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Ring's Reid grab

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I was dismayed at the meanness and lack of balance displayed in the article entitled "The same old Sen. Reid" (HCN, 8/3/09). If it were not for the hard work of Harry Reid, we would not have the passage by Congress of the Omnibus Bill, Great Basin National Park, removal of lead from the drinking fountains in our schools, health care for our children, safe drinking water in all communities, and the preservation of the Endangered Species Act from vicious attacks. Contrary to the implications of the article, Reid has been endorsed by the Sierra Club, rated highly by the League of Conservation Voters, and supported by many Nevada environmental organizations including Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the Nevada Wilderness Project. 

He has taken the lead on the battle against global warming with his opposition to new dirty coal plants, his strong support for alternative energy and energy conservation, and his efforts to achieve fuel economy standards for automobiles and trucks. He has led the fight against dumping high-level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain. Unlike many members of Congress, Sen. Reid personifies "family values" in both his beliefs and conduct.

Many of us conservationists will be working for his re-election in 2010 because of his strong commitment to the values that Nevada and the United States care about and his ability to achieve these goals. 

Marjorie Sill
Reno, Nevada

Reid's Pipeline Connection Through Whittemore
Marcus Mullet
Marcus Mullet
Oct 14, 2009 03:22 PM
Even though Harry Reid may have done alot of good by speaking out against coal plants and trying to close Yucca Mountain's nuclear waste repository, the fact remains that Harry Reid is sponsoring the SNWA's pipeline from Snake Valley to the Las Vegas region to support his developer lobbyist friends like Harry Whittemore. It is well known that Harry Reid's son works for Whittemore, and that they share a common interest. One of those shared interests is Whittemore's Coyote Springs development that coincidentally lies along the SNWA's proposed pipeline route. Whittemore began funding the SNWA pipeline project early on, claiming he was going to exchange selling water from near his land for pipeline water. That way it doesn't seem like he is a direct beneficiary of the SNWA pipeline. Harry Reid needs to take some responsibility for his entangled allegiances with suburban sprawl developers, and speak up in support of protecting Nevada's aquifers and their dependant ecosystems from needless water extractions. We always though that Democrats were supposed to protect the environment in ALL cases, not just those where they lack financial interests! A variety of organisms from spring snails to Bonneville trout all depend on the ability of the aquifers to emerge as springs for their survival.
Oct 15, 2009 05:23 PM
Harry Reid is a skunk

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