Tahoe Tea Party

There’s a tea party brewing at Lake Tahoe. Residents have long advocated self-government for their region, and this time they mean business. They wish to break from Washoe and Douglas counties to form Tahoe County. The Tahoe Citizens Committee currently boasts over 900 members, and the group has raised a substantial warchest to fund the county movement. Why are Tahoe citizens willing to take such drastic action? The Committee says there are plenty of reasons.

One concerns growth restrictions: The Lake Tahoe Basin is the only area in Nevada mandated to restrict growth, in order to meet stringent environmental regulations. Yet tax distribution formulas are all designed to promote economic growth in the state. So Lake Tahoe pays for the promotion of economic growth elsewhere, but cannot experience significant growth itself.

Unfair room tax distribution is another reason. Douglas County spends only 28 percent of its room tax on tourism, yet the Lake Tahoe area of Douglas County generates 92 percent of total room tax revenue for the county. Critics say this and other tax distribution disparities are major causes of stagnant gaming revenues in the Tahoe Basin in recent years.

And finally, Tahoe County would be entirely self-sufficient. Due to the mandated no-growth policy, the Tahoe Basin will never need another school or other such facilities. Thus, the sales, gaming, and property taxes generated by the region are more than enough to fully fund services for proposed Tahoe County — a feasibility study confirmed this. Tahoe residents should be allowed to go it alone.


Bad News for Feminists

There’s bad news for radical feminists, and especially bad news for Nevada radical feminists. Women are starting businesses at a rapid rate nationally, and the Silver State is leading the way. Between 1987 and 1996, the number of female-owned businesses rose 77 percent. In Nevada, female businesses grew a staggering 130 percent. These aren’t doctored statistics offered by an oppressive patriarchy. The figures come from the National Foundation for Women Business Owners whose study examined the country’s largest metropolitan areas.

Las Vegas, if included in the study, would rank first in growth. The Reno area would rank third. Patricia Larsen, the co-founder of Port of Subs, is optimistic: "In what I have seen in the last five years, the good ol’ boy network has been replaced by one of equality in gender," she told the Reno Gazette-Journal. In the Reno metropolitan area, 40 percent of firms are now owned by women.

The National Foundation for Women Business Owners executive director points out that nationally, female-owned businesses are growing faster than the economy itself. The organization’s study also showed that female employment in general is booming. So the dismal view radical feminists have of economic opportunities for women has been slapped in the face — yet again — by reality. But don’t expect these positive numbers to be included in the next press release by the National Organization for Women. N.O.W. agitators have a pretty rigid perception of women’s lives in America, and they don’t let facts interfere with their gloomy view. Too bad — they should be happy for their fellow "sisters."


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