Letter: Thankful for VFW, Legion slots OK

August 21, 2012|Letter to The Aegis


Let's thank State Delegate Rick Impallaria for his effort in Annapolis last week. Finally our veteran's organizations such as the American Legions and VFW posts will be allowed gamming. We all know that gambling is here to stay and now our veterans clubs will be able to have five machines.

I would also like to thank Senators Barry Glassman and J. B. Jennings for their support in the senate. What is disappointing to me is that our other delegates voted against the bill knowing that if the veterans did not get gamming in the special session, they never would. It was more important to them to hand the governor a defeat than help the veterans. By reading the papers they all sound happy now but when the arm twisting by leadership started they all caved, but 1.

Some counties such as Cecil and Kent have had gamming in veterans clubs for years. Those counties got that for their support for the construction of the subway. Harford County was to be part of that but then elected a state delegate rejected it and our local veteran's organization has been suffering ever since. I would also like to point out that the bill passed by only 1 vote.

From a gold star sibling, Thanks!

Richard D. Schafer

Havre de Grace

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