Issues should prevail over party politics |

Issues should prevail over party politics

As the dust settles from last week’s general election, we will be able to get a clearer picture about what the future holds.

There are bound to be changes locally and nationally. Two new members to the City Council are undoubtedly going to shake things up. While the status quo may not be in our best interests, we hope they will listen to the three veterans who know the ropes.

Change is good as long as the changes are positive. We have the confidence the five members of the council will make our city as great as we all know it can be. The Tahoe Daily Tribune will be vigilant to make sure campaign promises come to fruition.

Across the state line we know Tim Smith has his work cut out for him on the Douglas County Commission, especially when it comes to dealing with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. We expect him to have the backbone to stand-up for all of our needs and not let the powerful bureaucracy push him around.

On the national level it is always a bad thing when the legislative and executive branches are the same party. This leads to partisan legislation being passed without minimal input from the opposition.

Even though at times there seems to be little cooperation between the Democrats and Republicans, we would like to think they retain a bit of their idealism and can work toward the benefit of the people and not just themselves.

With the Senate going to be ruled by the Republicans, that will certainly hurt Lake Tahoe. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., will remain a key player in the minority party, but still will inevitably lose clout with not being majority whip.

Reid has been integral to seeking funding for causes at Lake Tahoe. He has regularly come to summits here since they began in 1997. We can only hope in future years, as in the past, both parties will be represented at the summits.

Traditionally Democrats have been more sensitive to environmental issues than Republicans. It is those issues we care about — not who is in control of the two houses of Congress.

We are concerned about clear cutting, forest management, water clarity, MTBE in the cars being driven to the basin, air pollution — even oil drilling.

We want what is best for our area. We can only wait and see what the new Congress will do when it convenes. But instead of just accepting what is done to us, as individuals and as a newspaper we must be there to tell our lawmakers what is best for our community. Washington, D.C., is nearly 3,000 miles away. Lake Tahoe is just a blip on the map to them. They need to hear from us about what matters. Our responsibility did not end at the ballot box.

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