Editor's Comments - August 28, 2014: What was all the fuss about?

I was very excited today to see that the Tohono O'odham Nation conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for their new West Valley Resort & Casino in Glendale, Arizona. It was a five year battle in which TON had to fight off initially the Glendale Community, Arizona Rep. Trent Franks along with U.S. Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, the House-passed “Keep the Promise Act” (H.R. 1410), Gila River Indian Community, Salt River Pima-Maricopy Community, and finally a Community group petitioning to place the resort and casino on a November 2014 referendum vote.

TON expended a tremendous amount of their funds to ward off these efforts and a court case. Someone should reimburse TON for this frivolous action which clearly was meant to delay the groundbreaking of the resort and casino. Also, the big powerful congressmen threw their names into the fight, but didn't have energy to pass federal budgets, immigration laws, constantly attempted to be a thorn in the side of President Barrack Obama. Wow, no wonder many important issues were completed. They were busy trying to stop a casino in their backyard during an election year.

Almost all tribes get a casino once the Community's elected officials figure out the benefit they will receive through gambling taxes (money paid from tribes to obtain an agreement). I say gambling taxes because the transfer of payments to governmental entities merely amounts to an unspoken tax assessment for the tribe's right to collect losses incurred by gaming customers. You can call it anything you want but a tax is a tax. And who says tribes don't pay taxes?

Most notable in the groundbreaking ceremony was a comment from Glendale Mayor Bob Barrett. Barrett said getting to Thursday’s groundbreaking has “been a long, hard road . . . a day I didn’t think I would see before I left office."

“Our city has stood by you from the start.” Yeh, right. That's why it took five years to reach the day of the groundbreaking ceremony.

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