Howard Copelan, Publisher
One can tell how good or bad an idea is by who supports it and who is opposed to it.
By any measure the SNWA attempt to pump all the water from northern Nevada to Las Vegas is an incredibly bad idea.
It has and should be fought by anyone who opened a tap north of the Clark County line.
Far beyond its piddling merits the amount of harm it will is almost beyond imagination.
Lets imagine what would happen should somehow the SNWA win the right to build its $15 billion drainage system.
Does anyone think that northern Nevadans would stand by quietly while the south builds this system to suck the state dry?
It is the recipe for civili disobedience if not violence.
Yes we are a nation of laws but when the law is used to perpetuate an injustice it can and must be changed. The method of that change can either be peaceful or violent or a combination of both.
We ask this of the SNWA is slacking the thirst of Las Vegas worth civil war?
Is it really worth the mass protests, the violence in the high desert that is almost certain to come?
There is a concept in religious law called ‘peace in the home’. It suggests that even if one is right beyond any doubt he or she should concede the point if their partner cannot see reason. There are more important things than being right. It is simply common sense.
Unfortunately common sense is in very short supply in Las Vegas, not surprising from a city built on the shattered dreams of so many. Still by pursuing this water war against its neighbors Las Vegas continues to sew enmity and hatred.
There is an old saying that a persons impact and import in life is like a hand in a bucket of water. It may cause a big splash but once removed there is very little evidence it was there at all.
We personally learned that lesson when went into a coma last September. Despite our imagined importance, our newspaper did not miss a beat, thanks entirely to our wife Corinne.
She carried on all by herself for the six weeks were were unconscious and for the next month while we were recovering.
Her biggest problem was not the fact that her husband was near that hilly borne where no man returns but was actually convincing peole she could handle the job despite her feminine voice.
That may sound hard to believe in our liberated day and age but it is nonetheless true. The fact they she proved she could get along without us obviously means little. We would ask that it meant more.
We have written before that personal thanks makes us uncomfortable, that discomfort grows worse when it is not we who are deserving of gratitude but Corinne. And since she is the much nicer member of our partnership she usually does the nice things in our newspaper.
So dear readers if we do something that compels you to say thank you either thank us both or thank her alone, she deserves it.
The idea of making the death chamber of the Ely Stte Prison wheel chair friendly is absurd bordering on evil.
Forget the fact that the state is involved in this ridicuous farce of a death penalty, where it is often given but never applied we are now going to spend close to a million dollars just to make sure those who can’t make it up a stair or two on their own can wheel through to witness an execution that is probaly not going to happen anyway.