LETTERS: Bilbray? Heck? Or none of the above?

To the editor:

I read Democratic congressional candidate Erin Bilbray’s political advertisement in the Viewpoints section (“Boehner’s leadership hurts Nevadans,” Jan. 19 Review-Journal). How much did you charge her for this space? You should publish the cost structure so other politicians might avail themselves of the same tactic. It was strictly propaganda for her upcoming run for Congress.

Ms. Bilbray’s position is that the Republican Party and House Speaker John Boehner are responsible for everything that is wrong in this country. Her party bears no responsibility at all. Her opening salvo sounds similar to how President Barack Obama runs his campaigns. If she should win her race against Republican incumbent Joe Heck, we the people in that district will have another poor representative whose only concern is the advancement of the party, not the well being of the people.

I must admit that I don’t think much of Rep. Heck, either. He is also only concerned with the advancement of his party, not the people. He is not an honest person. He has been deceptive in a number of responses sent to me. I also believe he has no constitutional right to maintain his seat in Congress. He is in the U.S. Army Reserve, and the Constitution states that “no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his continuance in Office.” That seems pretty clear to me.

I have voted in every election since I have been old enough to do so. I don’t really want to break my 40-plus-year string. In the past, I have voted many times for the least objectionable person. However, I am getting tired of this option. I think I will just vote for none of the above for any office offering a Democrat or Republican as the choice.



Water authority

To the editor:

The search for a water czar was faster than a speeding bullet. One of the most important positions in the southwest United States, the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, was filled in a few weeks. The orchestration of the search probably took a lot longer.

Our new czar, John Entsminger, is a man groomed for the position through many years of service. He knows the technical side of water, and he is well-versed on the economics of water. The search for a water czar led to a man who understands the local environment and will make wise decisions. But as good as Mr. Entsminger is, I would have liked to see and hear from some outsiders, people not so tied to the political scene of Southern Nevada.

A thorough search might also have included experts from other Western states. Our plans and our future are linked to the Colorado River and to the 25 million people sipping from the river. The search might also have been broadened with a representative from the federal level.

I suspect such outsiders would bring some bad news, the first being that the pipeline from the north to the south of Nevada was, and is, a bad idea. It might be time to fold up the tents and sell the acquired water rights and properties obtained in the attempt to pipe water from up north. That would probably save ourselves years of legal battles.

The next bad news would be that we are stuck with a phenomenal bill for an intake to a low spot in Lake Mead. We are in too deep to stop the project, and it has gone through enormous overruns. This intake is a wonderment, with no guarantee of success, and has taken a great deal of perseverance and energy to pursue. So far, the result has been debt, debt and more debt.

An outsider might even venture the opinion that it is time for a moratorium on growth.