He liked my parable about the hotdog stands and gambling
Dear Mr. Casey,
Virginia colleagues forwarded me a copy of your very fine article “Casino gambling: glitz, glitter, then downward spiral.”
You are one of the few news reporters who has accurately conveyed to the public the true nature and consequences of legalized gambling. At the University of Illinois, my colleagues and I monitor news reports on gambling from around the world, but your article immediately captured our attention as you effectively detailed and explained the socio-economics of gambling activities. The academic reports, as well as the U.S. National Gambling Impact Study Commission completed in 1999, support your analysis 100 percent.
Unfortunately, too many news reporters just regurgitate the PR of the multi-billion dollar gambling interests. Accordingly, your analysis was particularly refreshing.
You may wish to go to the website for “60 Minutes” and watch two investigatory news videos utilizing our research–specifically, “Financial WMDs” and “Slot Machines: The Big Gamble.” Mr. Les Bernal, who is one of those interviewed in the latter story, maintains a well-respected informational website and it may benefit you in future stories–when the casinos and slot machine facilities try to leverage themselves into Virginia.
As a person who grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and attended U.Va. and William & Mary, I would personally be disappointed if the Virginia of our forefathers corrupted itself with the ubiquitous gambling corruption which has grown throughout Illinois since the Illinois legislature invited gambling into Illinois in 1990.
Prof. John Kindt, Senior Ed.
United States International Gambling(R) Report
University of Illinois