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  • Fannie Lou Hamer-Political Action Committ
    To the Brothas and Sistas of Prince George s County, The Washington Post had two interesting articles about gambling and economic development over the last
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 24, 2012
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      To the Brothas and Sistas of Prince George's County,

      The Washington Post had two interesting articles about gambling and economic development over the last several days.  The first article I want to bring to your attention is entitled " A Call of Action to Washington's Business Elite.  Do Not Fail to Come," by Steven Pearlstein.  This article appeared Sunday, January 22 in the Washington Post Business Section.  It is a long article.  You need to read every line.  It gives great suggestions on what the economy of Prince George's should look like.  Further, it gives insight into the cause of regional economic development in the Washington, DC area.  

      The article suggest that the Washington, DC area needs a "business cabal."  The author views a business cabal as a collection of concerned business individuals who view long term development rather than short term gains.  

      The author lists two entities he feels have the best interest of Prince George's County and the Washington Region.  The two entities are The 2030 Group and the The Chesapeake Crescent.  The author views these groups as limited but a good start on the issue of Washington Regional Economic Development.  The author also considers the business community of Suburban Maryland a "Figment of the Imagination."  This so-called business community in Suburban Maryland is over reliant on real estate developers.

      The second article is entitled "Maryland Lawmakers Look to Ease Opposition to Slots in Prince George's," by John Wagner.  This article is a news feature which appeared in the Metro Section of the Washington Post.  The essence of this article is that Senator Mike Miller is trying to compromise on video slots and casino gambling in establishing Rosecroft Race Track as a location for the sixth site in Maryland dedicated to gambling.

      In my opinion, the article by John Wagner, suggest that Senator Miller will do anything to bring gambling to Prince George's County.  He feels that gambling will solve all economic and budgetary needs in the state of Maryland.  

      Is Senator Mike Miller out of his mind!  If video slots and casino gambling are so damn great then why not place them in Calvert County where he lives.  If he truly believes prostitution, drugs and crime are not associated with gambling entities, let's put them at Chesapeake Beach where he lives.  

      Brothas and Sistas, please read the two attached articles.  Let us not be dependent on two White business entities for policy planning and economic development in the Suburbs of Washington, DC.  The U.S. Census Bureau and the American Community Survey suggest that by 2030, Maryland will be majority African American.  If Black elected officials in the MD General Assembly and on PG County Council Members let slots and gambling casinos develop in Southern Prince George's County, Maryland, then history will know why Prince George's County will be a devastated slum in the Washington, DC region in the year 2030.  

      In Jesus name, I beg you to read these two articles and start the discussion on what should be a viable economic mode of production in PG County.  Yes...I call it PG County rather than Prince George's County, because in my opinion, there is nothing gorgeous about slots and casino gambling paying for education and health care in this county.  The notion of gambling addicts utilizing their resources to make Penn National rich and the crumbs are left over goes to pay for educational and social needs of Prince George's County is a sin and a disgrace!  

      What did your momma or grandma tell you; "The Lord don't like ugly."  It is ugly to let Senator Miller control the destiny of one million Black and Brown people in Prince George's County over the next 20 years.  What the hell is wrong with y'all!  

      If not us, then who. If not now, then when.

      Respectfully yours,

      Radamase Cabrera

      Steven Pearlstein: A call of action to Washington’s business elite. Do not fail to come.

      By Steven PearlsteinPublished: January 21

      Every month, a group of Northern Virginia’s top business executives meets for cocktails, dinner and private conversation at — where else? — the Tower Club in Tysons Corner.

      A lot has changed in the decades since George Johnson, then the president of the small, struggling George Mason University, first convened the 123 Club, in large part because of the efforts of the men gathered around Johnson’s dining room table.

      Because of the foundation they laid, Northern Virginia has become one of the richest and fastest-growing economies in the country. Northern Virginia is finally getting some of the money and attention it deserves from the state government down in Richmond. Tysons Corner, Reston and the Dulles Corridor were developed. Metro was built out into the suburbs. Dulles Airport was transformed from an isolated airport into a thriving domestic and international hub. And George Mason, where I now teach, has become the largest public university in the state and one of the up-and-coming state universities in the country.

      These days, however, the 123 Club (which takes its name from the nearby state highway) is a pale shadow of its former self, lacking an agenda, strong leadership or a membership that packs much political clout. And in that respect, it is not unlike most of the other business organizations in the Washington region, including the Federal City Council in the District and the Greater Washington Board of Trade, whose ambition and influence have declined over the past decade.

