Mayor's questionable position on gambling

October 15, 2012

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake writes that a vote for Question 7 is a vote for Baltimore schools and that it will allow a world-class casino to be built on Russell Street ("Question 7 keeps the money in Md." Oct. 11). Last I checked, Baltimore already owns that right and is really only getting table games out of this closed door deal with the big three, Gov. Martin O'Malley, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. She conveniently left that out.

So how did Ms. Rawlings-Blake get to be part of the inside and become such a staunch gambling supporter? I can imagine that when she was invited down to meet with these three cronies, she was given a glimpse of what it feels like to be a power broker in Annapolis and blinded by the bright lights and fast talk. I would have thought she would lead with her own mind and not be swept in to the combined hubris of these three who really believe they are above the people of this state and can now rule and govern among themselves and the peasants will follow along.

I would have thought the good mayor would have sided with the people and avoided this display of arrogance. Instead, she settled in, drank the Kool-Aid and got in line.

Larry Lawson, Pasadena

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