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Now It's Your Turn: Slots at Arundel Mills mall?

John Wagner

Aftter months of debate, state and county panels could make key decisions Dec. 7 about a proposed slots casino at Arundel Mills mall. Before they act, tell us what you think. Should slots be allowed at the mall? If not, why not? If so, would you come play?

Tell us what you think by posting a comment below.

On Monday, we asked you which Republican should take on Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) if former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) does not seek a rematch.

This much is clear from your responses: Larry Hogan has some motivated supporters. He was mentioned far more than anyone else on the Maryland Politics Web site and on our Facebook page.

Bob Tousey put it this way: "I think overall Hogan is the Republican's best choice. Even though I like Bob Ehrlich and consider him a friend I think people are in the mood for change. Change is not bringing back a former Governor. Larry Hogan is qualified, a breath of fresh air and is the best chance to defeat O'Malley in 2010. If dynamics were different I would be saying it would be Bob Ehrlich but with the dynamics at play to day it is clearly Larry Hogan."

Other names mentioned included Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold (R) and Senate Minority Leader Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard).

Speaking of Kittleman, sgoddard88 wrote that he "is a proven moderate Republican who could resonate with residents from the 5 counties needed to win the governorship, Anne Arundel, Baltimore County, MoCo, and parts of PG County, Baltimore City, along with those from Howard County and the northern parts of the state."

By John Wagner  |  November 24, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
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Its a dumb idea to put slots at the mall, period.

Posted by: Hanover_Resident | November 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I see no educational value in playing slots. It you want to rid yourself of funds, donate it to some worthy cause.

Posted by: robinficker | November 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I voted against slots, but lost. So now that they are here, let's make them work. Put them in Mall and ALL racetracks in the state. Let the good times roll! And for those who think slots aren't educational, think of the potential teachable moments for statistics, probablity, and math in general WOW. Marylans schools will soar.

Posted by: VikingRider | November 24, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I think it would be a bad decision to put slots in Arundel Mills Mall. What will happen is a big increase in crime from the new element that slots bring in. I would not be opposed to putting slots in the poorer counties like Somerset and Garrett to create jobs. Most people travel to West Virginia and Delaware anyway

Posted by: mr_kimJones | November 24, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The real issue is the lack of community protections. Why does Balitmore City, with a 1 sq mile area for slots, get a 1/4 mile protection from homes whrn AA Co., with a 75 sq mile area for slots, not get any? No slots near homes!

Posted by: Rob_A | November 24, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I voted against slots. Now that the plan the pols cooked up appears to have tanked, I suggest this alternative.

Instead of having just maybe two or if they are lucky five slots locations around the state, take a lesson from Nevada. Slots everywhere.

Instead of forcing the peeps to go to the slots bring bring the slots to them. Convenience is key.

Every building that provides a government function, or depends in any way on government revenue should contain a bank of slots. Then license the private sector. Grocery stores, child minders etc.

Posted by: countbobulescu | November 25, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Slots everywhere would be fine, but only if they doled out Maryland tax credits as the prize.

Otherwise, every community should stand up against this sorry excuse for fiscal responsibility. Arundel Mills was built, by design, with residential areas surrounding the place. You don't lure everyone in, drive up the cost of housing, then scare them all off and pull the rug out from under them.

Posted by: YouMustBeJoking | November 25, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Bad idea! Why? Because the proposed casino at Arundel Mills will:
• overburden an existing site,
• be in a location with two failing intersections which cannot accommodate current traffic,
• be situated too close to a residential community whith thousands of homes(Baltimore is protected by 1/4 mile buffer zone),
• lead to a higher crime rate,
• reduce available parking in a retail area with already severely limited parking,
• increase the amount of traffic,
• result in no room for any other expansion in the area,
•change the character of the self prescribed family oriented mall.

Posted by: ConcernedinHanover | November 25, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This is a terrible idea. I voted for slots but they sold the idea as a way to save the horse racing industry by putting slots at the tracks. This was bait and switch!

Posted by: RealChoices | November 25, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Cathy Vitale has done a fantastic job seeing this through. She has looked at every aspect of the proposal. Slots oh I’m sorry, “video terminals” at the Mall I don’t believe is a good idea. If they must be at Arundel Mills, put them someplace adjacent to the mall in a more industrial area.

Posted by: LoveAACo | November 26, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

The slots plan includes a $100 million annual public subsidy to the horse racing industry! I can't imagine a bigger waste of money. The applicants for the Anne Arundel site now have six registered lobbyists massaging the County Council, just need one more then each Councilman will have their own lobbyist.

Posted by: msl49 | November 26, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Arundel Mills Mall is located within 1/2 mile of some of the best new residential developments in Anne Arundel county for young families. These developments have drawn in many young professionals, and improved local property values, the tax base, the schools, and the prospects for business. Having slot machines so close to these developments will likely drive down property values and drive away young families who would otherwise move to Hanover. This is not fair to the homeowners who relied on a legal covenant barring casinos in Hanover when they poured their life savings into a home there.

Posted by: marutinarayan | November 29, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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