      Please read the entire article by going to the following link:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/steven-pearlstein-a-call-of-action-to-washingtons-business-elite/2012/01/16/gIQA3xUqGQ_story.html

      Md. lawmakers look to ease opposition to slots in Prince George’s

      By John WagnerPublished: January 20

      In a bid to ease opposition to a new slots site in Prince George’s County, Maryland lawmakers are crafting legislation that contains several sweeteners for the state’s other casinos, which stand to lose business if a new location opens.

      The bill, as described by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., would increase the share of proceeds that casino operators are allowed to keep and would authorize the addition of Las Vegas-style table games, such as blackjack and roulette. Miller (D-Calvert) said operators might be able to keep all proceeds from those new offerings.

      The bill taking shape will be the opening gambit in what is expected to be a session-long debate over the future of gambling in the state. As Maryland has struggled to open five casinos authorized by voters in 2008, surrounding states have taken steps to make their programs more lucrative.

      The bill that Miller described calls for competitive bids for a sixth slots site to be located in a small swath of western Prince George’s that includes Rosecroft Raceway and National Harbor. A portion of the proceeds from the new casino would be earmarked for a new hospital system in the county.

      Miller said the legislation would net more revenue for the state and make Maryland more competitive with West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania, which he said are “eating our lunch daily.”

      A week into the 90-day legislative session, however, such a bill still faces a complicated path to passage, particularly in the House of Delegates.

      House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said Friday that he would wait to see what the Senate produces before assessing whether there is the “appetite” in his chamber to delve into the issue.

      County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has asked lawmakers from Prince George’s to “keep an open mind” on this issue, citing the potential revenue that gambling could yield for the hospital and other priorities.

      Please read the entire article by going to the following link: 

       http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/md-lawmakers-look-to-ease-opposition-to-slots-in-prince-georges/2012/01/20/gIQAm3CIEQ_print.html

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      Fannie Lou Hamer - Political Action Committee
      "Ensuring A Fair and Responsive Redistricting Process"
       
      P.O. Box 2302 * Upper Marlboro, MD 20773




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      Fannie Lou Hamer - Political Action Committee
      "Ensuring A Fair and Responsive Redistricting Process"
       
      P.O. Box 2302 * Upper Marlboro, MD 20773
      flh.pac@... * 240-389-2066 * www.flh-pac.org

    • S James Strother
      I really appricate you and Ms. Fellows for your breath of knowledge and determination to awaken people of color from their too long slumber, helping to
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 24, 2012
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        I really appricate you and Ms. Fellows for your breath of knowledge and determination to awaken people of color from their too long slumber, helping to enlighten their path to awakeness and action, let's pray it works!

        From: Fannie Lou Hamer-Political Action Committee <flh.pac@...>
        To: Prince Georges' Discussion Group <PrinceGeorges_Discussion@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 1:37 PM
        Subject: [PrinceGeorges_Discussion] Fwd: Gambling -vs- Rational Economic Development in Prince George's County

         
        To the Brothas and Sistas of Prince George's County,

        The Washington Post had two interesting articles about gambling and economic development over the last several days.  The first article I want to bring to your attention is entitled " A Call of Action to Washington's Business Elite.  Do Not Fail to Come," by Steven Pearlstein.  This article appeared Sunday, January 22 in the Washington Post Business Section.  It is a long article.  You need to read every line.  It gives great suggestions on what the economy of Prince George's should look like.  Further, it gives insight into the cause of regional economic development in the Washington, DC area.  

        The article suggest that the Washington, DC area needs a "business cabal."  The author views a business cabal as a collection of concerned business individuals who view long term development rather than short term gains.  

        The author lists two entities he feels have the best interest of Prince George's County and the Washington Region.  The two entities are The 2030 Group and the The Chesapeake Crescent.  The author views these groups as limited but a good start on the issue of Washington Regional Economic Development.  The author also considers the business community of Suburban Maryland a "Figment of the Imagination."  This so-called business community in Suburban Maryland is over reliant on real estate developers.

        The second article is entitled "Maryland Lawmakers Look to Ease Opposition to Slots in Prince George's," by John Wagner.  This article is a news feature which appeared in the Metro Section of the Washington Post.  The essence of this article is that Senator Mike Miller is trying to compromise on video slots and casino gambling in establishing Rosecroft Race Track as a location for the sixth site in Maryland dedicated to gambling.

        In my opinion, the article by John Wagner, suggest that Senator Miller will do anything to bring gambling to Prince George's County.  He feels that gambling will solve all economic and budgetary needs in the state of Maryland.  

        Is Senator Mike Miller out of his mind!  If video slots and casino gambling are so damn great then why not place them in Calvert County where he lives.  If he truly believes prostitution, drugs and crime are not associated with gambling entities, let's put them at Chesapeake Beach where he lives.  

