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March 6, 2010
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Letters to the editor March 6


State mishandled rural water rights

So do I have this right? A state agency acts on 16 years of water rights all at once, is brought to task by the Nevada Supreme Court, and the agency head now wants the Legislature to retroactively allow the transgressions and change the water laws?

The state did not follow the law, so bureaucrats wish to provide cover for the state - the law and individual water rights be damned. The claim is being made that the Supreme Court action will cause chaos for water rights in Nevada. Could it be that years of agency actions have precipitated any expected chaos, not the Supreme Court? Could it be that a little bureaucratic chaos may be the only thing protecting individual rural water rights?

Other ways to look at it are that apparently rural water rights are meaningless, only urban votes warrant protection. And, evidently, they were easier to protect in the manner the water rights originally were mishandled. This particular bureaucratic tactic seems to include L.A.- and Chicago-style politics. It seems the bureaucrats are embracing the Single Commandment of Animal Farm, "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."

Oh, and welcome to Owens Valley East.

Ralph R. Sacrison

Elko

Illegal immigration costing us millions

I don't understand why Nevada and America are broke.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) is the only public assistance program where parents can apply in their children's names as opposed to applying in their own. It also does not require parents to demonstrate that they are in the U.S. legally.

In Nevada alone, the TANF program's caseload has grown 96 percent since the recession hit the state like an atomic bomb two years ago. A news report reveals that around 4,250 of the families receiving the benefit in Nevada have mixed immigration status. In other words, U.S. taxpayers are supporting thousands of illegal alien families.

Nevada already blows a whopping $630 million a year to provide its rapidly growing illegal immigrant population with public services that should be reserved for legal U.S. residents. The Silver State spends $470 million annually to educate the children of illegal immigrants in public schools and an additional $45 million for limited English programs; $85 million goes to health care for illegal immigrants and $31 million to incarcerate them.

D.R. Jackson

Carson City

Shrinking phone book a sign of the times

I received my new issue of the Carson City/Carson Valley phone book and I thought it felt lighter than last year's, so I weighed both on my digital scale. The old phone book weighed 38 ounces and the new one weighs 35.7 ounces. Same publisher, paper and size of book. Speaks volumes, doesn't it?

Nancy Laird

Washoe Valley

Fraud-riddled entitlements need oversight

Dear Congressman Heller and Sens. Reid and Ensign: If ever there were a need for a new federal investigation and prosecution agency it would be for Health and Human Services.

No taxpayer begrudges helping people get back on their feet, but that is not what is happening. Health and Human Services is being gamed by millions of people, whether it's Medicaid, WIC, disability insurance or unemployment. Social services has no real way of investigating and then prosecuting the frauds who rip the system off.

If there were an investigating and prosecuting agency specifically for social services, there would be tremendous saving of taxpayer

dollars.

Joe Elliott

Washoe Valley

Look beyond candidates' veneer for substance

Political campaigns are getting under way, and I think that it's important that voters take a really good look at who is running and ask a lot of questions to make sure you vote for someone who truly will represent your interests.

I had a polite, nice-looking gentleman come to the door with tastefully attractive literature. My knee-jerk reaction would be to vote for him, and I probably have in the past. But then I glance at his literature and ask a question. The response is unclear, so I ask for clarification and I find I don't like the answer. I look again at his "to-do" list and sadly realize he's probably not the one for me.

I say sadly, because I like really him. But the agenda doesn't give any recognition to the hard-working, honest public workers who make up a large part of his constituency; in fact, the other items suggest they are the enemy.

Don't make assumptions that you know what they mean. I found that I didn't. I told the individual that both of my grandfathers were cattle ranchers and I was proud of them, but that didn't stop me from being a wild horse advocate. To me, Nevadans need a more diversified economy, (they should not) hand out so many perks under the table and (should) not destroy any more vital jobs.

Dorothy Nylen

Dayton



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