The start of another chapter in Ohio's endless battle over casinos was reported today in the The Dispatch. The story read:

"Donít start trading in your dollar bills for quarters just yet, but the would-be developers of a giant casino in southwestern Ohio this afternoon cleared their first procedural hurdle.

My Ohio Now, the partnership of Cleveland-area investors that wants to build the $600 million casino resort along I-71 near Wilmington, might be able to begin gathering the approximately 402,000 signatures next week that it needs to place the casino proposal on the November 2008 ballot.

Attorney General Marc Dannís office today certified that My Ohio Now had collected at least 1,000 valid signatures on its initial qualifying petition and that its language is 'fair and truthful.'"

In other words, you might be asked by this innocuous-sounding group to sign a sheet of paper on the street sometime soon. Investors will meet with the state's ballot board soon to go over the specifics. The story continued:

"[Investors] say their casino would be built according to Midwestern sensibilities and would include a luxury hotel, golf course, spa, gourmet restaurants, a convention center and entertainment venue. An auto speedway is envisioned for the second phase."

I'll take no sides in this debate. However, Ohio could use the money generated via taxes, and I'm against telling people what they can and can't do with their money. If you don't like casinos, don't go to one.

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