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Letters - Dec. 21

Watering plan

Let’s see, I start with 10,000 gallons of water. The city then takes 5,000 gallons and charges me $5. Such a deal. I can hardly wait until next year. Another 5,000 gallons and another $5.

At least I won’t have to worry about a dripping faucet. These people should be selling waterfront property in New Orleans. It’s like someone selling me a car, taking $500 off and keeping the wheels and tires so I can conserve gas.

Fortunately I have a contingency plan in place to conserve water. Monday, the dishes, Tuesday, wash clothes, Wednesday, water the flowers, not the lawn which is already brown, bathe Thursday. If you do, you’ll never get lost, because if the wind is right your friends will find you and the weekend is reserved for flushing the toilet. And for the afore mentioned reason, they’ll always be able to find your house.

Until next time, I remain your humble but confused servant.

John Codino

Hood River

‘Sucker’ hunch

The Warm Springs Tribe, which once lived along the Columbia River, now wants to build a casino in the Gorge Scenic Area.

Instead of fishing for salmon, they now plan to ‘fish’ for suckers.

George W. Earley

Mount Hood

Big gamble

Anyone who has visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will not forget Dollywood: all the busses, cars, and noise, bright lights, exhaust fumes, and traffic jams.

Now, I like Dolly, but I wouldn’t wish something like it on the Gorge — the Vegas-style casino proposed for Cascade Locks.

Incredibly, some of our elected officials are working to put a 500,000 square foot mega-casino right in the middle of the Gorge. Can they imagine the effect of adding 3 million gamblers a year traveling through the Gorge in their cars and busses?

The traffic congestion?

The increased air pollution?

The inevitable pressure to build and develop?

If I were a business owner in the Gorge who serves people who surf, ski, fish, and hike — I would be worried. Who wants to come to an area with such a reputation?

Do you drive SR-14 or I-84? Do you think that adding the busses and cars for 3 million gamblers a year is going to affect you? You bet.

Some still believe the myth that Hood River has a viable site for the tribe. But, it’s just not so. And, there are other reasonable alternatives for the Warm Springs tribes, outside the Gorge.

And, how will the enormous profits be used? Can you imagine their effect on political campaigns, lobbying, and state ballot measures?

In a recent Oregon state poll, 67 percent said they would vote against a casino in the Gorge if it were put on the ballot.

It is time for the governor, Greg Walden, and other officials to become better informed. And, it is time for all those who love the Gorge to take action.

Lawrence Jones

Hood River

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