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October 11, 2005

What's in Nagin's noggin?

From the Baptist Press...

Though he said he is not particularly keen on the practice and would prefer another solution, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is proposing the implementation of Las Vegas-style gambling in order to jumpstart his city’s economy after Hurricane Katrina.

“I know of no other way,” he said at a news conference Oct. 7, according to the Associated Press, adding that gambling is “an incredible opportunity to accelerate growth.”

Nagin’s plan would call for a large-scale gambling area in the city’s central business district, mostly along the well-known Canal Street. Gambling should only be allowed in hotels that have more than 500 rooms, Nagin said, and probably five or six of the nine eligible establishments would take advantage of the offer.

“Now is the time for us to think out of the box,” Nagin said. “Now is the time for some bold leadership, some decisive leadership.”

Given that much of the revenues ear-marked for levee repairs were side tracked to fund casinos, isn't the idea of more gambling kind of like saying booze is the cure to alcoholism?

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 11, 2005 06:07 AM

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