It is good to see that State Rep. Dennis Murray has been a quick learner in Columbus. Casinos are always the ready answer when the General Assembly lacks the intestinal fortitude to do what's really necessary:
-- Raise taxes,
-- Eliminate unproductive goverrnment offices and programs, or
-- Implement a judicious mix of the two. What part of the voters' repeated "no" to more legalized gambling does Columbus fail to understand? And, hasn't the Ohio Lottery masquerade gone on long enough?
It's way past time to undo legislative term limits. Since they were enacted, the quality of Ohio government has taken a nosedive. No one is around long enough to take on the long-range issues that need to be addressed. Politicians are too busy getting themselves re-elected and arranging their golden government parachutes when they are no longer able to run again.
Our state government, as it is, best serves political parties, lobbyists, and special interest groups. It's long past time for change. We get another chance in the gubernatorial and legislative elections next year. But, if we really want to bet on something, we can bet that it'll all be more of the same. No one will offer something substantively new. It's no wonder why folks don't see much point in going to the polls any more.
Philip A. Gardner