For those who promote casino gambling, the natural competition between states is often their biggest ally. Now that Delaware's horse tracks have slot machines, the Maryland tracks - and those who hope to benefit from slot-machine revenue - are clamoring for the same thing. That's why we welcome the proposal from Maryland Del. John R. Leopold.
Leopold, a member of the state's 1995 gambling task force, wrote to Pennsyvalia Gov. Tom Ridge to promote the idea of working against gambling expansion on a regional basis. The idea came out of the task force's work, but for now, Ridge's spokesman says it isn't on his agenda.
If Delaware, Maryland, Pennyslvania and West Virginia could agree to oppose expansion of casino gambling, it would go a long way toward thwarting casino operators and people like Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, who sees gambling revenues as a way to lift many in his city out of poverty.