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Letters to the editor for Sept. 12

A casino by any other name is still a really bad idea

The Grange is a casino. The Grange is the next bad thing for Oregon. Vote no on ballot measures 82 and 83, and measure 126-42 (Wood Village residents only).

I got a pamphlet in the mail. It had a nice picture on the front of it and it introduced The Grange. It sounded like it might be some kind of religious or community gathering place.

I didn’t think much about it. Then my husband called me from work and asked me if we had gotten the pamphlet about “The Grange” in the mail. (It was already in the trash). I told him we had. He told me “The Grange” is a Casino.

We both are very upset by this.

I picked the pamphlet out of the trash. On the back of the pamphlet it says The Grange will bring many jobs to our communities and will funnel money into our schools and communities.

Sounds good, huh? Think about this. How much money will it take out of our pockets first? A casino’s specialty is to take money, not give money back. How many lives will be broken? How many gambling addiction centers will we need, to put those broken lives back together? What will the crime rate be after the casino comes to town?

The investors in “The Grange” are Canadian investors. Do we really think much of that money will even stay here in the United States or will it go back to Canada?

Do we really believe these Canadian investors are concerned about our community welfare? Do we think our faux friend attorneys in Lake Oswego care about our communities? They don’t live here, either. We do. We have to live with the side effects of a casino.

These people are trying to change the rules by advocating for Measure 82, a statewide initiative that — if passed — would amend the Oregon Constitution; authorizing the establishment of privately owned casinos. This means casinos would be legal on nontribal lands. What a nightmare that would be. This casino pamphlet made me reflect on the lives we lead in Gresham, Wood Village, Troutdale and Fairview. Our cities are clean. While they are not perfect, they are fairly safe to live in. We are relatively unfettered with the cares of big city living, yet we have the resources that a big city offers close by.

I love my life in Gresham. I personally do not want to lose that. Let’s beat this foe back again.

Vote no on measures 82 and 83 and Measure 126-42 (Wood Village residents only).

Shelli Acton

Gresham

Support appreciated of Rockwood National Night Out

I want to personally thank all the people who helped make the Rockwood National Night Out a success. We had more than 600 people at Vance Park on Aug. 17 for a fun time to learn about the community. With lots of hands to help and serve the community, things went smoothly.

Thank you citizens for coming out and supporting your community. Thank you to the vendors who had tables and gave out information about what you had to offer.

Rockwood is a vibrant community when we all work together to make better choices and better memories.

Thanks to the city of Gresham for the grant and the use of Vance Park for the event.

Let’s have more family friendly events in Rockwood. Contact me with your suggestions. I am here to serve you.

Our next event in Rockwood is the Rockwood United Methodist Church Block Party from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the church, 17805 S.E. Stark St.

Come out and support your neighbors and community.

Catherine Nicewood

Rockwood Neighborhood Association president

Help make college affordable

With all the national issues, what concerns me most as a freshman in high school is the rising cost of college tuition.

Having the potential to go to college to make a difference, I want to make sure I will be able to afford the expenses college requires.

According to the Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Statistics, between the school year of 1999-2000 and 2009-2010, costs for undergraduate tuition, room and board of public institutions rose 25 percent after adjustment for inflation.

With this percentage rising, I am not sure I can afford college. One suggestion would be to require colleges and universities to put a cap on the rate of inflation of their tuition costs.

What I would also love to see is an act passed that would give college graduates a year to stabilize a job before having to pay off college loans.

Jake Curletto

Boy Scouts of America Troop 174

Troutdale