Torpedo the Riverboats?
By Paul
Thomas Burch, a democratic representative from Louisville, wants to highlight the error of keeping his state casino-free in a novel way: He proposes that a PT boat might be a cost-effective way of ridding the Ohio river of riverboat casinos. Previously he had advocated the use of submarines to do the job, but PT boats, according to Burch, are “faster and they don't cost as much to run. They don't carry as many torpedoes, but they're more accurate.'

Fighting words indeed. Burch previously had proposed the deployment of a “Kentucky Navy”. That was part of his House resolution to buy a USS Louisville 688 VLS Class fast-attack submarine 'to patrol the portion of the Ohio River under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth to engage and destroy any casino riverboats that the submarine may encounter.'

Burch is actually a supporter of having slot machines in Kentucky. He says he drafted his bizarre resolution to highlight the fact that legislative action to kill racetrack slots in Kentucky would not stop its residents from spending $500 million annually at riverboat casinos across the river in Indiana and Illinois.

Kentucky legislators earlier this spring defeated bills that would have allowed slots at the state's eight racetracks. Burch said the issue will continue to be high profile, as polls show most Kentucky residents are in favour of such gambling.

'I think we ought to go further than that - I think the hotels ought to have 'em, too,' he said.

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