|Roy Bean RevisitedRegarding "A Law Unto Themselves" in the April
issue of Nevada Journal:
It's a great article and very true.
Prop 6 Was Axed I believe your February issue of Nevada Journal has an error concerning the old Proposition 6 to limit property tax increases.
The article indicates that the required second vote failed; that would have been in 1980, I presume. My notes show that the second vote was never allowed; the legislators wouldn't allow the second vote and instead applied their own fix which was by limits in county-wide values or taxes, rather than at the individual property level. That limit, of course, did not help Incline Village, which was being lumped in with Washoe County.Roger C. Steele
To the MattressesRudolph Giuliani, mayor of the city of New York, and I have one thing in common: Our favorite movie is The Godfather. And we should take a lesson from Rudy. When he is attacked by another politician or special interest group, he and his team "go to the mattresses." They hunker down, refuse to negotiate and begin a war. The people in the silver State must take this posture with the politicians and public servants if this state is to survive.
Robert B. Gooden
Federal Silliness I am writing about the Bureau of land Management's proposed "3809" mining regulation revisions.
I am against these revisions because they are unneeded, and rather than help my mining friends or me, harm us. The least harmful of the alternatives proposed is the "no action" alternative.
More than 40 years ago I moved to Ely, Nevada. I worked for a contractor, who worked for the Consolidated Copper Mines Company, which was latter bought out by Kennecott.
I met my wife's father and we went into the mining business shipping gold and silver flux ore to Kennecott. This was pick-and-shovel, hand-tramming work, using an old 1939 5-ton truck to haul our ore off the hill. I did not even have a thermos bottle. My wife, Sharon, used to walk the mile up the side of the mountain at noon in the wintertime to bring us a quart Mason jar full of hot coffee. One time I figured out that we were making a little over $5 an hour, after paying our expenses.
Those were of course the "good old days"--the days when the American government believed in private property, instead of so much in federal property. The government's job was to protect the land from the people.
The existing federal regulations for rehabilitation of lands used in mining now require one to spend tens of thousands of dollars per acre rehabilitating land. The best value to out nation for these lands would be to leave those beautiful veins, dips, angles, spurs, beddings, rocks and minerals exposed so that present day prospectors can see, explore, and enjoy them, and future generations can start there when they need more of the minerals.
What an economically wasteful attitude the federal government has adopted. The regulators have decided what is the best way for them--not us--to enjoy the federal lands.
Somehow or other the federal government has decided that the only thing that has beauty is the top of the last sagebrush leaf which has fallen off the bush.
What about the Grand Canyon? It is only a big beautiful hole in the ground. If it were man-made the federal government would want to cover it up, spending billions on more non-productive activity that removes capitol from our society--capital that otherwise would produce factories, jobs, and wealth for our nation.
I was drafted into the army in 1955. I remember sitting on the edge of my cot in Fort Ord basic training camp sending $25 of the $90 per month I was earning to Jon Collins, my attorney, trying to fight the Forest Service which was condemning the surface rights to my mining claims.
Ever since then it has been a fight for survival against the federal government and their overstaffed and non-productive employees.
This new set of section 3809 regulations are just another twist of the rope around out throats--meant to harm those of us who make our living through, and who enjoy, the mining industry.
The rules will extend permitting time and require the BLM to expand its presence by hiring many new nonproductive people. It will cost a lot of money, for no economic benefit to our society. The regulations will also cost the state of Nevada good paying jobs and deprive the state and counties of tax money that they now receive from mines. Frank W. Lewis