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Get in STEP with casino

Well, news flash: Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers says the Spokane Tribe’s STEP project has a “low and insignificant disruption to the Fairchild (Air Force Base) flying mission.” This, along with the Federal Aviation Administration report that found no encroachment other than from the trailer parks in the crash and approach zones.

Just take part of a day and park at Spoko Fuel gas station and watch the Fairchild planes fly over. If you notice, they fly farther north of the planned location and over the new housing areas of Airway Heights.

The Spokane City Council’s recent reversal should be a heads-up to the other area cities, such as Cheney, Medical Lake and the Spokane County commissioners, that they need to take another look at this project.

I do not care if this casino gets built or not. But it’s time Greater Spokane Incorporated sees the potential for new jobs and growth, and does not just look out for Spokane. Sure, Northern Quest’s profits are going to go down some, but so are the donations they are making to the campaign funds of many of our elected officials.

Whatever happened to competition between business?

Gerald Goertz

Medical Lake



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