Hypocrite Harry takes a jab at John Ensign

To the editor:

Sen. Harry Reid's Sunday letter to the editor, "Come together," was another example of his idea of bipartisanship. I have watched him through the years, as a member of the Democratic minority, act as the loyal opposition to the Republican majority. Now he sees things differently because Democrats have gained the majority. Any opposition to his plans will not be tolerated. What a hypocrite.

If you don't already know to whom he was referring when he wrote, "But I regret some are pre-emptively opposing this important legislation rather than taking the opportunity to help write it," he meant Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. The legislation planned undoubtedly will create many jobs, but at the cost of many billions of dollars. Sen. Ensign is one of many who feels that it is wrong to approve a blank check for this stimulus without some consideration as to how it will be paid for.

I know Sen. Reid and Sen. Ensign have a non-aggression pact, but I think good ol' Sen. Reid just tried to sneak a jab in at Sen. Ensign. It is time for Sen. Ensign to take the gloves off and fight for what he believes in. Just a couple of good punches, and in a short time Sen. Reid will be back in Searchlight, where he belongs.

Bill Dirkse


No responsibility

To the editor:

Even before I found out who had written the Sunday letter "Come together," I intended to write a rebuttal.

So, Sen. Harry Reid, I will ask you why is a Light Rail to Nowhere better than a Bridge to Nowhere? Why is a desert full of solar panels with no transmission lines -- blocked by your friends, the environmentalists -- better than a tax cut for small businesses?

Democrats have been throwing taxpayer dollars at problems for decades, but they refuse to take responsibility for their abject failures. You can spend all the money in the world on the Department of Education, but you won't take responsibility for falling U.S. education standards. You can strong-arm the banks to give loans to people who can't afford them, but you won't take responsibility when the loans fail. You can regulate and regulate, but when businesses trip over your miles of red tape, you will not help them off the ground.

Kathryn Daugherty