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Are businesses, agriculture wasting our water?

According to articles and reports, Nevada leaders are again attacking home well rights and are considering banning any growth of vegetation on home properties including gardens, shrubs, and lawns.

This water abuse blaming policy appears off the mark as authorizations from different associated counties have allowed the building of lakes and large ponds with their associated fountains; ie, Lakeview’s seven-acre lake, which drained all the wells in a fan below the area, the racetrack, which was allowed to build a nine-acre lake, and even Lake Las Vegas, which is supplied by water out of Lake Mead.

In addition, each new housing project being built is allowed to have grass, greenery, trees and plants all along their major roadways, such as Mountain Falls, Southern Hills, Summerlin, Green Valley, Red Rock, etc.

To further the ridiculous rule which allows the buying of water rights originally designated for agricultural needs, the project or purchaser must use the water or lose the rights. Before the completion of their project and to maintain their rights for water usage, they must then overuse their needs at present by dumping water even if not required.

If the Nevada study was realistic, instead of badgering the individual homeowners, it should be pointed toward controlling the water abuse by farmers in the Fallon, Schurz, Yerington and other areas who flood their fields instead of monitoring their usage. Also, the creation of lakes and fountains which accelerate the evaporation should be eliminated. If you wish a pond as a business, build it undercover as the ancient Greeks, Turks, Persians, etc. did and put the restaurants around the water.

And lastly, the water rights should not be owned, but controlled by each individual need and agricultural requirement and for housing should be allowed by the acreage feet for the amount of property owned.

Jack Harp

There are more important things than global warming

Regarding a column by Dennis Myers, “If climate change is not stopped”, which ran in the PVT’s July 13 issue:

Since the Big Bang, when the Earth exploded into the atmosphere as a chunk of smoldering rock, its climate has been changing. Mount Vesuvius alone dumped more dirt into the atmosphere than all of the automobiles man has driven since they were invented. Maybe you didn’t get that memo.

Sending a bazillion American tax dollars every year to Nigeria and Somalia will not change one molecule of the Earth’s atmosphere, even if they all use it to buy cars and drive them on their dirt paths. Suppose everyone on the planet quit smoking and throwing their non-biodegradable butts (and other trash) on the ground. That might be some kind of a small start in the category of cleaning things up and giving a rip about Mother Earth. “Character is doing the right thing, even when nobody’s looking.”

Prince Charles said that the Earth had only 10 years left if we didn’t do something to stop “global warming.” That was about 20 years ago. Al Gore? Another genius of “The Settled Science.” And bazinga, here we all still are, breathing and everything! All the trees are still green, all the oceans are still blue, the stars are still shining. Maybe you should not join forces with these rocket scientists?

Get a grip on yourself, Myers! You have a big readership! Use your status to spread important information like for example, why Hillary Clinton should be in Leavenworth and not the White House.

Tell people that for no apparent reason, Islamo-fascists are blowing up humans, chopping human heads off, locking humans in cages, dousing them in kerosene and lighting them on fire.

Earth’s climate changes? There isn’t one freaking thing you can do about it.

Linda DeLaMare

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