Lake Mead property owners forced out until shutdown ends
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they're being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land.Now, I'm not sure how that works, where they own the house but it's on Federal land. It would seem to me that they don't really *own* it if the government can just make them leave because they don't own the land it sits on. One does wonder, though, exactly how much money was "saved" by forcing elderly residents out of their homes with 24 hour notice. Especially where they had to expend park ranger time to go around telling folks to get out, compared to what federal resources the homeowners used while living in the homes.
Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They've been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn't an option.
The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they've owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out.
I suspect the answer is, of course, none. There are stories of parking areas being Barrycaded or coned off so that folks can't pull over and look at the national monuments. It's hard to see this as anything other than a petty temper tantrum, especially in light of the previous directive to "make it hurt" in regards to the sequestration efforts. From what we're seeing on the news - like keeping folks from visiting private memorials that just happen to use public parking areas - it seems like the Obama administration is going out of their way to inconvenience as many people as possible.
Kicking septuagenarians and octogenarians out of their homes, though, seems to be a new low even for this administration...
That is all.