EDITOR: Seeing your recent article regarding a report that warned about increase in traffic due to the upcoming casino in Rohnert Park made me wonder why that is such big news that it deserved front-page coverage ("Casino report warns of traffic woes," Tuesday). Was there a study needed to conclude that a casino will drastically increase traffic? I could have told you that for free.
Any time you have a large business or residential facility built, there is a corresponding increase in traffic, and to have a study done after the casino is nearly a fait accomplish is quite backwards.
Traffic studies and environmental impact are to be considered on the front end, not just before inauguration ceremonies.
ZILDA SANTOS MCCAUSLAND
<b>Fair falling short</b>
EDITOR: There seems to be something missing in how the fairgrounds is being operated. Instead of cutting back and trimming, which in turn means fewer people coming and spending, the fair board should be exploring how to expand and bring in new things. Having nothing for free is about what it is worth — nothing.
There are so many things that could be added. They could have coordinated with the GranFondo for additional biking events. They could do something similar with the handcar regatta. They could do a real Maker Faire (unlike the sad attempt last year), or even a large Halloween event.
If the money is not there, it is not because we all do not want a fair. It is because those in charge of making decisions for the fair are not doing their jobs. It's time for them all to be replaced.