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Slots in Arundel Mills mall? Don't bet on success

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The issue of where slot machines should be placed in Maryland has once again demonstrated that the state's politics are uniquely illogical ["Arundel Mills zoning for casino approved," Metro, Dec. 22].

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The decision not to put slots at one or both of the state's major thoroughbred racetracks clearly was made without Marylanders' interests in mind. Placing slots next to a shopping mall is like placing an emergency room in a supermarket instead of a hospital. People who gamble go to racetracks, casinos or slot parlors, not shopping malls. And anyone who thinks a six-week live racing season at Pimlico (just so Maryland can retain the Preakness) can keep horse racing alive in Maryland clearly has not been to Pimlico in recent years; it is among the most decrepit facilities not yet demolished in Baltimore.

Why can't Maryland have a nice, friendly racetrack with horse racing, slots, restaurants, entertainment, etc., as other states have? What, other than Baltimore money and influence, could explain why the state is going in a direction sure to fail? Why can't the Cordish Cos. get together with the Maryland Jockey Club and develop the racetracks in a way that makes sense?

David I. Sommers, Kensington


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