Governor, Don't Gamble Away the Gorge!
18 Jan 2005 19:20 GMT
The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is an extremely spectacular, but fragile national treasure right in Portland's backyard. Yet Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has stated his intention to reverse his position on the proliferation of gambling casinos in Oregon and allow a 500,000 square foot, off-reservation casino smack dab in the middle of the Gorge.
The presence of such a mega-casino will not only increase costs to Oregonians due to ruined lives from gambling addiction. It will also:
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- Bring to the Gorge town of Cascade Locks a building five times the size of a Wal-Mart, visible from the Pacific Coast Trail.
- Pollute Oregon, Washington, and the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area with thousands of additional cars every day.
- Threaten this national treasure with unchecked sprawl and misuse.
[ Friends of the Columbia Gorge ]