As chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party and a resident of Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons's district, I confess that I don't think of myself as being undertaxed ["Gaming Peter to Pay Peter," Close to Home, Feb. 2]. Not only is the assessed value of my house going up, but my property tax rate also will likely rise in order to pay for a new transportation initiative. And it may rise even further in order to increase funding for county schools.
Mr. Simmons opposes slot machines. That's okay if he has a responsible alternative revenue source. However, a bill to prohibit organized gambling from making political contributions to candidates for state and local office doesn't provide a fiscal alternative.
If Mr. Simmons is truly committed to eliminating the influence of political contributions from interest groups, why isn't he seeking a similar limitation on the teachers union (which endorsed him in his last race) or on development interests (which contributed a large percentage of the $400,000 raised by his former aide, County Council member Steven Silverman)?
Maryland and Montgomery County are facing fiscal problems that require substantive solutions, not feel-good, pseudo-clean-government proposals.