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  • PROPOSED MEDFORD CASINO

    Wanna bet? Reaction to casino plan mixed

    Residents have mixed reactions to news a casino resort may be coming to town
  • News of a proposed casino in Medford had some area residents jumping for joy Friday, while others worried that it would create an unsavory atmosphere.
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      Casino proposal ignites impassioned debate on MT Facebook page
      News of a proposed tribal casino in Medford sparked a vigorous conversation on the Mail Tribune's Facebook page. Here are some edited highlights from that discussion.

      Sharon Duelley Milhollin: "With unemployment numbers high, drugs and alcohol up, that's all we need is to add gambling to the mix. I would rather keep the 60-minute drive to Seven Feathers our closest casino. Not that we ever get the choice ... ."

      Natasha Edwards: "I think it would be beneficial to the economy: more jobs, more tourists, more money in the community."

      Susan Lee: "I'm not a fan, and I think we need to be working on creating jobs that aren't just in the service industry."

      Joe Wrabek: "I think Medford is kind of a gamble anyway. And when I lived there, I always felt the deck was stacked against me. I don't think having a casino would make much difference."

      Rosemary Harrington: "I see nothing wrong with this. If you choose to go there, go. If you don't, don't. If you check out who goes to the casinos, I don't think there is going to be a difference in drug use and violence. Crashing walkers may be more like it! Besides, with a bowling alley and a golf course, it's much more like a fun center. There are machines all over this town via the lottery."

      Sue Byas Colby: "Being from California, where there are not video gambling games on every block as there are in Medford, I would think that a casino will not make any difference with the people who choose to abuse gambling. It will definitely bring more money to the community ... restaurants, hotels, etc. Many people I know who drive from California to the Northwest go through to Canyonville to spend the night. This will give them the option to stay in Medford and spend their money there."

      Ken Webber: "I think it's a bad idea. It will just bring more crime. You will start to see a higher rate of home burglaries because people will be broke and want money to gamble. Medford is bad enough; we don't need a casino to make it worse."

      Rick Hawley: "This is a good thing! Think of all the jobs it will bring. It will not bring more crime. Have you been to Seven Feathers? People who go to established casinos are not criminals; they are largely middle class or retirees. I'd say the video poker delis that are all over town are much more of a problem."

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  • News of a proposed casino in Medford had some area residents jumping for joy Friday, while others worried that it would create an unsavory atmosphere.
    "When I saw the paper this morning, I rejoiced — finally, finally," said Lee Wenzel.
    The 72-year-old Medford resident was playing video lottery games at Lumpy's on Riverside Avenue Friday morning. If the casino opened, he'd probably spend most of his time there, he said.
    "I would never come here again," Wenzel said, noting a casino similar to the one in North Bend would offer a greater variety of games that would keep him amused and would be a boost to the local economy.
    "It's entertainment for me," he said. "I'm retired. I don't care."
    Wenzel still thought there would be a place for Lumpy's and other smaller gambling outlets for those who wanted to spend less. He said he typically shells out $10 a visit at Lumpy's, compared with $300 at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville.
    The Coquille Indian Tribe has acquired Roxy Ann Lanes and the former Kim's Restaurant in hopes of opening a Medford casino along South Pacific Highway. The tribe also has agreed to lease Bear Creek Golf Course, next to the two buildings.
    Chief Kenneth Tanner has said the Coquilles, who are based in North Bend where they operate The Mill Casino, are preparing to put the property into a U.S. government-held trust that would start a process that could lead to reservation status.
    Under the federal restoration act of 1989, the Coquille tribal service area includes Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson and Lane counties. Most of the 1,000 members of the tribe live in Coos County, but Jackson County has the next-largest concentration with about 100 members.
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