The Baltimore Sun printed a compelling letter to the editor regarding the spread of casinos in Maryland. Similar questions could be asked in other states pushing casinos as economic development.
Sadly, though, the public has been largely unengaged and uninformed about the spread of casinos and the economic and social ills that come with more gambling. But this letter shows that some taxpayers are beginning to understand the folly of states enabling more and casino gambling. That has been the message of this blog. (See recent op-ed in the Sun.) It is worth re-printing the letter in full from Douglas B. Hermann:
“With all the screaming and scandal and nonsense over a possible casino at National Harbor, has no one asked how many casinos we need here in Maryland (“Baltimore casino names manager,” Sept. 26)?
“Once upon a time this nation produced products that could be sold for profit and the generation of tax dollars. Today, while politicians allow the steel industry in Maryland and across America to die, they fall all over themselves building casinos that generate no products and rely on income earned in other lines of work.
“Perhaps in the short run this looks good for the politicians and the superficial voter who likes instant statistical gain. In the long run, attending to more casinos while heavy industry gives up the ghost is a recipe for economic self-strangulation.”
- Douglas B. Hermann, Parkville