What you are not hearing from Amendment 33 supporters | SummitDaily.com

What you are not hearing from Amendment 33 supporters

Michael Williams Stancliff, Keystone

Once again, I hear countless ads lambasting the casinos for putting up negative Amendment 33 ads, about two an hour, and I still have yet to hear one single negative ad about Amendment 33 from the casino industry.

I just hear negative spin from Wembly USA about how many jobs and how much money its constitutional amendment will bring to the state.

I have also not heard an explanation from Amendment 33 supporters about how taking money from Colorado gamblers is going to be used for gambling rehab, or how they feel about the state government picking up the tab for running and servicing Wembly’s video lottery terminals (VLTs), which are really slot machines.

Seriously, this is an amendment proposed by a corporation that has only one thing on its mind (right now): Saving its dog tracks. Where are the new machines proposed to be installed initially – at Wembly’s struggling dog tracks. How long will it be before the dogs at the tracks are gone, and they become off-track betting parlors with VLTs?

How long will it be before we see a push for VLTs on the ballot up here in the Summit?

Look, I agree wholeheartedly that we need to get something that funnels hard cash into our tourism coffers, but Amendment 33 is not it. Do not stand behind this amendment simply because it is the only one that proposes giving money to promote tourism.

Rest assured, we can come up with a much better idea. For instance, if all the pro Amendment 33 ads are correct, then the current gambling establishment in Colorado should be able to bear the burden of the Colorado Tourism Board.

Why not draft a grassroots amendment putting it to the current casinos to grant funds to the Colorado Tourism Board instead of having an amendment that will put Wembly USA in a constitutionally granted position to pimp the people of this state?

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