To the Journal editor:
Our government, when negotiating with Native Americans has been accused of speaking in a misleading manner.
The recent statements from our governor's office regarding 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 business.
The governor's response to the KBIC'S request violates every one of these principles. The construction of gas station and gaming facility would provide jobs to the community and allow the community the right to choose where to spend their money.
Our governor prefers we spend our dollars purchasing state-run lottery tickets at the local convenience store affiliated with large oil companies.
When considering the right to work legislation, the governor did not require a six months extension before immediately signing the bill. His response claimed this bill would help Michigan compete with neighboring states.
However, our neighboring states allow gaming facilities in their communities. i.e. Duluth, Minn., and Green Bay, Wis. A modern gaming facility would help the Marquette area compete with our neighbors and promote tourism.
In effect, the actions of our governor illustrates 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 office of the governor, need to control where we work, how we work and where we 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 U.P.