The politics and rhetoric are heating up surrounding the infamous “Question A” which will appear on the ballot in November. Both sides are claiming the other is deceitful. We have not received a mailer from the pro-slots camp, but based on this one from the No Slots At The Mall people, it is obvious that they are distorting facts and trading on fear and innuendo.
This image is the cover. It certainly seems that the UPS-esque deliveryman is pushing his slot machine into the mall. The assumption that most people will make from this photo is that while the kids are pumping quarters into the gumball machines, mom and dad will be pumping them in the slot machines! Is this true? Not at all! The slots parlor is in a separate building on a separate parcel of land and is detached from the mall. Do the No Slots At The Mall people believe that the Sheraton in Annapolis is “in” the Annapolis Mall? Do they think that there is a full blown campus of Anne Arundel County Community College “in” the mall? An informed voter will see this ad for what it is. But it appears that No Slots At The Mall may be targeting the uninformed.
Let’s take a look at the interior.
Well, they got one out of three correct. Yes, on November 2nd, we will vote on Question A. But it is not “simply” a vote to stop the slots at Arundel Mills. It is a vote to overturn zoning for slots ANYWHERE in Anne Arundel County. The law that was passed was for slots to be located in specific zoning designations. The two designations are Laurel Park and near Arundel Mills Mall. So stopping slots near the mall will effectively stop slots in the county.
But they don’t let you know that. On this page, they declare that “we can find” and “we’ll find” a more appropriate place for slots. Perhaps if anyone from the No Slots At The Mall camp is reading this (Brion Umidi, Treasurer, perhaps?), they can leave a comment and let us know where all of these other locations might be.
Remember, back in 2008, the voters of Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and the district surrounding Arundel Mills all voted overwhelmingly in favor of having slots in the areas designated by the change in the State’s Constitution. Slots were allowed (subject to local zoning approvals) in Anne Arundel County within 2 miles of MD 295.
So, as we wait to receive the pro-slots mailer, we offer these contradictions to ponder. Maybe someone will be able to clarify them.