Town Hall meetings with State Rep Terry Boose

Mark your calendars!  Willard–August 18.  Amherst–August 19.  New London–August 25.  LaGrange–August 26.  Grafton–September 3.  State Rep Terry Boose (R-58) will be conducting town hall meetings in these communities on these dates.

Plan to attend!  There needs to be dialogue between voters and elected officials, and this is a prime opportunity.  Boose’s 58th District includes much of southern and western Lorain County, all of Huron County, and the eastern portion of Seneca County.  I hope these town halls are well attended, because Ohio is facing a very rough road ahead.  Voters, we can’t afford to stick our heads in the sand and wait till trouble is over.  Government is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, so I’m hoping that you’ll show up and participate.  Even if you live in Koziura’s 56th district, or Lundy’s 57th district, if you have concerns about the state of Ohio (and you should), you may want to take advantage of these opportunities to meet a state legislator, Terry Boose, face to face.

Ohio’s biennial budget is not done.  Sure, the General Assembly passed a budget, and the Governor signed it into law, but that budget relied heavily on revenue forecasts that cannot be relied upon.  There will have to be more budget slashing, you can count on it.  Which programs should get the ax?  Which programs should be spared the ax?  What do you think are the state’s funding priorities?  Terry Boose has shared a few thoughts, in writing, about what should have been done with the state budget.  I recommend reading through it, and showing up at these town halls prepared to grapple with these issues.

WILLARD–August 18, 2009

The Town Hall meeting will be at the Willard City Hall in the Council Chambers from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The City Hall is located at 651 S. Myrtle Ave. Willard, OH 44890.

AMHERST–August 19, 2009

The Town Hall meeting will be at the Trinity Evangelical Free Church from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The Church is located at 46485 Middle Ridge Road Amherst, OH 44001.

NEW LONDON–August 25, 2009

The Town Hall meeting will be at the New London Public Library from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The library is located at 67 S. Main St., New London, OH 44851.

LA GRANGE–August 26, 2009

The Town Hall meeting will be at the Village of LaGrange Administration Building from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The building is located at 355 South Center Street, LaGrange, Ohio 44050.

GRAFTON–September 3, 2009

The Town Hall meeting will be at the Grafton Midview Public Library from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The building is located at 983 Main St. Grafton, OH 44044.

Casino operators: Special rights for special people

There are so many illuminating tidbits of information to cull from my correspondence with the backers of the casino issue.  Thus, this will not be the only blog entry written about what’s revealed in that correspondence, so stay tuned . . .

If voters were to approve this casino issue in the November election, casinos would be legal in Ohio by an amendment of the Ohio Constitution.

So, are you, Ohio residents, ready to open up your casinos?  Oops!  Wait a minute.  Who do you think you are?  Dan Gilbert?  If you aren’t Dan Gilbert, and you open a casino, you will be raided by the police, your gambling equipment and revenues will be confiscated, you will be thrown in jail, and you will be charged with a crime and prosecuted.  PERIOD! But if you ARE Dan Gilbert . . . CHA-CHING!

Think that’s unfair?  Think it’s so unfair that it should be unconstitutional?  Guess again . . . it’ll be TOTALLY constitutional, because we will have amended Ohio’s constitution to make casino operation permissable for Dan Gilbert, and out-of-state casino operators (like Penn National Gaming Inc.), but IMPERMISSABLE for other Ohio residents.  Isn’t it interesting that an out of state casino corporation will be granted more constitutional rights by Ohio than Ohioans, themselves, will be granted?

And just who is Dan Gilbert, anyway?  He’s the loan-shark-in-chief of Quicken Loans.  He’s the special Ohioan who gets to own and operate a casino in Cleveland.  OOOPS!  Did I say Ohioan?  Duh!  I meant to say Wolverine (or, at least Spartan, as he’s a Michigan State alum)!  His hometown is Livonia, Michigan!  My oh my!  Do ANY Ohioans, any at all, get a crack at opening an Ohio casino if we approve this amendment to our state’s constitution?

So, all this agitating over neighboring states having casinos, but not Ohio, would result in allowing the entities from the neighboring states to be the ones to operate Ohio’s casinos.  So, after the taxes are paid by the casinos, where will the casino profits go that the casino owners get to keep?  Outside of Ohio?  WAIT A MINUTE!  I thought that the whole idea behind voting for this constitutional amendment was to KEEP THE GAMBLING MONEY INSIDE OHIO!!!!!  BUT IT WON”T BE THAT WAY AT ALL!!  MONEY THAT COMES FROM INSIDE OHIO WILL STILL BE PUMPED OUTSIDE OHIO!!!! The people who will be enriched by casinos will be non-Ohioans, and the people who will be impoverished by casinos will be Ohioans.  Sound like a wonderful state constitutional amendment to you?

And why won’t Ohioans be allowed to open casinos?  That’s the question I asked to the spokespersons of the casino proponents.  It’s because it’s “impractical.”  Our economy can’t sustain a free marketplace filled with casinos (and THAT’S A WHOLE OTHER ISSUE TO EXPLORE IN FUTURE BLOG ENTRIES!).  Expect any expansion beyond the original four casinos to be jealously fought over if they would allow new casino ownership groups to compete with the original mix of casino owners.