To the editor:
Our government, when negotiating with Native Americans has been accused of speaking with a forked tongue. The recent statements from our governor' office regarding the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's attempt to operate a gas station and construct a new gaming facility in the Marquette area illustrates how this practice is still utilized by our government.
Our governor was elected under the premise he would promote the conservative principles of less government control, protection of our rights, job creation and improve the opportunities for small businesses.
The governor's response to the KBICs request violates every one of these principles.
The construction of a new gas station and gaming facility would provide jobs to the community and allow the community right to choose how and where we spend our money. Our governor prefers we spend our dollars purchasing state-run lottery tickets at the local convenience stores affiliated with large oil companies. When considering the issue of "Right to Work" legislation, the governor did not request a six-month extension before he immediately signed the bill. His response claimed this bill would allow Michigan to compete with neighboring states. However, our neighboring states allow gaming facilities in their communities, .i.e., Duluth, Minn. and Green Bay, Wis.
A new and modern gaming facility would help the Marquette area compete with our neighbors and promote tourism.
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In effect, the actions of our governor illustrate the desire of our government to restrict where Michigan residents work and spend our dollars. The citizens of this state and the KBIC do not need six months to understand that our government, through the actions of the governor, needs to control where we work, how we work and where we may spend the money we earn.
This does not sound like the actions of a conservative state. Meanwhile, the Marquette community can look forward to the highest gas prices in the Upper Peninsula.