Seeing dollar signs, O'Malley changed his tune on casino gambling [Letter]

May 20, 2014

I spilled my coffee and laughed out loud when I read this sentence in David Selig's Preakness commentary ("Coffee Companion (5/19): Chrome's nose, throwback uniforms and more," May 19).

He wrote: "The casinos that have opened under the administration of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Brown have aided the horse racing industry by boosting the size of purses."

Some of us remember the five years between 2002 and 2007 when Mr. O'Malley and the dim bulbs in Annapolis fought allowing any casinos to operate in Maryland and said that using gambling money to help the state was "morally bankrupt" because casinos would bring "undesirable people, prostitution and crime."

Let's not give Mr. O'Malley and the state legislature any credit for helping Maryland's great horse racing industry. It would be long gone if not for the money that casinos have generated here.

Jim Rogers, Baltimore

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