Former Senator and failed candidate for Governor Mark Fernald penned an anti S.B. 489 editorial to this week’s Laconia newspaper. I think pathetic would be a correct statement if politics weren’t involved. But politics are involved so after reading this garbage I'm now left with the feeling that the meaning of this editorial is that the former senator wants to do something in politics again.
The stupidity that appears in this editorial deserves either a response or a clarification and I hope that the Laconia newspaper does this in the name of responsible journalism. I think Senator Fernald should be embarrassed to have words like this attached to his name. It’s clear to me his research probably consisted of a Google search about casinos before he stated writing:
“Eighty percent of the projected revenue from S.B. 489 would come from slot machines.”
Its clear Mr. Fernald has not considered either the revenue from table games likes Texas Holdem or more recently, Baccarat (all versions). Why is it that in every major destination casino the poker room is equal or greater in size than the slot machine area? Also, Fernald doesn’t define any of the revenue. New Hampshire will gain revenue from numerous cashflow sources if casino gaming is passed not just the games themselves.
“Crime tripled in the three years after the first AC casinos were built, taking the crime rate from 50th to number one.”
And where exactly did you get this statistic Fernald? It’s now 2010 and I think the real statistics will show AC has a crime rate at par or below a city of its demographic size. I think a better comparison would be Atlantic City with casinos and tourism revenue vs. Asbury Park with nothing, section 8 housing and lots of crime. But this isn’t why you wrote the editorial is it Mr. Fernald.
“Suicides more than doubled in Gulfport, Miss. In the two years after the casinos arrived.”
I spent some time in the Biloxi, Gulfport and Tunica areas in the late 1990s right after the casinos arrived. I think this quote is quite wrong. There was poverty, deprivation and blight in these areas. By any analysis of civilization the taxbase, jobs and society have improved in these impoverished areas of Mississippi after the development of casinos instead of the other way around.
It’s my impression from this editorial that former Senator Fernald doesn’t seem to have a problem in letting poor people remain poor.
To Be Continued…