The Graton Rancheria and their wise guy (I’m sorry, professional gaming company) enablers promise that the 500,000 clams to support Tolay Regional Park comes to Sonoma County with “no strings attached.” I don’t know about you but I consider a casino just down the road not an attached “string,” but more like a noose around our necks. Truth told, casinos overwhelmingly prey on (there I go again – cater to) the under-educated, the poor, and the elderly. Additionally, statistics show that casinos bring to the nearby communities a rise in crime and drunkenness. Even the staunchest personal-rights advocates among us can appreciate the impact that increased demands on already under-funded Public Safety services will have. A regional park is a nice thing for some, but trading it for a casino as bad deal for all.

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