Letter: Ignorance bliss for casino spokesman

David Blankenhorn, Albany Times Union, 10/9/2013

Our report, "Why casinos matter," presents 31 research-based reasons why New Yorkers should be worried about new casinos. It's not surprising that casino industry spokesman Geoff Freeman dislikes the report, but it is surprising that he has so little of substance to say ("Study: Adding casinos bad bet," Oct. 7). He says he disagrees with independent research showing that 35 to 55 percent of all casino revenue comes from problem gamblers, but says that he "was not able to estimate" what the correct number is.

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Our report, "Why casinos matter," presents 31 research-based reasons why New Yorkers should be worried about new casinos. It's not surprising that casino industry spokesman Geoff Freeman dislikes the report, but it is surprising that he has so little of substance to say ("Study: Adding casinos bad bet," Oct. 7). He says he disagrees with independent research showing that 35 to 55 percent of all casino revenue comes from problem gamblers, but says that he "was not able to estimate" what the correct number is.

He dismisses concerns about the addictive nature of modern slot machines, but says that he "had not read" the most important scholarly book on the subject, MIT Professor Natasha Schull's "Addiction by Design." Perhaps, in Mr. Freeman's case, ignorance is bliss.

David Blankenhorn

President, Institute for American Values

New York City

This article originally appeared here.

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