I am disappointed that, for the second time this year, The New York Times has used worn-out and misleading claims to attack the casino industry. The July 5 editorial, “Gambling Fever,” recycles unfounded claims the paper used in a nearly identical piece published in January. Too bad repeating something doesn’t make it true.
To see casinos’ effects on a community, ask the people who live with them every day. Local businesses, community leaders and residents all describe casinos as good corporate partners that generate economic development and tourism dollars. In fact, recent survey results show that 68 percent of casino county residents would vote “yes” if a referendum were held to decide whether or not to keep casino gaming in their communities.
These are the facts. When it comes to expanding gaming options, your readers deserve an honest discussion with more than a lazy retread of tired accusations.
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.
President and CEO
American Gaming Association