Gambling flacks have lots of cash, but can't vote

LETTERS

October 22, 1995

The last Governor's Gambling Task Force Hearing is over! When I got home, I made sure homework was done, loaded the dishwasher, ensured teeth were brushed, prayers said and watched the news. I'm exhausted.

As my boys headed to bed, my 12-year-old said, "Mom, I'm really proud of you. What you're doing is great!"

I fear I haven't done enough.

One of the proponents inferred that casinos would bring salvation to the single, black mother who would be on welfare without a job that only the casinos can provide. If only he'd stepped out into the hallway and met Sandra, the lady waiting for the hearing to conclude, so she could clean. Sandra is a single, black mom raising a 10-year-old son. At times she's needed public assistance, but this woman is a shining example of strength and courage.

She told me that she didn't want casinos in Maryland. She also said that there are plenty of jobs around, but some people are just too lazy to work, and the casinos can't fix that. God love her, she's right.

The casino interests brought a cavalcade of entertainment from New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Florida, Mississippi, Iowa, Indiana, etc. As I contemplate how much money it's costing the casinos to woo Maryland, I realize that I have something none of them have -- a Maryland voter registration card.

Kimberly S. Roman

Glen Burnie

Casinos would kill a grand sport

A report by a committee of five former chairmen of the Chamber of Commerce has recommended casino gambling for Maryland.

Acknowledging that such gambling might well deal a death blow to Maryland's horse racing industry, the report concludes that "the state has no obligation to save a dying industry." Here are men who have achieved stature working for monopolistic, competition-free businesses deciding that the racing industry is dying.

On the contrary, racing in Maryland is making a remarkable recovery from wounds inflicted by the state's multitude of quick-buck gaming ventures. It continues to generate more than a billion dollars annually to the economy. Its peripheral employment extends from breeding farms to admission gates, parking lots to tack shops, betting windows to hay and straw farms. And horse racing is the best policed sport in the world. It is entertainment where you can have a financial interest in the performance of the equine athlete of your choice.

Those who must roll the dice or pull the arm of a slot machine may do so in another state. Let's hope that Maryland is never so weak that it must turn to casino gam

bling as a salvation.

Lester

Round Bay

Crofton: Dumping ground of the county

Del. Marsha Perry is rightly "outraged" at the Maryland Department of Environment's withdrawal of its proposal to require liners for landfills.

Residents of Crofton-Odenton and neighboring environs, however, should understand that their basic problem goes much deeper (pardon the pun). The County Council member from West County has historically supported extension of the life of the Millersville landfill and his predecessor and their County Board of Appeals appointees have given us the new Crofton Rubble Landfill.

This latest move merely enhances West County's reputation as the dumping ground for Anne Arundel County.

Bill D. Burlison

Odenton

In and out of the barrel

I'm writing in reference to Gregory Kane's column in the Oct. 14 edition. The column was about affirmative action as discussed by students in Anne Arundel County.

NTC Mr. Kane stated that white males are against affirmative action because they "don't want to take their turn in the barrel."

Mr. Kane, I'm a 48-year-old white male and I have been in the "barrel" for the past 30 years to assure people like you an equal opportunity in the work force. I was more than willing to do my part to be sure that people of "our generation" competed in a field of fair play, but I will not be "tried" and "sentenced" for transgressions that my great-grandfather may have committed against your African-American grandfather.

You stated at the end of your piece that there was just "one problem:" black students were invited to the meeting "but opted not to show." Maybe it's this lack of initiative that will prevent them from succeeding in the working world and not whites holding them back.

-! By the way, I'm coming out of

the barrel.

Ray Finecey

Eldersburg

Cocaine vs. 'Queen Nicotina'

The news media recently featured articles that described how the United States is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in a losing battle to eliminate the cultivation of cocaine in Bolivia. It is ironic that we are wasting taxpayer's money to combat a product that kills approximately 560 Americans each year while we simultaneously spend taxpayer's money to support tobacco growth in this country, despite the fact that tobacco kills more than 400,000 Americans each year.

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