Former Buckeye Star Campaigns Against Casinos

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter says a November ballot proposal to build casinos is bad for the state.

Schlichter, who played for the Buckeyes between 1978 and 1981 and whose career in the NFL was derailed by a gambling addiction, said Tuesday he wants Ohioans to consider how the state will handle an increase in crime and addictions if the casinos are built.

If approved, the ballot issue would allow casinos to be built in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo.

Schlichter, who spent 10 years in prison for gambling-related crimes, said it's probably inevitable that Ohio will someday have gambling.

But he believes the current proposal would enrich a few at the expense of the state.

Backers of the ballot issue say the casinos will bring jobs in a state where the economy is struggling.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by judy Location: belpre on Oct 22, 2009 at 08:31 AM
    The Dispatch had a very good article in the Sunday paper about this, it told the pros and cons. One thing is the 34,000 jobs it will create. There will only be about half that amount and alot of the jobs will not be new jobs. Some of the jobs will go to people who's job will be gone because of the casino and then they are hired by the casino. The better paying jobs will go to people who have casino experience.
  • by Schlichter Fan Location: PKB on Oct 21, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    Barbara, READ THE BALLOT!!! It is not regarding your beloved gray machines. It is for real casinos, with real table games. Good thing you live in Belpre. I can't imagine the lack of self control if you were ever able to buy alcohol. If you don't like casinos, do not go to them. Most of us treat them as entertainment. It may cost you some money if you lose, but it is still a fun trip. Know your limits.
  • by Eric Location: Ohio on Oct 21, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    haha crime what bad thing to say just to try and get what u want. And like Jimmy said what the heck do you think the Ohio lottery is. So if we are not going to let Casinos in Ohio then you need to get rid of the Ohio lottery cause that is gambling also.
  • by barbara Location: belpre on Oct 21, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    We don't need these machines in Ohio. Trust me, I am someone who has a gambling problem and all I need is more machines to tempt me. I spend hundreds and at times even thousands of dollars a week at video poker machines in WV and would never consider spending that much on a scratch or electronic lottery game. But give me a machine where I can sit for hours and hours and I am in heaven. Please vote NO for this bill.
  • by Jimmy Location: Columbus on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Ohio has had gambling for a long time. The lottery.
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