Maryland doesn't need another casino
Re: "Casino operators up ante to $24m in gambling fight," Sept. 26
I will vote "no" to approve another Maryland casino. My husband racked up $60,000 on his credit cards because he was addicted to gambling. To cover debts exceeding his gross annual salary, he ran a shell game moving money between 17 accounts. He died not long after filing for bankruptcy.
FYI: Maryland law allows credit card companies to pursue spouses even if they are not on the account!
Gambling is never a good thing. In a bad economy, desperate people do desperate things. Instead of food, one Union Station panhandler buys hundreds of D.C. lottery tickets even though he loses 99 percent of the time. Casinos' odds are even worse than state lotteries because their machines are programmed to favor "the house."
My advice: Gamble for free on your computer, donate directly to your local school system, and if you want a job, do something that won't prey on others' weaknesses.
Obama's own words argue against second term
There is no shortage of people who enjoy pointing out that in a February 2009 interview, President Obama himself said, "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition". But when I re-watched this interview recently, Obama's general statement, made more than once, that the president is accountable to the nation and expects to be held accountable stuck out.
The national debt was a key topic of the interview and some believe Obama was only referring to the economic difficulties associated with the Troubled Asset Relief Program. No matter what his meaning was then, however, it's difficult to point to anything that has been "turned around".
Responsibility and accountability are always closely associated, and no matter how his "one term proposition" statements are viewed, there is no way to avoid the fact that the American people have the responsibility to do what the president himself expects and hold him accountable in the only way citizens can: at the polls on November 6th.
Romney, GOP devalue the 47 percent
Re: "Who are Romney's 47 percent? A breakdown," Sept. 20
Mitt Romney's disdain for the 47 percent shows he is not up to the task of beingpresident. It is good that the majority of working people know who Romney is and what he really believes before Election Day. It is the height of arrogance for him, Paul Ryan and the GOP to think that America owes everything she has been, is, and forever will be to the richest among us.
It's unwise for Republicans to devalue workers and their important contributions to society. They keep our streets safe, teach our children, collect our garbage, build our houses, roads, bridges, and fight our fires and our wars. In reality, it takes all of us -- rich, middle class and poor working together -- to make America function effectively. We are all dependent on each other. No one can make it alone.
This presidential election will help decide what kind of country we want to be: an interdependent compassionate community or a divisive,chaotic nation that floundersin perpetual political gridlock.
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.