I write to express my disappointment with the reaction of some of the potential bidders for the Baltimore slots site ("Terms of city slots deal get criticism," May 25). The proposal crafted by Baltimore and the state was written to express the intention of the citizens who voted by referendum in favor of a slots program. It was crafted in the best interest of the citizens of the state and city, and it is not laden with lucrative incentives for developers and national gaming interests.
Of course we want the facility to attract a quality operator who can make a profit and provide a tasteful facility. The bidding process will tell us if the proposal has balanced the need for the developer to make a profit and provide the expected revenue for Baltimore and Maryland. I hope that the initial reaction to a perceived lack of incentives will not prevent interested bidders from a careful calculation of the future gaming possibilities in the city.