Letters to the editor for Dec. 10


Casino is a bad idea at many levels

I am not anti-business or anti-growth. I am not a liberal or a radical. I think this casino is not the way to go ('Casino proponents back from another try,' The Outlook, Dec. 7).

First, it is going to ruin the quality of life for residents within one square mile. The roads are not meant to handle such traffic. Streets such as 223rd Avenue and Halsey Street are one lane each direction with no chance of expansion unless they knock down existing businesses.

Yes, there is a dog track there now, but that existed before the area built up. It's been closed for many years, and only brings occasional (and mostly evening) traffic to the area.

Second, the jobs at the casino would not bring prosperity to Oregon. Most of these service jobs will pay $10-$12/hour. With automation in a casino, it won't bring in as many jobs as it would have 10 or 15 years ago, and the jobs for the most part aren't that great.

Third, it's a bad deal. These guys (Bruce Studer and Matt Rossman) are planning to give back only 25 percent. If there is going to be a casino, I would rather Oregon run it and keep 100 percent for public use. I also really question their goal of changing the Oregon Constitution so they get the only exception. That is just wrong.

Fourth, we are being sold a bill of goods. Yes, they talk about hotel, restaurants, water slides, but they plan on only opening with the casino. How much do you want to bet (pun intended) that is all we will ever see?

They can put out fancy plans, but the only thing that is going to be a moneymaker is the casino. I think that is what we will get - a casino. Even if I didn't have all the other objections, this would be a deal breaker for me because they can promise the moon, but won't deliver.

Alan Cohen


Sheriff grateful for voter support

You can learn a lot about people from the choices that they make, especially when times are tough. When money is scarce, you find out what people really value: whether they are saving for their children's education or cutting back on fancy dinners.

That is why I am so profoundly grateful to you, the citizens of Clackamas County, for voting on Nov. 8 to approve Measure 3-378 by a 3-1 margin. Your support allows us to continue critical law enforcement functions that help keep you safe.

These include keeping jail beds open that have allowed us to reduce by 91 percent the number of prisoners released early into the community, maintaining regular police protection for more than 150,000 county residents and continuing a nationally recognized drug task force.

We were able to implement all of these programs starting in 2006, when you first voted to approve our public safety levy. By voting to see them continue, especially by such a wide margin, you have demonstrated what you value: the safety and well-being of your family, your neighbors and your community.

In return for your extraordinary show of support, I promise to continue running an open, honest and transparent organization that spends each tax dollar that you entrust to us wisely and with the goal of giving you the best possible service.

By working together, we really can make a difference.

Craig Roberts

Clackamas County Sheriff