October 26, 1995
OTHER POLITICIANS may need to weigh both public opinion and the siren songs of well-paid lobbyists before taking a stand on casinos. Not the Republican caucus in the House of Delegates. Credit these lawmakers with the courage of their convictions. They agreed this week to vote as a bloc in opposition to casino gambling in Maryland.Predictably, lobbyists called the decision "premature" and, shamefully, some Democratic officials joined in the criticism. But what is there to wait for if, like these delegates, you think the principles at stake in the question of casino gambling are more important than glittering promises of fool's gold.
October 20, 1995
IN THE long-standing debate over whether gambling casinos should be permitted in Maryland, The Sun has consistently argued that communities which tolerate casinos will experience a marked decline in their quality of life and the creation of a new population of compulsive gamblers. In Maryland, invariably the latter argument involves citing a 1990 study purporting to demonstrate the dangers and costs of ''compulsive gambling in Maryland.''That study, invoked by The Sun in its Oct. 1 editorial, ''An apple in the Garden of Eden'' is cited as evidence that the introduction of gambling would mean the creation of tens of thousands of ''compulsive gamblers.
June 30, 1995
That headlined question is one a blue-ribbon task force led by former Sen. Joseph D. Tydings must answer in its examination of the pros and cons of casino gambling in Maryland. By late this year, we should have the task force's final decision.It will be watched carefully. Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who chose five of the nine members (the others he selected are Bob Embry of the Abell Foundation; Ted Lewis of St. Mary's College; Ben Brown, the former city solicitor, and Hagerstown banker William Reuter)
March 24, 1995
A nine-member task force, with a majority of its members appointed by the governor, wouldbe asked to study the future of legalized casino gambling in Maryland under a bill approved by a House committee last night.The proposed Joint Executive-Legislative Task Force to Study Commercial Gaming would be made up of two state senators, two delegates and five public members appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening in consultation with the Senate president and House speaker. The governor also would designate the chairman.
August 4, 1995
HOW do editorialists in other parts of Maryland feel about the legalization of casino gambling? Here's one opinion, from the July 26 edition of the Montgomery Journal:"The state is heading down a road to future problems if lawmakers open the door to casino gambling in Maryland. We worry that average people are not going to make their anti-gambling views known during the three remaining state hearings being held on the issue."Lawmakers and the governor, absent the views of voters and ordinary families, could be left with the impression that the primary opposition to casino gambling comes from existing entertainment and tourism businesses, thoroughbred racing representatives and restaurateurs who worry casinos will cut into their revenues.
June 27, 1995
Joseph D. Tydings, ex-U.S. senator, ex-U.S. attorney, yesterday returned to public service. He is leading a blue-ribbon task force studying casino gambling in Maryland. The group's decisions could prove pivotal in determining the fate of expanded gambling in this state.Under normal circumstances, this should be an enormous and ambitious undertaking. Turning Maryland into a mecca for casinos and slot-machine venues cannot be undertaken without thorough and thoughtful study and analysis. The implications are immense.