Local politics has taken a back seat for many in light of the turbulence in Washington these days. Still, on Interstate 495, it’s hard to ignore the signs that have popped up saying “Vote Yes on Question 2 — Good for Schools.”  When I got home and dug deeper, I found out that the issue is really about expanding and legalizing sports betting in Maryland. Seriously?

As a retired educator, I resent the way that “schools” are used as a mantra to promote commercial gambling in our state. They said the same thing about casino gambling and “money for schools” in 2008, and now, six casinos later, they’re using the same ploy. Schools haven’t fared as well as many hoped back then, so best to be wary now.

Marjorie Schulenburg, Laurel