Well the Ridgecrest City Council pulled the Timbisha Shoshone casino item from its agenda Wednesday.
The item was a discussion of a request from the tribe for Mayor Peggy Breeden to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with the Director of the Interior in support of the proposed casino project.

Councilmember Lindsey Stephens contended it was listed as a discussion item therefore no action can be taken.
I wonder if this is a stalling tactic since she and fellow Councilmember Wallace Martin oppose the casino project. It looks like nitpicking to me.

To keep pulling this item is unfair to all the people who came to the meeting to discuss the casino.

The Daily Independent story on its website said Breeden said a reworked version of item 10 will be back on the agenda for the upcoming council meeting of March 21.

Let’s see if the item is on the agenda, and let’s see if the discusses and acts on the item.

We cannot let paranoia drive decisions on economic-development opportunities.

I am glad to see a farmer’s market coming back to Ridgecrest. Where I live there are farmer’s markets every day except during the summer.

I get some of my vegetables at these markets because most of them are locally grown in nearby cities, and in most items are less expensive than grocery stores.

By the way, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill from the legislature Friday that raises the legal age for buying rifles, imposes a three-day waiting period on all gun sales and allows the arming of some school employees.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act is named after the school in Parkland, FL at which a gunman with a semiautomatic assault-style rifle killed 17 students and faculty Feb. 14.

As pro-gun as I am, I believe we have an obligation to make our schools safe, and this law, although far from perfect, will do that.

— John V. Ciani is a retired Daily Independent reporter. He currently resides in Florida.


The views expressed are those of the columnist and do not necessarily represent the official stance of the Daily Independent.