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Prop 26 aids casinos and not much else

Dear Editor,

Due to the number of contradictions and confusion surrounding Proposition 26’s opposing ad campaigns, I feel as if the people are misinformed and will end up voting for something they don’t fully understand.

For those who don’t know, a ‘yes’ on Proposition 26 means that race betting, dice games, and roulette will become legal in tribal casinos allowing more of the casinos’ income to be taxed, and a ‘no’ would mean it continues to be outlawed throughout the state. Seems simple, no? I wish it was.

Supporting “Indian self-reliance” is just another phrase for supporting an already existing casino monopoly. Though I don’t have a tribal affiliation for being Native American, I see this as not supporting the Native people, but just increasing the power of an already rich tribe.

Proposition 26 doesn’t stand with the Native Americans; it stands with corporations like casinos. Not to mention the advent of how further gambling legislation can be put into effect doesn’t tell the full story. It’s harder to change something that is already established than to change something before it can happen. It will give opportunities to change or add legislature down the road, but those problems that are created with the new proposition could have not existed at all if it were not passed.

Proposition 26 aids casinos and not much else. Misinformation and generalization will only make people vote for things they don't fully understand, for this reason, these massive ad campaigns should tell the full story, not just what seems nice. Information regarding the propositions should be out in the open for all to see, not hidden in the fine details on a website.

— Dominic Salinas