To the Editor: Questions city representation

The casino debate on March 21 wound down with the fearsome triad of the vastly beneficial casino project attacking council members and any and all citizens of Ridgecrest who oppose their money-grabbing efforts. The sad spectacle of three non-citizens of Ridgecrest standing up here to demean us, deride us, call us liars, and declare Council members studied statements “garbage” was disgusting to the uttermost. If it had not been so enraging to listen to these attacks allowed by our Mayor, I would have found it hard to quit laughing..

Let’s review their statements. The tribe’s attorney is resorting to accusing everyone here who wants a NEPA review of the project, instead of that joke of a TEIR, to be nothing but obfuscators, misleading types who just get pleasure out of causing pain and disruption. ---Remember Lawyer Class 101, tell a lie long enough and people may start to believe you.

Then we have the very well fed George Gholson trying to shoot down any and all objections raised that night. WE DON’T HAVE A WEED FARM IN DEATH VALLEY, IT’S IN DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION( ALL OF 10 MILES OUTSIDE DEATH VALLEY)--- PEOPLE WHO SAY TRIBES GET AROUND NEPA REVIEWS ALL THE TIME—I KNOW BETTER THAN YOU, JUST DON’T ASK HOW,-- IT’S LAUGHABLE THAT AN ANTI CASINO PERSON ( YOU KNOW- SOMEONE WHO WOULD CONSIDER THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CITIZENS) IS ON THE TRIBAL/CITY COMMITTEE---WE DO NOT AGREE TO AMENDING THE MSA, WE WANT AN IGA ( EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE NO GOVERNMENT IN THIS VALLEY AND IT WOULD BE IMPROPER)

Last and least in the way of truth, Nigel White. This person starts out with the usual deceivers’ tactic of trying to sound consoling, saying how well this is all going to work out. The casino will be the best thing to ever happen to Ridgecrest. Of course, all detractors are either liars, or completely ignorant, by the way didn’t you know that crime goes down around casinos, please just trust me said the spider to the fly.

Now here’s where the true colors of the beast come out. Even though it was so painful to do, this person proceeds to launch venom toward our Council members. Somehow, with all knowing qualities, he knows how much Stephens talks to others on the phone, and this means that she talks to Stand Up for California all the time. Not only that, but she has an agenda and it isn’t in the best interest of the tribe and or himself. God forbid, she shouldn’t go to DC to represent the people who voted her into office, she wouldn’t promote the casino. Now suddenly, the tribe members who never lived here, and this person who likely doesn’t even live in California deserve representation by our council members. Last and least, he was allowed to declare the thoughts and statements of two of your fellow Council members to be garbage — twice.

All I have left to say about this is, we can see clearly now who and what we are dealing with here. What is saddest to the extreme is that such a person is allowed, without reprimand, to make such statements here. Any respectful Chair person would not have allowed that to pass. Shame on you Mayor Breeden for that. Shame on others on the council who have supported this project.

We have not been rightly represented.

Mike Neel

Story First Published: 2018-04-06