City casino will take from the poor

October 15, 2012

The recent Question 7 commentary by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was very misleading ("Question 7 keeps the money in Md." Oct. 11). I believe a new casino in Baltimore will not fix the city's struggling schools or result in any discernible gains. The only net gains will be the increase in organized crime that this casino will invite into the city. Baltimore is already one of the poorest large cities in the U.S. and has myriad issues, both fiscal and social. While Question 7 will, in fact, raise money for the state, the mayor fails to mention that this revenue will most likely be coming from many of the city's poor. Building a casino to curb poverty is like building a strip club to cure sex addiction.

The rich corporations that build these casinos and sell people a false dream of wealth will certainly benefit by taking our money. The government who rakes in the revenue will also benefit by taxing these private facilities. A casino in Baltimore will result in nothing more than a shift of money from the poorest to the wealthiest.

If the mayor wishes to the turn the city into even more of a slum, then installing a casino in the middle of it will most certainly be a step in the right direction. Of course, the mayor will not be one of those desperate gamblers spending their fortune late into the night. She will probably be busy attending the hottest concert at the 1st Mariner Arena, free of charge.

Greg Prush, Pikesville

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