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Editorial: A timely decision

by staff

As the saying goes: “You’ve got know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.”

Carson Valley Inn and the Park Cattle Co. employed that strategy Friday in announcing plans to drop a zone change request that would have paved the way for a slot operation and deli restaurant in the vacant Gorman’s store in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

The decision should come as good news to Ranchos residents who were united and vocal in their opposition to the proposal – which would have placed 150 to 200 slots in the empty grocery store.

After sitting through a particularly acrimonious meeting of the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District, the main players wisely decided to withdraw their plans.

Their announcement Friday goes a long way toward proving Carson Valley Inn’s claim that the casino wants to be a good neighbor wherever they do business.

Ranchos residents may have won the battle, but that doesn’t mean the war is over.

The community is still the site of a large, mostly vacant shopping center, and no one appears to be in line to fill it.

As Ranchos General Improvement District vice chairman Al Wagner pointed out, people fear the unknown. Fear is understandable. But the outright rancor and antagonism shown during a hearing last month on the slot operation proposal is counterproductive.

Ranchos residents would do well to keep their minds open the next time time a potential tenant comes knocking. Why be afraid of the unknown?