To the Editor: Concerned about casino impacts

Having just finished reading the article regarding the casino — I have some serious questions about the situation.

First — what good will land in Death Valley do to benefit Ridgecrest?

Next — the article stated that another tribe had successfully sued to gain water rights in their area. So, what if in the future the Timbisha Shoshone tribe decided they needed the water available in the Indian Wells Valley? Where would this leave the residents of the valley considering the premise that we are short of water? Also, how would a project of this magnitude affect the water supply as soon as it went into effect?

Why hasn’t the status of the supposedly “unlawful” action of Roberts been resolved?

And in regard to the “infighting” of the tribe, who knows what actions have actually been lawful? Who is the legal authority?

Judging by what has occurred so far, what is to prevent the tribe from going back on their “word” that they won’t pursue water rights, grow marijuana, open a gas station or any other business outside the casino project? And if they did go back on their word — how many small businesses would be affected by it? Even if they finally proceed only with the stated plans, it will affect Ridgecrest businesses.

Doesn’t the fact that councilmembers in favor of the casino have been voted out of office give an indication of the wishes of the majority of Ridgecrest residents? Doesn’t the old rule of thumb say that the minority must be heard but the majority must prevail?

The tribe has changed so many aspects of the original agreement that one wonders if the city will end up with any advantage or if the whole project is built on shifting sands.

Mrs. Robert M. McArtor

Story First Published: 2018-01-19