Kansas missed the boat (pun intended) years ago by not allowing the citizens of the state to vote on legalized gambling.
If Kansas had built a casino on or near the Woodlands, Kansas would have been a one-of-a-kind destination. One can only imagine the jobs, tax revenue and excitement such a facility would have drawn.
Nonetheless, in spite of most our legislature’s stonewalling tactics, Kansas will finally have casino gambling. Now that we are finally headed down this path, let’s be truly creative and think progressively by sticking to our guns and banning smoking, even on the casino floor.
As an ex-smoker — we’re the worst kind, I know — I believe it would not only help our image but draw people who might not go to casinos in an effort to avoid the smoke.
I, for one, hope Kansas City, Kan., passes a total smoking ban that would affect the Hard Rock Casino, which is yet to be built. That would be the only casino that I would go to.
The Missouri casinos, with their smoking policy, stink.