To the Editor:
I was disappointed that The New York Times provided anti-gaming activist Jon Kindt with a platform in Thursday’s article, “Recession Cuts Into States’ Gambling Revenues.”
Kindt’s gaming research is clearly colored by his personal bias, and it is routinely criticized by noted experts in the field. It is unfortunate that The New York Times offered him an opportunity to spread his vitriolic propaganda.
For example, Kindt suggests that expanded gambling leads to an increase in crime. However, an investigation conducted by the Public Sector Gaming Study Commission “indicates there is no link between gaming, particularly casino-style gaming, and crime.”
First-hand accounts from people living near casinos also discredit Kindt. According to Aurora, Ind., Deputy Police Chief Greg Anderson, “the impact [of casinos] on crime has been very minimal.”
Kindt’s claims regarding bankruptcy and gambling disorders are similarly unfounded.
In fact, most people who live near gambling establishments consider them responsible, generous neighbors. George Cornelius, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, recently said that gaming is “having a tremendously positive impact in Pennsylvania.”
I hope that, in future coverage of the gaming industry, The New York Times consults respected, impartial sources to get the facts.
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.
President and CEO
American Gaming Association