Re "Interplay of casinos, government needs much more scrutiny" (Viewpoints, Sept. 20): While California is sprouting a new casino on every corner, Campbell Soup, Waste Management, Bimbo Bakery, etc are evacuating to friendlier environs. Something is wrong with this picture.
California has enough casinos to last 100 years. We should take a 10-year breather from opening casinos and see what impacts and societal ills we have spawned among those Californians least able to afford these losing games. Studies have shown that 75 percent of all Indian gaming profits come from households with an annual income of less than $60,000 a year.
For 10-15 percent of our fellow citizens, gambling is an illness.
I have a suggestion for everyone involved; negotiate an umbrella contract with casino tribes that sets aside 1 percent of revenues or 10 percent of profits for non-casino tribes and gambling compulsion mitigation.
-- Walter Andrews, Folsom