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Slots at BWI are a bad idea

Regarding your recent report on a the bill to put slot machines at BWI airport, there are other means to generate revenues for Maryland and Anne Arundel County ("Bill to put slots at BWI returns," Feb. 5).

Putting slot machines in the airport will only jeopardize airport security, increase the cost of airport security and have a bad influence on minors by exposing them to the gambling environment.

It will also distract the passengers and make them miss their flights and compete with the newly opened Maryland Live Casino just miles away from BWI.

Do we want to turn BWI into a mega-gambling airport like the one in Las Vegas? Did we lose our vision to promote Maryland into a science- and technology-oriented state?

I urge legislators to think before proposing and passing such a bill.

Chiou-Yang Cheng

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