Letters to the Editor:

Zinke visit was a sham

I am writing to add my voice to those raised in outrage at the travesty of a review/listening tour initiated by the Trump administration and Ryan Zinke, Trump’s secretary of the Interior.

This whole exercise is a giant film-flam put on by the administration. Appointments were made and a roundtable was organized for July 31 in Mesquite so that the secretary could hear from different groups and citizens about the impact of the Gold Butte and Basin and Range national monuments on the state of Nevada.

Zinke canceled on Saturday without letting all the potential attendees know; he then arrived in the area on Sunday without letting all the interested parties know. He then used his time for a photo op with some Republican candidates from the area along with Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, turning his presence into a totally partisan event.

This is complete disrespect for the state of Nevada and for the local elected officials and all the groups and citizens who wanted to speak out to the secretary.

I know there is a strong knee-jerk hatred of the federal government, the BLM and for former President Barack Obama among certain segments of our population, and the Trump administration and the behavior of Ryan Zinke is emblematic of that. We must resist this hatred and short sightedness.

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