Vote yes for Indian gaming propositions
I'm writing this letter in response to encourage voting "yes" on the Native American Indian Gaming Propositions that are set forth before your registered voters. The Native Americans and all other ethnical groups are finally doing good for themselves, making money and moving forward. In response to the statement made by Mr. Robert Vasseur in saying that the Indian tribes want to further subsidize their greed is untrue ("Vote against gaming propositions," Jan. 15).

In response to the four tribes defeating the approval of a Barstow casino, that is untrue. The whole process of getting a casino here in Barstow was started donkey-backwards. I personally followed the whole process and found it to be handled unprofessionally and with great ignorance. That is why we had the unfortunate outcome!

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior has spoken on the issue of off-reservation casinos. They will not allow it anymore. There are three or four tribes in the United States that have off reservation casinos, but none in California. If this practice was allowed for these three tribes, then it would have opened the door for all the other California tribes to take legal action against the state and federal government and that is why I think this action wasn't set forth.

In the state of California, all Indian gaming tribes are involved in the Indian Gaming Revenue Sharing Program, where each tribe is given a certain amount of money per year, medical, dental, and whatever else they receive.

If these tribes aren't getting their fair share, then go visit the National Indian Gaming Association at and look under the Regulatory Acts for Indian Gaming and ask for your right to get a fair share from your tribe or the program.

I urge voters to vote yes on Props. 94, 95, 96, and 97 for they will bring more revenue to our overspending, out-of-control state. The Indian tribes are always open for negotiation with the state to help improve these always-needed programs.

In closing, you cannot hold the tribes responsible for our local schools, fire department, police department, etc. Once the revenue is passed on the state, it's the responsibility of the governor or state legislators to oversee where the money needs to be properly spent.

Myron Benally Barstow

In support of an innovator Not many people in Barstow have ever heard the name of Carl Cyrus Clark or have any idea who he was or what were his accomplishments. Yet the air bags for cars that he developed have saved many thousands of lives.

The original idea for air bags to protect driver and front seat passenger was made around 1937, at the same time that I was in the same classrooms with Carl at Warren Jr. High school in West Newton, Mass. He was far more studious than I was, although I got pretty good grades in the subjects that I liked, he would have gotten excellent grades in everything. He was a teacher's dream of an ideal student. So we hardly knew each other, he had no interest in athletics, never got involved with any pranks or foolish behavior, he was in school to get his education, period.

All of Carl's accomplishments are detailed on the Web, too numerous to be herein listed - shatterproof glass for windshields, the collapsible steering wheel, and the development of the practical airbags for autos to name only a few. He met fierce resistance from auto manufacturers on the airbag issue. In the few months before Carl's death in August 2006 I exchanged e-mails with him several times. His residence was in Baltimore, Md., but he vacationed at his summer home in Vermont, which is where he died in August 2006 from a heart attack.

Robert Annal Barstow