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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.CorrectionsLast week’s Sight Unsound incorrectly listed the hometown of Warm in the Wake. The band is originally from Alabama. Also, last week’s cover story on Living Lands & Waters misidentified the university of some students who were working with the group during spring break. They attend SUNY Geneseo.Spread the WealthDear Kentucky Legislator,As we have watched our local Metro Council pass a “comprehensive” smoking ban for Louisville, excluding Churchill Downs, it is now interesting, and we think totally unfair that Churchill Downs and/or other racetracks are being singled out as the only (exclusive) place where various casino gambling machines may be allowed in Kentucky.As a major entertainment complex in downtown Louisville for the past 17 years, we feel the continued expansion of casino gambling in Indiana has hurt operations such as ours to a much greater extent than it has Churchill Downs. The competition for alternative discretionary entertainment dollars is fierce, a competition made even greater by an aging population.If casino-type gambling is allowed in Kentucky, why limit it to just the racetracks? If the goal is to raise money for our state (education, health care, housing for the less fortunate or even for bigger purses at the tracks), or to help stem the tide of Kentucky dollars going elsewhere, stimulating economies other than our own, why not allow gambling elsewhere? Hotels? Entertainment complexes such as ours? Convention centers? Bars? Restaurants?Why not spread the economic opportunities casino gambling may offer, and at the same time dramatically increase funds that will flow to our government?We would obviously be happy to share our views on this subject in person or in any hearings or committee meetings where legislation on this question is discussed.Don Blackburn, O’Malley’s CornerEditor’s note: This letter was sent to all Kentucky legislators. Mr. Blackburn reports that to date, he has received no responses.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Sad CatsAttention John Yarmuth:Good one. You have committed political suicide by providing future political opponents with the unabashed truth. Forget the archives of LEO. Now there is footage of you on “The Colbert Report” stating that kittens could be met with a “Fargo”-style disposal. I’m suing you over my cat’s emotional distress.Lesley BlakleyBad RapSince when do Carl Brown’s rants classify him as a restaurant/nightclub critic? Name-dropping in a story is one thing, but that was a little over the top (LEO, Feb. 28, “Happy in the Highlands @ Café 360”). The only thing I got from a half page of his rambling promotions was upset. Carl, on the other hand, got free midnight munchies for a long while, if I had to guess. Must have been a slow week at LEO. Greg AmmonsIssues Over MudMark Nickolas reported in LEO on Feb. 21 that an internal opinion poll released by the Northup campaign for governor shows “Northup strongly outperformed Fletcher by as many as 15 points against potential Democratic challengers in the fall.” Were these respondents likely voters? If not, those results are not worth much.Anyway, I think it’s possible we could actually have an issues-oriented campaign for governor this fall in spite of Northup’s history of mudslinging. Imagine a match-up of Northup versus either Jonathan Miller or Steve Beshear. Both of these candidates are known to be heavy thinkers on public policy matters. Miller has even written an interesting book about public policy and religious values, which I’d highly recommend.As everyone knows, Northup bears the heavy baggage of Bush administration incompetence. Besides the war quagmire, there are failed efforts to privatize Social Security, failure to respond to a big natural disaster, failure to deliver on promises of “compassionate conservatism,” reversals of environmental protection policies, and dithering on corporate corruption.True, these are not state issues. But Northup’s record of supporting failed policies at the federal level says plenty. And many of us wonder whether Northup has ever taken a position she can truly call her own. Just imagine a campaign between Northup and a candidate who’s well known for doing his own thinking, like Miller or Beshear.Tom Louderback

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Band Plays OnIn Bill Doolittle’s contribution to the Feb. 28 arts and entertainment section of Leo, he issues a warning to would-be University of Louisville concertgoers: “While many of the pieces can be captivating, others — well, take our advice: When Corigliano is being performed, you could probably find some other useful things to do.” While Doolittle is certainly entitled to his opinion on the quality of John Corigliano’s vast body of musical work, I feel this statement is very presumptuous. In fact, “Tarantella” from Symphony No. 1 for Wind Band (the work that will be performed both in Louisville and New York) has only been previously performed a handful of times, and I doubt that Doolittle has had the opportunity to hear it live. Furthermore, the piece from which it is drawn, Symphony No. 1, has received a Grawemeyer Award for composition and a Grammy under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Keep Them On Their ToesI want to commend LEO reporter Stephen George for the comprehensive reports of MSD’s punitive actions against an employee and a contractor who reported observations of actions that indicated a blatant misuse of authority and mismanagement of municipal property. I appreciate George’s thorough research and cogent writing. It is important that we be made aware of such important issues of integrity in the conduct of public agencies.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.