Former Prince George’s County Delegate Gerron Levi (D-23A) has taken it upon herself to lead the charge against a proposal to bring slots to the county. Delegate Levi and other community leaders hope to defeat the proposal in the General Assembly before it is passed and sent to a statewide ballot, or if it does defeat it in Prince George’s County at the polls. Levi and other organizers have been promoting a petition, asking residents to let their legislators know they oppose the bill at www.change.org/petitions/stop-slots-prince-georges.
Below is a guest op-ed we invited Delegate Levi to submit in preparation for a hearing on the bill before the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee tomorrow.
Addictive Entertainment…Mother, Father & The Child
By: Former Delegate Gerron Levi, D-23A (Twitter:
We hear often that the county’s school system suffers because of a lack of “parental involvement”. Young men in the county under perform academically, and are too often suspended or truant. But, we fail to make the connection between these type of outcomes and bad laws and public policy that exacerbate the problem, not lessen it — policies that weaken families and not strengthens them.
It is no accident that Temple Hills and Capitol Heights lead most negative statistic in the county (e.g. crime and foreclosures), and also spend more millions of household disposable income on lottery tickets than almost anywhere else in Maryland. That is an investment that yields virtually no gain for the family or the community at-large.
Yes, these are all personal choices, but I simply disagree that it is the role of our policymakers to reinforce bad personal choices, to the detriment of the common good.
Gerron Levi is a former Prince George’s County Delegate who represented district 23A. Levi vacated her seat in 2010 after she decided to forgo reelection and run for County Executive against Rushern Baker.