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Don’t buy casino spin

The Spokane Tribe is revving up its effort to sell our community on their proposed casino. They are trying to minimize the growing ranks of business leaders, elected leaders and citizens who oppose it. And they are trying to use a rare exception to federal law to try to get a better location for their third casino.

Let’s call a spade a spade. Here’s what they are leaving out of their ads:

Elected officials ranging from Sen. Lisa Brown to former Gov. Mike Lowry have written letters to the Bureau of Indian Affairs outlining how this proposal would hurt our region.

Federal Aviation Administration approval does not mean the development would not create encroachment. Forward Fairchild has studied the development and says it could hurt Fairchild Air Force Base’s future.

The Spokane Tribe already has two casinos and 155,000 acres of reservation land. They have chosen not to invest in growing these assets. They could build retail or office space on their Airway Heights land now, but they don’t want to. They want a casino as close to Spokane as they can get it.

Write the county commissioners and let them know this proposal is bad for Spokane County.

Greg Mahugh



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