To the PG writer who wrote this story:
I took this information DIRECTLY from the slots legislation posted at http://www.pgcb.state.pa.us/press/HB2330P4272.pdf
Per Lines 27-29 on page 32 of the gaming legislation:
REQUIRE THAT EACH LICENSED GAMING ENTITY PROHIBIT
PERSONS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE FROM OPERATING OR USING SLOT
Below are quotes attributed to Mr. Dougherty in your article:
Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty said in an interview the casino, if built, would be located only two to three blocks from campus. The university has about 10,000 students, about one-third of them in residence on the Bluff or nearby off-campus housing.
"We just don't think it makes sense and don't think it's fair to our students to put that kind of a temptation within a three-minute walk from campus," he said.
Based on both of these facts, I would like to know from Mr. Dougherty:
1) How many of the students that live on campus are 21 or older, thereby its legal for them to gamble?
2) Why are they taking this stand against a casino, but mentioning nothing about the bars located in the same proximity to campus? Most young adults spend a significantly larger percentage of their disposable income on alcohol. This seems like a very odd stance to take.
3) The studies cited by the President, were those studies based on 'Slots Only' or 'Slots and Table' casinos? A MUCH higher % of young adults prefer table games to Slots.
4) I guess Mr. Dougherty doesn't feel that a 5 minute walk to Station Square (4 if you take the 'T') or the North Shore would be much of a concern for the University.
It seems to me that Mr. Dougherty should have more of an issue with casinos in Pittsburgh in general and not just the Isle of Capri proposal. If that is the case, then that ship sailed over one and half years ago. I didn't hear him voicing much opposition at that time. I wonder how many campaign contributions Mr. Dougherty has made recently, or could it be Forest City's penchant for adding University President's to their Board of Director's??? All of that may be worth some further investigation.