Ira Hansen’s criticism of The Nature Conservancy’s work on the Truckee River (10/19) is without basis. The need for restoration of the lower Truckee River, and the Nature Conservancy’s restoration designs, are based on state-of-the-art science and have been subjected to scientific peer review. Indeed, we would not have the financial support of our many public and private partners if our projects were not well thought out.
Mr. Hansen calls absurd The Nature Conservancy’s claim that 90 percent of the river’s forest has been lost since European settlement. But that claim, like the rest of The Nature Conservancy’s restoration plans, has reliable data to back it up. Our methodology includes analysis of historical information on the condition of the river over time. Written accounts from early explorers, physical evidence and aerial photos dating from 1938 clearly indicate that the lower Truckee River supported a riparian forest much more extensive than occurs today and flowed in a much more sinuous path between Sparks and Wadsworth.
The Nature Conservancy’s restoration work on the Truckee began in 2003 and our success to date is available for all to see, in-person, on-the-ground. As a result of this work, our community will enjoy benefits including flood control, improved water quality and wildlife habitat and new recreation opportunities.
Truckee River project manager, The Nature Conservancy of Nevada
Recently, Sparks City Councilman Phil Salerno was fined $5,000 by the Nevada Ethics Commission for not making a disclosure about his business connection with the Sparks Nugget in regards to his vote on the Lazy 8 Casino. His was solely a business connection, unlike the connection that Sparks City Councilman Mike Carriagan has with the developer’s front man, Carlos Vasquez. Yet, Mr. Carrigan was not fined for having a personal relationship with him and his developer. At no time did Mr. Carrigan make a disclosure at either of the votes that resulted in the approval of the casino, although he was asked by dozens of people to recuse himself from voting and he thumbed his nose and voted anyway. Everyone in that audience knew he had a conflict of interest. Then on Aug. 29, 2007 when he appeared before the Ethics Commission he just received a slap on the wrist although he was found guilty of not recusing himself on this vote.
My question is, why was Mike Carrigan, who had a personal relationship with this developer’s front man, not fined the same as Salerno who only had a business connection with someone who opposed this casino? Sounds like a double standard to me.
Only those of us who lived through the Great Depression can really appreciate the fear and foreboding that is gripping this nation.
The economic crisis has affected Nevadans severely: We have the highest rate of foreclosures in the country, and our unemployment rate is at 7 percent, much higher than any where else in the country.
For almost two years, Obama has been earnestly calling attention to the need for changes in the fiscal policies of our government. His message has been directed to the emerging crisis for the middle class. His planning for 1) a line-by-line evaluation of government expenditures for curbing waste and saving money, and 2) restructuring our sources of revenue by responsibly ending the Iraq war and asking the wealthy to pay a more appropriate share of taxation promises relief to 95 percent of working families. Further, Obama is intent upon providing health care for every American.
Each day McCain and Palin are endorsing the fiscal policies that have contributed to this frightening economic situation. Setting aside politics as usual, our choice on Nov. 4 should be evaluated as never before. With a vote for Obama, we can enjoy the hope of restoring our prosperity.
I am a 61-year-old woman who hoped to retire in a few short years. Today, I am dismayed by the state of our current economy and the chaos that has ensued with the stock market. At this point, I do not see how I can afford to retire after working all my adult life.
McCain says he wants to turn the page. However, he has no economic solutions and the page they are turning to is one of personal attacks and hatred. The page they want to turn away from is the economic distress America is facing.
The economic meltdown is a direct result of John McCain and the Republicans deregulation legislation. They are only interested in playing politics with our economic future. Democrats believe we can help revitalize the economy by rebuilding America’s families, not with four more years of failed politics. Obama’s tax cut is a great start. Barack Obama’s tax plan will give 95 percent of working families in America a $1,000 tax cut.
With Barack Obama’s plan no family making less than $250,000 will see a tax increase.
I’m counting on Barack Obama and the Democrats to turn the economy around so that I can retire on my time table not the Republicans’.
Does anyone in Sparks read these letters or care about Sparks? It was a great day for Sparks to be the first to open a new RTC transit center! We needed one for a long time for better safety and convenience to everyone that uses the buses. Bad news is the cut in services and no service to the shopping area out in Spanish Springs. Also what’s bad is due to the lies from our so-called Mayor Martini just so he could win the last election we have nothing else new to downtown but a lot of empty buildings and places being forced to close. We had someone willing to build new businesses and family entertainment and part of it would have been done by now but the mayor got his orders from the big money who paid for his election bid so we have nothing now in downtown. We need to get rid of him and the rest of the City Council but it’s hard to do when the people behind him do whatever they need to do to keep him in office. How many more lawsuits will there be from Whittemore and the likes of him before the good people in Sparks say enough is enough? How many more layoffs and cuts to the services we need since the City Council cannot see how to get more money without new taxes? There are ways but no one wants to listen to them? Maybe we should sue Harvey Whittemore for the balance we need?