Let's face it, the only people beating the drums for casinos are the casino gambling interests and their representatives. They will be the big winners if casinos are legalized in Maryland. The citizens of Maryland and many small business owners will be the big losers. Marylanders should be made aware that casinos erode the quality of life wherever they locate.
As Ocean City Mayor Roland E. "Fish" Powell said in testifying against casino gambling at the July 24 public hearing in Easton . . . when Ocean City had illegal gambling in the 1940s only a handful of families profited while others lost their livelihoods. He said, "I personally witnessed farmers lose $30,000 to the roll of the dice." If illegal gambling can wreak such havoc, just imagine what legalized gambling will do.