakers
• $60,000 from Lexington Trots Breeders Association, which owns the Red Mile harness racing track

• $50,000 from Edward Allred of Os Alamitos, Calif., who owns Los Alamitos Race Course, who has apparently recently dropped out of a group seeking to get a racing license for a new track in London, Ky.

• $50,000 from W.S. Farish of Versailles who owns Lanes End Farm

• $50,000 from Tracy Farmer, the Midway investor and horse farm owner who staunchly backed Beshear

• $25,000 from Bruce Rimbo, president of Ruidoso Downs Racing in Ruidoso, N.M., who is still part of that group trying to get a track in London.

• $25,000 from Paul Blanchard, owner of Mountain Run Development of Albuquerque, who also has apparently dropped out of the group seeking a track in London.

• $10,000 from H. Greg Goodman, owner of Mt. Brilliant Farm in Lexington

• $10,000 from John Oxley, a horse breeder and owner from Tulsa, OK

Bloggers observe this list. Not a factory, or farm worker, teacher or educator on this list!

Why?

It’s pretty simple--- the common man, without political connections-- can not make enough money to contribute to a 527 fund. The damn thing should be done away with.

Between the hundreds of lobsters that suck the blood from our government with their own special interest causes to buy a seat at the political table with their money and tax money we loose.

Jeeze, we are not absolute idiots, maybe a little slow, but not absolute. What is the income generated to our Commonwealth by ordinary people?

Here are the tax receipts for real estate in Kentucky. Mind you there is a long list of sources that the Commonwealth receives tax money, but sinve many, own some kind of property or real estate, here is what the Commonwealth generates from real estate taxes.

PROPERTY TAXES—REAL ESTATE
Fiscal Percent
Year Receipts Change
2005-06 $215,351,439 6.5

Over two hundred million from our property taxes was received in 2005-2006. If all of us paid our taxes and many do, or go to jail, then it would seem to me the 200 million figures would have more significance than the total money donated to the BLUEGRASS FREEDOM FUND. Or the special interest goups.

Where is the publicd voice on this issue?

It is buried under a pile of checks from special interest groups. Now if you add all the special interest money up, it certainly is considerably less, than what the special interest donates. And, yet with all this money from taxpayers, special interest groups get the favors from the government.

PARITY?

I don’t think so.

The issue of Casino gaming is the backbone of the current administrations efforts to raise more money.

If this issue does not pass, then the current administration is in deep trouble. The alternatives are increase in taxes, and tobacco is first because that is popular with the majority of those that do not, smoke, chew, puff or light up a pipe. And if that is their SIN, why such an increase, to such a small minority of citizens, that will pay this tax increase on tobacco. W

hat did the report predict over 200 million with a new increase in the tobacco tax?

WOW! THAT MEANS THAT A SMALL NUMBER OF OUR CITIZENS, WILL BE PAYING A NEW TAX INCREASE, THAT IS ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE STATE TAKES IN FOR REAL ESTATE? And, IMO, that is not fair regardless of the health issues on this subject.

Sure it is bad for you but that is an individual choice. Why then no tax increase on BEER, WINE, WHISKEY, VODKA, GIN? Or Banks?

Because . . . the LIQUOR LOBBY and THE BANKING LOBBY IS STRONG, THAT IS WHY.

And when it comes time, to speak for the people of the Commonwealth - - who shows up at the Capital? It is the Lobbyist and Special interest groups that’s who and - oh yes, 527 supporters. This makes the members of the General Assembly captive to the Lobbyist. And where are the citizens that may oppose new structure for various businesses?

WE THE PEOPLE ARE AT WORK!

Because . . . because we don’t have time to hob knob with the members of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY and work too. So, with money, entertainment and other favors, the public has lost its say in matters of Government. And yet, we pay over 200Million in property taxes alone.

Of COURSE this is not new information, but I ask you bloggers, when in the HELL ARE WE GOING TO STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS? The only time we can is election time and with less than 50% of the citizens, even going to the polling places, that makes it easier for the politico to operate in this shadow of deceit.

“I just wanna say!”
Jim Anderson Stivers
Frankfort, KY.

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