Endorsement: Charlie Brown has better plans for Tahoe
October 28, 2008
In the 4th Congressional District race, the Tahoe Daily Tribune endorses Democrat Charlie Brown. The retired Air Force lieutenant colonel has the kind of sound, moderate positions we believe are appropriate for Lake Tahoe, including a five-point plan for helping the region’s economy.
Brown wishes to expand tax incentives for the production of wind, solar, hydro and biomass energy. In doing so, Brown wishes to ease restrictions on logging so we can responsibly thin forests and reduce the threat of wildfire.
Thirdly, Brown wishes to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Act to ensure stable funding for our schools and infrastructure projects. Brown also supports Sierra streambed restoration and improvements to existing dams and water-treatment facilities.
Finally, while there may be disagreements, Brown still believes in the core task of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and its protection of Lake Tahoe, and applauds the efforts of the federal, state and local governments along with private investors in pumping more than $1 billion into the basin over the past decade.
While we do agree with some of Tom McClintock’s positions with regard to the $700 billion bank bailout – he was against it – and where the money should have really gone – investing in small business and technology – we don’t think some of his other views expressed in his profile in Wednesday’s Tribune are in the best interest of Tahoe.