Newspaper column: A tale of two distinctly different Nevada senators

Nevada’s junior senator, Dean Heller, took to the floor of the Senate earlier this month to berate the sweeping abuses and arrogance of federal bureaucrats in general and specifically the federal satraps who tried to bankrupt the Hage family ranch near Tonopah — as well as the IRS targeting groups for their political views and the NSA confiscating mass amounts of private data.

Dean Heller talks about how federal land agencies abuse property rights. (R-J photo)

His remarks were in stark contrast to those Nevada’s senior senator, Harry Reid, who ignored the mismanagement of federal public lands in Nevada and instead blamed recent wildfires solely on global warming, as reported in this week’s newspaper column, available online at The Ely Times and the Elko Daily Free Press.

For 22 years the Hage family has been battling the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in federal court over grazing and water rights for their Pine Creek Ranch.

In a scathing 104-page opinion a Nevada federal judge lambasted the BLM and the Forest Service for behavior that “shocks the conscience” of the court, accusing federal officials of attempting to bankrupt the Hage family ranch by entering into “a literal, intentional conspiracy to deprive the Hages not only of their permits but also of their vested water rights.”

Heller said of that court ruling: “The court found that for more than two decades, federal officials entrusted with responsibly managing public lands actively conspired to deprive Wayne Hage, and his father’s estate, of their grazing permits and their water rights. In its decision, the court ruled that ‘the government had abused its discretion through a series of actions designed to strip the estate of its grazing permits, and of the ability to use water rights.’”

Meanwhile, Reid, while talking to reporters about the wildfires that swept vast swaths of Nevada from Clark to Elko counties, said, “Why are we having them? Because we have climate change. Things are different. The forests are drier, the winters are shorter, and we have these terrible fires all over the West. … We have climate change. It’s here. You can’t deny it. Why do you think we are having all these fires?”

Harry Reid blames climate change for wildfires. (AP photo)

Pay no heed to the fact that in 1968 the Interior and Agriculture departments largely ended the decades long practice of prescribed burns to reduce the underbrush and other flammable contributors to fires or that since then the annual acreage burned in wildfires has grown exponentially.

Before 1980, less than 25,000 acres of Nevada burned in wildfires each year. The acreage has now increased to more than 600,000 acres each year. The carbon output of Western fires has increased from 9 million tons a year in the 1980s to more than 22 million.

Pay no attention to the fact there has been no appreciable global warming in 15 years despite a dramatic increase in carbon output from all sources — a phenomenon none of the global warming models can explain.

Taxpayers are paying to fight fires that should have been prevented by federal land agencies.

At least one Nevada senator is capable of correctly assessing blame.

Read the entire column at the Ely or Elko websites.

Smoke billows from fire near Mount Charleston. (R-J photo)

15 comments on “Newspaper column: A tale of two distinctly different Nevada senators

  1. Vernon Clayson says:

    Pistols at dawn for these two, Obama will be Reid’s second, I have no idea who would be Heller’s second. Is there even another senator, of either party, that will volunteer. In Reid’s insular world, his fellow Nevada senator must be a pariah for thinking of Nevada citizens.

  2. Milty says:

    “Pistols at dawn”? Where’s Harry going to get his pistol? Doesn’t he believe in gun control, excuse me, I meant gun safety?

  3. Jonah Goldberg on Harry Reid:

    “Majority Leader Harry Reid has been playing the Igor to Obama’s Dr. Frankenstein ever since (though reporters have yet to catch Reid actually saying “Yetthhhh master” on tape). At Obama’s bidding, the Senate failed to pass a budget for four years and refused to take up any meaningful legislation passed by the House.”

    http://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2013/07/26/cynicinchief-n1649063?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl

  4. Vernon Clayson says:

    Milty, Harry Reid’s opinions are beyond equivocal, if you recall his appearance at the new firearms range when it opened, he said everyone should familiarize themselves with guns, plus he boasted of killing a bunny on his last campaign, the newspapers repeated the story of brave little Harry saving the day for his hard pressed family by killing a bunny for supper with a rifle when he was a youth in Searchlight. I’m cool with that, I was taught how to dress a bunny, the little things have a bladder like a horse, one slip and though dead it gets its revenge spraying you.

  5. He said the rabbit was a jackrabbit. Inedible.

  6. Steve says:

    Maybe he should have said sagegrouse….

    So in keeping with sagegrouse as supper here is the recipe.
    http://www.ifish.net/board/showpost.php?s=d028465773658b98990f27cb03093c7f&p=4232713&postcount=7

  7. Vernon Clayson says:

    Ordinary rabbit is edible, not that I want any, I imagine the meat on a jackrabbit would be too stringy and tough to chew. Some cultures eat rat, maybe the culture in early Searchlight allowed for gnawing on jackrabbit flank.

  8. Maybe Dirty Harry actually used a Holy Hand Grenade, which vastly improves the taste of anything it kills.

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