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Monday, December 20, 2010

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn is a Grinch this Holiday Season...

Senator Coburn of Oklahoma released his government "Wastebook 2010" report today and has decided to attack Las Vegas' very own Neon Museum. This is a low blow from the most conservative Grinch in the United States Senate. Obviously Senator Coburn has no idea the positive economic impact that the Neon Museum is having Downtown and in Southern Nevada. Furthermore, it is quite obvious that he has no clue what the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA) that helped fund the Neon Boneyard Park.

SNPLMA monies are raised by the sale of public lands in Southern Nevada that have to be reinvested in Nevada and used for items listed below:
  • Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas
  • Capital Improvements
  • Conservation Initiatives
  • Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plans (MSHCP)
  • Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions
  • Lake Tahoe Restoration Act Projects
If Senator Coburn is trying to win brownie points with his base he should not use Las Vegas as his punching bag. The Senator from Oklahoma should do all Nevadans a huge favor and mind his own business.

Here are a few items listed on his website, the link is below for further information.

“As 2010 ends, millions of Americans are still struggling to find work. Even those lucky enough to have jobs have had to tighten their belts. Yet, Congress continues to find new and extravagant ways to waste tax dollars. In today’s economy, we can’t afford to spend nearly $2 million to showcase neon signs no longer in use at Las Vegas Casinos, nor can Congress and federal agencies afford to spend nearly $1 billion a year on unnecessary printing costs,” Dr. Coburn said.

"The city of Las Vegas has received a $5.2 million federal grant to build the Neon Boneyard Park and Museum, including $1.8 million in 2010. For over the last decade, Museum supporters have gathered and displayed over 150 old Las Vegas neon signs, such as the Golden Nugget and Silver Slipper casinos."


Contact Senator Coburn and tell him to mind his own business...

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at


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