The op-ed piece by Martin G. Knott Jr. in The Sun ("Expand gaming now," July 5) contained good thinking and writing, but the syntax was disingenuous — the word, "gaming," was used throughout (15 times). Nowhere was the honest word, "gambling," used.
Why? Could it be that "gambling" has negative connotations? Well, of course! And not just connotations but effects. Gambling becomes an addiction that destroys families, both emotionally and economically. More "gaming" in Maryland will boost the economy, says Mr. Knott. But he doesn't mention what it truly is, gambling, and what gambling truly does.
Valerie Govig, Parkville