Roll the dice on Kentucky gambling and let voters decide By Gary Stratton and John C. Schweingrouber, Courier-Journal August 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm Many elected officials in the Kentucky General Assembly boast that they are the party of personal freedom. They claim no other virtue is higher in their political dogma. While many claim this as their mantra, they also vote their personal opinions to curtail the freedoms of others. In fact, their actions say that some freedoms are good for you but others are bad, and they are the final decision maker in choosing those. Not the citizens themselves. Politicians have ignored a vital issue regarding economic growth and freedom, the right of Kentuckians to vote on the expanded gaming issue. The idea of expanded gaming has been attempted many times over the years. However, these attempts have met little success as Kentucky has only focused on the addition of historical horse racing machines, a “slot” type machine that is still connected to pari-mutuel wagering. Also, the Kentucky Lottery has added a Keno game that is played every few minutes throughout the state, a casino-style game.