$20 million California Trail center opens in Nevada

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  • dumprake Washington, UT
    June 5, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    Ah yes, Harry Reid, of course this is his baby. At a time when the country is broke, and Reid has failed in his constitutional duties, stonewalled his budget obligations in the senate; he has plenty of time to buy votes through pork barrel projects like this. I'm all for the center, but it could have and should have been funded by private donations; not by taxpayer money where Reid gets the glory and the votes. This is precisely what's wrong in Washington today.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 4, 2012 8:07 p.m.

    A very nice facility, I am sure, and at $20 million it better be!

    This is a prime example of one of hundreds or thousands of "nice to have" stuff that Congress shovels money at every year. Sen. Harry Reid should be forced to wear this albatross of wasteful spending in the next election.

    We are broke, deeply in in debt, and cannot afford $20 million for a big museum in the middle of nowhere. If private donors wanted to build it, I would be all for it. But, for our kids and their kids to be forced to pay for non-essential frills like this is just an obscene abuse of power.

    Every Congressman who voted for this should be thrown out of office!

  • TripleCrown Santa Ana, CA
    June 4, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    As interesting as all the displays probably are, this is still an example of low priority projects being funded by pork barrel spending by entrenched Washington lawmakers who steer money borrowed from China into their own state. When compared with all the other pressing issues and the HUGE deficit the Federal Governament should be addressing, this project should NOT have been funded at this time. This is an example of what's wrong with our Federal Government. Politicans like Senator Reid continue to be more interested in grabbing as many borrowed federal dollars for their states as possible, rather than exercising fiscal restraint that is in the best interest of the country as a whole, because they figure that if they don't spend the money in their state, some other politican will pork barrel spend it in theirs.

  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    June 4, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    "...located along Interstate 80 near Elko about 280 miles west of Reno."

    I would suggest that Elko is EAST of Reno.