Md.'s ill-considered, headlong rush to expand gambling

August 16, 2012

Thank you for continuing to push back against the gorilla now moving through the special session ("Las Vegas on the Chesapeake," Aug. 13). I just don't think there is enough money within the state of Maryland to support all these casinos in a fashion that makes the casino operators happy and leaves the state flush with cash.

With neighboring states approving their own casinos, it is unrealistic to think that anyone will bother to come to Maryland to gamble. I think Hollywood Casino's woes are just the tip of the iceberg.

Have you noticed that whenever elected officials want to do something that is viewed negatively by voters, they say that it will benefit education and libraries? When the state wanted a lottery, they said all of the proceeds would go to education. If that were the case, our buildings would be state of the art now.

I feel like there's a freight train rumbling down the tracks with only one lone voice attempting to stop it. How can we help derail this train?

Ann Betten, Stevenson

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