Letter: Special session on gambling proposal is 'inexcusable' waste of money

August 09, 2012

Maryland, my Maryland, what are we doing? Why does Virginia have a $130 million surplus without one slot parlor?

I guess it can really be said we are in the "dog days of summer." Our state legislative body has been asked this week to attend a Special Session. Why? This session will probably include discussion on discrimination of pit bulls. Of course, the main thrust of this session is to discuss the feasibility of a November referendum on a sixth slots parlor in the state.

I say let these dogs lay. Don't think about giving a doggy treat for adding a sixth slots parlor, especially since two of the original five parlors have yet to be established. Don't toss in a bone by lowering taxes to the owners of these parlors. It's not fair for voters, who just endured their taxes being raised!

The referendum should only ask voters if table games are viable for the five already approved by Maryland voters, which I would vote in favor of. It would definitely be an additional source of revenue, and then they can be called "casinos."

In conclusion, you can discuss the pit bull situation at the next session, not put a sixth slot parlor on the referendum and simply ask the voters if we want table games. In the future will it be possible to not waste taxpayers' dollars by eliminating special sessions because of special interest groups and political favors. This session is inexcusable.

Stuart M. Kohn

North Laurel

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