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Readers speak out about Rohnert Park casino story

EDITOR: Unfortunately, Gov. Jerry Brown approved the casino for Rohnert Park (“Brown OKs RP casino,” Saturday). For years, commuters have endured traffic jams caused by the roadwork on Highway 101, waiting for the day when it will be complete with improved traffic flow. A 24-hour casino by the roadside will cause inconvenience for commuters by increasing traffic many times over and canceling the work paid for by the taxpayers.

We will need rail more than ever. Still opponents to SMART out there?

LEENI BALOGH

Santa Rosa

Casino hardship

EDITOR: It seems that Gov. Jerry Brown, who does not live anywhere near the proposed casino site in Rohnert Park, has made a decision that to me is definitely not in the best interests of those of us who live in the area that will be affected.

Have you driven Wilfred Avenue between Stony Point Road and Highway 101? It's a joke — two narrow lanes with deep drainage ditches on either side. We who live in the immediate area and commute daily have no transportation alternatives that are not dependent on the highways.

We who live in this area should have been given much more influence in this decision, and I strongly believe our governor acted in the interests of others in making this decision.

DARRYL FENLEY

Santa Rosa

Make it a win-win

EDITOR: I believe it's better to unite and support the Graton Rancheria casino. Consider the positives vs. the negatives of this potential goose that lays golden eggs for Rohnert Park and Sonoma County. Also consider all the positive domino effects of this venture for the local jobs market and economy. Why not apply your energies toward the positives?

I said this during a public hearing, and I repeat: If it's legally possible, getting a percentage of gross receipts would be a win for the city and county (fair share), for the tribe (fair cost) and for the public (fair benefit).

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