Dear readers, do you remember Mr. Horse from "Ren and Stimpy"? Of course you do! Certainly you recall his tag line, "No sir, I don't like it!"
Such can be said of HoCo's own Delegate Frank Turner and his continuing thoughts on the expansion of gambling-- adding the proposed sixth casino at National Harbor and adding table games to all six casino locations. Lindsey McPherson brings you all the excitement here.
Being just two scant months from the end of the 2012 General Assembly session, and with the gampling special session scheduled for next month, one wouldn't expect Delegate Turner to feel any differently. And his opposition is both principled and logical. Especially so, IMHO, is his thought that maybe the state should wait until all five gaming locations are open and operational before trying to decide whether the market can handle an additional location.
Unfortunately, I fear that the tide of this issue is becoming a wave that if not next month, will soon overwhelm the Assembly's gambling opponents. With the economy still in the crapper and no immediate end to the funk in sight, gambling remains the only fertile soil of new tax revenue there is. Because we ALL know pot's not going to be legalized anytime soon.
So I wish Delegate Turner good fortune is his efforts to forrestal the inexorable, possibly inevitable arrival of another gaming site and full-fledged casinos to Maryland. I fear however that the efforts will ultimately be in vain.