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Volume 72, Issue 49, Friday, October 27, 2006

Opinion

Forum Friday

What do you think of Harry Reid's use of funding?

Senate Minority Leader Reid used $3,300 from campaign funds to give bonuses to the staff at his residence. He also made questionable real estate deals. What do you think about his behavior? 

Reid should resign because of actions 

As a proud Democrat, I condemn Reid's idiotic disregard of laws governing the use of campaign funds. He has failed the standards of the party.

  If he didn't know that what he was doing was illegal, then he should resign his post as Senate Minority Leader--if not his seat--for being ignorant of the laws. 

It was reprehensible when Carol Alvarado was ignorant of the actions of her own staff, and Reid's ignorance of campaign finance law is reprehensible as well.

When control of the Senate changes hands, Democrats can only hope Reid is not the majority leader. 

Coupled with the most recent scandal, his direct ties to corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff should earn him condemnation from the Democratic Party. He has not upheld the values and standards of the party and should not represent the party in the Senate.

-- Isaiah Warner


Long live Harry Reid

Dipping into campaign funds to give Christmas bonuses has got to be one of the more creative tactics for gaining political support. Just think of how happy those condo staffers will be -- probably happy enough to go vote for their employer. 

After all, 100 percent of Democratic Senate leaders from Nevada are doing it. Now if only the rest of the country could see that way.

As far his "shady" land dealings go, who hasn't bought a $1 million-plus worth of land and then shifted the title in mysterious ways?

And why does it matter? He already attributed any possible wrongdoing to "clerical error." Just leave it alone.

Some people may say that this behavior is "wrong" or "unethical."

Those people obviously don't know that the rules don't apply to senators, whose job it is to make laws. Not to mention, how can any less be expected from the representative from Nevada, home of the cheap hooker and a perennial Elvis?

It's too bad he was guilted into refurbishing his campaign account with his own (probably) hard-earned cash. What a saint. Campaigning on own dime. Now that says he really cares about his constituency and wants to keep serving them for as long as possible? Long live Harry Reid. 

-- Christian Palmer


What's the big deal?

I don't see a problem with the way that Sen. Reid has spent any of his campaign money. 

He used campaign money to tip the staff of the building he was staying at as a sign of gratitude and Christmas spirit. 

These people were then able to share the wealth with their families, and it made their holidays just a little more special. 

In the days of hearing about homosexual pedophilia in the government and insider trading in the big companies, this little misappropriation of funds to lighten the lives of a few people is merely a piece of spinach caught in the gingivitis-ridden, rotting teeth of the U.S. government's mouth.

Even though it is unethical and not the proper way to use campaign funds, I would still rather the money go to help people than to fund a smear campaign that has made this government a mockery of itself in that these politicians spend more time and money attacking each other than the issues they need to fix. 

-- Jude Maydwell


Reid has himself to blame

Reid is a shining example of what a politician can be.

That's not a compliment -- it's a condemnation. The actions he committed would be answered with an amputation in some parts of the world.

And the fact that he is paying the money back shouldn't buy him any kind of lenience. He had to be caught before he did anything to make up for the ridiculous dips into his campaign fund, and that makes him no better than the kid who gets caught stealing a video game and then pretends that he didn't know it was in his pocket.

If the monetary value of the theft isn't enough, the fact that Reid is a public servant makes his crime much worse.

And Reid's claims that the publicity his crimes have received is a result of Republicans actions are completely ridiculous. 

If someone had the information and waited until it would hurt Reid the most, Reid had plenty of time to make right and has no one but himself to blame for the fact that his debts to his campaign fund are still outstanding. 

-- Zach Lee


Leave Reid alone

First, at least Reid didn't blame it on alcohol. Second, it's not a big deal. He got busted with his hand in the honey pot and paid back the debt. The meager $3,300 he took is just another contrived "scandal" to shake up the midterm elections, especially since the Republicans need to shed some shame on the Democrats' side.

The push comes off as petty and negative. If we waste time scorning a man who admitted some form of the truth--or at least a legal version of what he did--then when will we have time to scorn the politicians who choose to lie about their dishonorable digressions, present and past?

Reid's moved on, and so should the rest of the sniveling Republicans. 

-- Jordan Overturf
 

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