While some may have hoped that the new editor of the page might show some occasional guts in calling a spade a spade, the editorial was tepid and euphemistic,
As you might recall, we recently opined on the senator’s bill (Senator Schumacher: Who Does He Think He Is Fooling? ). Unlike the local daily we weren’t as unduly polite. Here are some of the phrases used in the editorial:
That’s about blunt as the daily got although to its credit it did say:
- “It is remarkable that the Legislature is being asked to take up its time considering such an idea.”
- “The vagueness of the proposed amendment is another problem.”
- “Should this proposal be approved, casino legalization could take place in Nebraska without the casinos having to spend a dime.”
- “The Nebraskan who called in 2003 for a statewide vote was Paul Schumacher, a lawyer and keno representative from Columbus heavily involved in promoting the 2004 casino proposals.”
So much for cuteness, the local daily picked euphemism over a tough stand. What it should have said is:
- This bill is a sham to get around a real debate on legalized gambling.
- It’s not a “head scratcher”, it’s a fraud pepetrated on the citizens.
- On the surface, if you were to believe the earnestness of the proposal, it’s extortion
- Its “vagueness” is intended to confuse and hide the real purpose, legalize casino gambling in Nebraska
- Schumacher is not just the guy that proposed the 2004 casino proposals, he is a self-enriching slime ball whose legislation was proposed then and now to further enrich himself and his cronies in the casino business.
- This is a pure case of a conflict of interest and Schumacher should be ashamed of himself.
We’d suggest that both Schumacher and the local daily ought to be ashamed of themselves: Schumacher for his continued efforts to foist casino gambling on Nebraskans under an unethical guise to enrich himself, and; the local daily for its refusal to call a rat a rat (Schumacher) and his bill a fraud.