With all the screaming and scandal and nonsense over a possible casino at National Harbor, has no one asked how many casinos we need here in Maryland ("Baltimore casino names manager," Sept. 26)?

Once upon a time this nation produced products that could be sold for profit and the generation of tax dollars. Today, while politicians allow the steel industry in Maryland and across America to die, they fall all over themselves building casinos that generate no products and rely on income earned in other lines of work.

Perhaps in the short run this looks good for the politicians and the superficial voter who likes instant statistical gain. In the long run, attending to more casinos while heavy industry gives up the ghost is a recipe for economic self-strangulation.

Douglas B. Hermann, Parkville