Letters to the editor for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
January 25, 2014
Unfair Wheeler saga is over
Regarding "Wheeler Settles Ethics Challenge with Secretary of State's Office" in the Jan. 16 Nevada Appeal, this closes out the cowardly attempt by Wheeler's revenge-soaked former opponent to destroy the man who beat him in a clean election. What the defeated tax-raiser did to his own reputation reminds me of the cartoon where Yosemite Sam gets so angry he accidentally puts the dynamite down his own pants.
Messaging from the only declared AD 39 primary challenger, a perfectly lovely person, is mostly biography and generalities. Why is no one interested in challenging Wheeler on his legislative record? Maybe because after only his freshman term, Assemblyman Wheeler was ranked number one in Northern Nevada by NPRI and Citizen's Outreach. He kept his campaign promises, delivering an unapologetically pro-gun, fiercely anti-tax record and managed to irritate pro-tax Republicans, calling them out when he thought they were wrong.
AD 39 voters supported Assemblyman Wheeler because he ran as a Constitutional conservative, and he delivered on that platform.
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Focus on work with regents
Mr. Knecht's op-ed appearing on this paper's editorial pages reminded me of what Treasury Secretary William G. McAdoo said of President Warren Harding's speaking style:
"(His) speeches left the impression of an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea. Sometimes these meandering words would actually capture a straggling thought and bear it triumphantly, a prisoner in their midst, until it died of servitude and overwork."
I respectfully suggest Mr. Knecht spend less time in a thesaurus and more time in building positive, amiable relationships with his colleagues on the NSHE Board of Regents. Perhaps then there will be fewer 12-1 votes.