        Brothas and Sistas, please read the two attached articles.  Let us not be dependent on two White business entities for policy planning and economic development in the Suburbs of Washington, DC.  The U.S. Census Bureau and the American Community Survey suggest that by 2030, Maryland will be majority African American.  If Black elected officials in the MD General Assembly and on PG County Council Members let slots and gambling casinos develop in Southern Prince George's County, Maryland, then history will know why Prince George's County will be a devastated slum in the Washington, DC region in the year 2030.  

        In Jesus name, I beg you to read these two articles and start the discussion on what should be a viable economic mode of production in PG County.  Yes...I call it PG County rather than Prince George's County, because in my opinion, there is nothing gorgeous about slots and casino gambling paying for education and health care in this county.  The notion of gambling addicts utilizing their resources to make Penn National rich and the crumbs are left over goes to pay for educational and social needs of Prince George's County is a sin and a disgrace!  

        What did your momma or grandma tell you; "The Lord don't like ugly."  It is ugly to let Senator Miller control the destiny of one million Black and Brown people in Prince George's County over the next 20 years.  What the hell is wrong with y'all!  

        If not us, then who. If not now, then when.

        Respectfully yours,

        Radamase Cabrera

        Steven Pearlstein: A call of action to Washington’s business elite. Do not fail to come.

        By Steven PearlsteinPublished: January 21

        Every month, a group of Northern Virginia’s top business executives meets for cocktails, dinner and private conversation at — where else? — the Tower Club in Tysons Corner.
        A lot has changed in the decades since George Johnson, then the president of the small, struggling George Mason University, first convened the 123 Club, in large part because of the efforts of the men gathered around Johnson’s dining room table.
        Because of the foundation they laid, Northern Virginia has become one of the richest and fastest-growing economies in the country. Northern Virginia is finally getting some of the money and attention it deserves from the state government down in Richmond. Tysons Corner, Reston and the Dulles Corridor were developed. Metro was built out into the suburbs. Dulles Airport was transformed from an isolated airport into a thriving domestic and international hub. And George Mason, where I now teach, has become the largest public university in the state and one of the up-and-coming state universities in the country.
        These days, however, the 123 Club (which takes its name from the nearby state highway) is a pale shadow of its former self, lacking an agenda, strong leadership or a membership that packs much political clout. And in that respect, it is not unlike most of the other business organizations in the Washington region, including the Federal City Council in the District and the Greater Washington Board of Trade, whose ambition and influence have declined over the past decade.

        Md. lawmakers look to ease opposition to slots in Prince George’s

        By John WagnerPublished: January 20

        In a bid to ease opposition to a new slots site in Prince George’s County, Maryland lawmakers are crafting legislation that contains several sweeteners for the state’s other casinos, which stand to lose business if a new location opens.
        The bill, as described by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., would increase the share of proceeds that casino operators are allowed to keep and would authorize the addition of Las Vegas-style table games, such as blackjack and roulette. Miller (D-Calvert) said operators might be able to keep all proceeds from those new offerings.
        The bill taking shape will be the opening gambit in what is expected to be a session-long debate over the future of gambling in the state. As Maryland has struggled to open five casinos authorized by voters in 2008, surrounding states have taken steps to make their programs more lucrative.
        The bill that Miller described calls for competitive bids for a sixth slots site to be located in a small swath of western Prince George’s that includes Rosecroft Raceway and National Harbor. A portion of the proceeds from the new casino would be earmarked for a new hospital system in the county.
        Miller said the legislation would net more revenue for the state and make Maryland more competitive with West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania, which he said are “eating our lunch daily.”
        A week into the 90-day legislative session, however, such a bill still faces a complicated path to passage, particularly in the House of Delegates.
        House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said Friday that he would wait to see what the Senate produces before assessing whether there is the “appetite” in his chamber to delve into the issue.
        County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has asked lawmakers from Prince George’s to “keep an open mind” on this issue, citing the potential revenue that gambling could yield for the hospital and other priorities.
        Please read the entire article by going to the following link: 
        --
        Fannie Lou Hamer - Political Action Committee
        "Ensuring A Fair and Responsive Redistricting Process"
         
        P.O. Box 2302 * Upper Marlboro, MD 20773




        --
        Fannie Lou Hamer - Political Action Committee
        "Ensuring A Fair and Responsive Redistricting Process"
         
        P.O. Box 2302 * Upper Marlboro, MD 20773
        flh.pac@... * 240-389-2066 * www.flh-pac.org



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