This month, WW reported on the objections of the nine native tribes of Oregon to a proposal by the founder of Dutch Bros. Coffee, Travis Boersma, to install 225 betting terminals on a racetrack at Grants Pass (“Dutch colonialism”, November 10, 2021). Oregon has historically protected the exclusive tribal claim to casinos. Governor Kate Brown had been inactive as the proposal for terminals at the Flying Lark moved forward. After WW Raised questions, Brown gently urged the Oregon Racing Commission to delay approval of the machines. Here’s what our readers had to say.
Allison B, via Twitter: âA billionaire who capitalizes on a loophole that will harm the native tribes of Oregon absolutely needs to be challenged. “
Jerry Channell, via Facebook: âClassy, ââOregon style; earn some money, build a casino.
Frank Semonious, via wweek.com: âAlmost every Dutch Bros. is a little mom and pop coffee stand that obviously needs our business more than Dutch Bros .. (In St. Helens, Oregon it’s called Javalation and it’s 100% better than any other place i never bought coffee.) They are so rich they need to build a tax shelter. Now I have two reasons for never buying their products.
mom k, via Twitter: “Why does this sound like an episode of Yellowstone? Travis is the bad guy.
Kurt Chapman, via wweek.com: âThat some off-track betting on horse races in other locations detracts from the tribal ‘grip’ at Seven Feathers, the nearest casino, is laughable. Canyonville is about an hour away through a few miles of fairly windy mountain passes. Definitely not an Uber ride like the Ilani in Portlandia.
“Moreover, it now appears that Boersma, once the darling of progressives for his rise to the success of Horatio Alger, is now to be vilified for being a ‘billionaire’ due to the Dutch brothers’ IPO. . “
Blunt du Bloc, via Twitter: âEvery day is a dystopian nightmare for indigenous peoples. It would be cool if it wasn’t like that.
Leon Trotsky, via wweek.com: “Only the libertarian WW, where there are no sex or drug crimes, would think that granting exclusive gaming rights to tribes is a way to solve their economic problems. It’s like, let’s infect them with another white man’s curse.
Anne J. Applegate, via wweek.com: âSurely there are other ways to generate income than continuing a tradition of taking advantage of the weaknesses and mental health challenges of othersâ¦ regardless of race. Continuing to build more of these gambling establishments, regardless of their affiliation with native tribes or not, is irresponsible, callous and neglectful when it comes to the welfare of our future generations and all Oregonians who are today. affected.
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