A summary of Baltimore Sun editorials that appeared in...


December 06, 1992

A summary of Baltimore Sun editorials that appeared in other county editions recently.

Carroll County

* By refusing this week to endorse legislation that would legalize video poker games at Carroll County's fraternal organizations, the commissioners made the correct decision.

They resisted the entreaties of these groups, several of which have been raided for maintaining illegal gaming devices and others that have fallen on hard financial times. The commissioners correctly put the welfare of the community ahead of the county's 10 fraternal lodges.

The question of legalizing video poker is likely to resurface, particularly since Gov. William Donald Schaefer appears adamant about installing keno lottery in Maryland. Carroll's fraternal organizations will argue if the state can capitalize on people's weaknesses, why shouldn't they? . . .

There is a short answer: Two wrongs don't make a right. The state is wrong for pushing keno as a quick and painless method of raising revenue and reducing the budget deficit . . .

Carroll's fraternal organizations also have choices other than video poker. If they are losing their clientele, then the members of those organizations have to figure out ways to attract people to their lodges. If they want to give more to charity, they can use the traditional -- and legal -- methods such as bull roasts, raffles and dances to raise money for good causes. True, these methods require much more work and wouldn't generate as much cash. But neither do these methods prey upon the poor and the gambling-addicted, as video poker would. . . Dec. 2.

Howard County

* Give Earl Armiger credit for telling it like it is when it comes to why some people oppose building affordable homes in Howard County.

"They couch their arguments in terms of protecting the environment or overcrowding of schools and roads," said Mr. Armiger, a developer and former president of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. "But I don't think this really explains what brings them out to protest apartment zoning."

And what does bring them out? "They have an idea that people who live in apartments or high-density housing are undesirables," Mr. Armiger said . . .

As a recent report compiled by the Legg Mason Realty Group for the county's Department of Housing and Community Development shows, Howard County rents remain the highest in the Baltimore area. The effect is one of squeezing out low- to moderate-income households. . . .

What is the county doing about this problem? Not a whole lot . . . The real issue may be the unspoken one that Mr. Armiger so aptly described . . . Nov. 25.

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