It’s no secret that in addition to publishing the Penny Press, we also own KELY in Ely, Nevada.
But even with that conflict of interest, the thought of allowing our county government to try and suck our neighbors' water dry in order to make a bunch of rich people richer makes me ill and it should make you ill as well.
Last August 16, we saw a rare bit of honesty from an unelected bureaucrat when the Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy told the Las Vegas Sun that if they couldn’t get their hands on White Pine County’s water, the growth of Las Vegas would stop in 2013.
She then threatened state Engineer Tracy Taylor with his job if he didn’t rule the right way in September’s hearings.
She sent the Sun a letter which they ran two days later saying that she would never threaten the state engineer.
THAT, of course, is when she started lying, again.
All of this happened in the context of a meeting with the editorial board of the Sun which says a lot in and of itself for two reasons.
First, the Sun is the closest thing to the Daily Worker or Pravda currently being printed in Nevada.
And, second, the Sun is owned by the Greenspun family which is heavily involved in Las Vegas development.
Here’s a newsflash for Ms. Mulroy, who is among the highest paid vipers employed by arrogant governments anywhere:
Most of us who live in Las Vegas think that if growth stopped next year that would be a good thing. We think those thoughts as we sit on US 95, trying to get to our offices.
Now I’m a firm believer in free markets.
The direct opposite of unlimited growth is planned growth and that assumes artificial limitations on growth—like stupid laws.
But running out of water is a natural limitation.
And if we run out of water with ONLY two and a half million people in the valley, so be it.
Maybe then, we’ll actually finish all of the highway construction which causes the traffic jams Las Vegas has become famous for.
Maybe then, we’ll stop trying to become the seventh largest (and most poorly run) school district in the nation instead of the eighth.
Maybe then, our police department will have the time to send the gang bangers back to California where they belong.
Maybe then, Las Vegas will become a mature community that will get along with its rural neighbors instead of trying to steal their birthright attempting to sustain growth which is simply not sustainable.
When the growth stops in Las Vegas, for the most part, the change will be positive.
The casinos will still do land office business. The airport will still be among the world’s busiest, bringing in tourists with plenty of disposable cash.
As we catch up with 20 years of unlimited growth, the quality of life will get better.
And if some developers do go broke and some homeowners who are hocked to the gills to buy a crappy $400,000 house set on a postage stamp lot have to leave, well, that’s the breaks.
That’s assuming we can stop Ms. Mulroy and her incredibly greedy and arrogant co-conspirators.
It’s not just in the interests of White Pine County to stop this nonsense.
It’s in the best interests of we in Las Vegas as well.