Casino a good bet for city -- or is it?This letter is in...

LETTERS

November 05, 1995

Casino a good bet for city -- or is it?

This letter is in response to an article The Sun printed Oct. 17 about the proposed casino resort in the Inner Harbor, sponsored by Primadonna Resorts, Inc.

Included were a number of reasons why building the casino complex, which includes a 1,000-room hotel, a concert arena, an indoor-outdoor roller coaster and two acres of gambling space, would be harmful for the Baltimore community.

One of the reasons given stated that the casino complex would increase crime in the city. I don't see how a casino would affect crime. There would be no drug trading in or on the casino grounds. I would think there would be armed police keeping watch over the casino to make sure there would be no acts of cheating or stealing. I would like to believe that crime would decrease in that area because police would be patrolling the grounds around the clock.

Another argument made against the casino was that it would not include real jobs, only "fluff." But in order to build the complex, you need a construction team which generally means more jobs for the good citizens of Baltimore. You also need people to run not only the casino, but also the hotel, arena and amusement park. With the new casino complex, tourists would be coming in at a greater rate and spending their money on Baltimore attractions. They would also be tempted to visit other sites in the Inner Harbor, not to mention Camden Yards.

The officials who are against the idea of bringing a casino to Baltimore are committing a terrible crime. They are depriving Baltimore of valuable jobs and financial opportunities. They should rethink their decision and come to grips with reality.

Suzanne Mazzone

Ellicott City

The Sun recently published an article about proposed plans for a $250 million casino. If the state approves casino gambling, Primadonna Resorts Inc. hopes to build the structure on the Inner Harbor East waterfront property.

Although the addition of a luxurious casino will lure more tourists to Baltimore, in the long run it will only affect the lives of the people who live and work in the city. Local restaurants will be competing with the newer casino eateries and the hotels will also compete with the casino hotel.

The president of Primadonna Resorts Inc. said, "It's an overall family attraction." Sure, a roller coaster is fun for kids, but the underlying theme is still gambling. Are we going to allow our kids to think that gambling is good? People believe that gambling can help you get out of hard times, but in the end, it comes back to haunt you.

Baltimore has many other attractions that have brought tourists from all over for years. The city doesn't need a casino to make it any better.

Lindsay von Paris

Ellicott City

Internet innovator entitled to credit

I would like to comment on the Oct. 24 article, "Governments busy spinning Web pages," by James Coram.

I was very disappointed that Mr. Coram neglected to mention Nina S. Benz, the systems and programming manager for Howard County government. Mrs. Benz was primarily responsible for developing the innovative ideas for this project as well as putting it on-line. This is further demonstrated by the e-mail address: http:/www.-softaid net/nbenz. It is difficult to understand how she failed to make the article when she was present and contributed information during the same interview as Richard Biggs, and he is mentioned several times.

As Mrs. Benz's daughter, I know that her love and dedication for both Howard County and her profession are reward enough for her. However, I want to see her get the acknowledgment she deserves for a job well done.

Kathleen Benz

Baltimore

Kill tobacco farm subsidies

On Oct. 16, you printed a letter from Joe Duvall, a tobacco farmer from Upper Marlboro. Mr. Duvall wrote that he feels the state is being too hard on the tobacco industry. He cited the rampant pollution in Southern Maryland and the anti-smoking laws that have been recently passed. I agree that something should be done about the pollution, but I take serious issue with his allegations that the state is being cruel to its tobacco farmers.

The country still subsidizes its tobacco farmers, and, under the current Republican Congress, it looks like that's only going to increase. This is something that I can neither understand or condone. Because smoking is as popular as it is, the government also must grant tax money to smoking rehabilitation programs and hospitals. One way to help solve this problem is to stop subsidizing tobacco farmers.

I think the majority of non-smoking workers in the state will be more comfortable without having to breathe in their colleagues' second-hand smoke.

It's true that second-hand smoke is not the sole cause of air pollution in the state. All pollution should be regulated, but now, thanks to the governor, our air is just a little bit safer to breathe.

Tom Breihan

Ellicott City

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