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NEWS
October 24, 2008
The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce has endorsed U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in his bid for a ninth term and has come out in favor of legalizing slots. Also, the Chamber is supporting four Washington County Board of Education candidates - Wayne D. Ridenour, W. Edward Forrest, Justin M. Hartings and Donna Brightman. The Chamber released its endorsements on Thursday in an e-mail statement. For Bartlett, the Chamber's statement says, "Our community's greatest short-term need from the federal government is help with infrastructure.
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NEWS
October 22, 2008
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A majority of Maryland voters support a referendum that would legalize slot machines in the state, according to a Washington Post poll. The poll conducted for an article in Wednesday's paper found that 62 percent of likely voters expressed support for the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot, while 36 percent said they would vote against it. Two percent said they are undecided. Gov. Martin O'Malley has billed the constitutional amendment legalizing slots as part of the solution to the state's fiscal problems.
NEWS
By THE REV. DENNIS WHITMORE | October 20, 2008
For years, I have pondered the debate on slots, and gambling in general. A friend heard former Gov. Robert Ehrlich on his Baltimore radio show exclaim, "Where is that pastor from Laurel who so adamantly opposed slots?" Since I pastored in Laurel and was a leading opponent, maybe he meant me. I don't know. Nice to be missed. Glad he found work. I've been reflecting on this. Some readily dismiss a pastor's view because religious leaders typically oppose stuff -- especially if it's fun. But there are some things that are actually traps disguised as "fun.
NEWS
October 19, 2008
Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail. Last week there were three poll questions. The first question was: What expenses have you cut the most because of the difficult economy? "What difficult economy?!?!? Gas has come down and that's a good thing!
NEWS
October 17, 2008
Will you vote in favor of legalizing slot machines in Maryland? Yes, Charles Town is too far to drive 26 votes (11 percent) Yes, they'll help education funding 69 votes (29 percent) Yes, for other reasons 63 votes (26 percent) No, they're a budget gimmick 18 votes (7 percent) No, they'll cut into tip-jar sales 2 votes (1 percent) No, for other reasons 64 votes (26 percent) o Votes received as of 10:30 a.m. Thursday on www.herald-mail.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 23, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Two challengers running against U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett say his involvement in an anti-slots movement in Maryland might be inappropriate. Bartlett has joined the steering committee of Marylanders United to Stop Slots, a coalition of state and local officials from both major political parties, along with business and religious groups. A Nov. 4 ballot measure asks Maryland voters if they want to amend the state constitution to legalize up to 15,000 slot machines in five counties.
NEWS
September 21, 2008
Disability services Sept. 22 and 23; Sept. 29 and 30 - The Department of Rehabilitation Services at the Washington County One-Stop Job Center. 10 a.m. to noon, 14 N. Potomac St., Suite 100, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-791-4760. Jobs workshop Sept. 23 and 24; Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 - Early Intervention Job Search Workshop, tips to re-energize your job search. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Washington County One-Stop Job Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Suite 100, Hagerstown. Free.
NEWS
September 14, 2008
With age comes unmerited paranoia, so perhaps I can be forgiven for being suspicious when the announcement of a catastrophic crisis is followed up 30 seconds later by the announcement of a miraculous solution. It may also be a dubious solution, but we're so relieved by the avoidance of the catastrophe that we turn a blind eye to the solution's consequences. Not only that, we fail to inquire as to what caused the catastrophe in the first place. So we hear that the state of Maryland is facing yet another major financial crisis, as the lousy economy has contributed to a revenue shortfall that could lead to a $1 billion deficit.
NEWS
September 11, 2008
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Opponents of slot machines are taking their battle over the November slots referendum to Maryland's highest court. Attorney Irwin Kramer filed a notice of appeal Thursday with the Maryland Court of Appeals. The parties must file briefs by noon Friday, and oral arguments are set for Monday. On Wednesday, a panel of three Anne Arundel County Circuit judges ruled that ballot language asking voters to legalize slots was misleading. They ordered state elections officials to add a single word to the ballot question to make clear that not all revenue from slots would fund education.
NEWS
By DON AINES | September 7, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - When Penn National Gaming acquired the Charles Town Racetrack in 1997, it employed 238 people and nightly purses for the ponies totaled about $20,000, said Roger Ramey, vice president for public affairs at what has grown to become Charles Town Races & Slots. Eleven years and more than $300 million later, Charles Town Races & Slots employs more than 1,300 people and purses have grown to exceed $180,000 per night, General Manager Al Britton said. That investment includes $21 million for The Inn at Charles Town, where West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin cut the ribbon Saturday morning.
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