Tom Collins: The village idiot who should be recalled


Whether I’m the right person to say it or not, I feel like someone should: To all residents of Utah, as well as Mormons everywhere, I’m sorry for the comments made by Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins. He’s the village idiot of Las Vegas and, believe me, that’s saying a lot.

As the world knows, Collins told Paiute County, Utah, Commissioner Darin Bushman that people who are riled up by the Bureau of Land Management’s treatment of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy are wrong.

Well, actually, had he just said that he’d would have been OK. But he didn’t. He called them “inbred bastards.”

I’ll not ask people to forgive Collins. He’s an untethered elected official who should be recalled for his slur.

Nevadans see Utahans as our Western kindred spirit. I promise you that. I know this by publishing newspapers in Las Vegas, Pahrump, Tonopah, Ely, Eureka, Pioche, Caliente and Hawthorne. Collins is the village idiot who speaks for no one.

PS: Why Democrats are not hammering Tom Collins like a rusty nail (Hello, Harry Reid. Anybody home?) is beyond me. You can have opinions on both sides of the Bundy deal. But Collins is an embarrassment who ought to be drummed out of office.