Say No to Mount Reagan
  • Petitioned Linda Newman

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Chairman, Nevada State Board on Geographic Names
Linda Newman

Say No to Mount Reagan

    1. Petition by

      Jim Hoffman

      Las Vegas, NV

Grover Norquist, the head lobbyist for Americans for Tax Reform and the architect of the Republican government shutdown attempts and debt ceiling debacles, has started a movement to name several areas of the country after Ronald Reagan. The effort in Nevada has gathered over 3,000 signatures.


Frenchman Mountain (adjacent to Sunrise Mountain) was named after a unique Nevadan from the early 1930s named Paul Watelet who was actually Belgian. The area exposes some of the oldest rock on earth at the Great Unconformity. We should preserve this special and quirky piece of our state’s history. There is already significant confusion between Sunrise and Frenchman Mountain, and adding another name that has nothing to do with Nevada or Las Vegas, would only further the confusion.  Indeed, President Reagan's greatest connection with Nevada is probably his signature on the famous "Screw Nevada" bill that established Yucca Mountain as the only site under consideration for nuclear waste disposal.


President Reagan’s legacy is also complicated, and does not represent several of the values that we have come to embrace in Southern Nevada:


* President Reagan did not recognize HIV and AIDS publicly as a disease until 1987, the second to last year of his Presidency, after tens of thousands of people had already passed away.

* President Reagan was anti-union, and used federal funding and his power to break strikes on several occasions, including firing 13,000 air traffic controllers. This was despite his own history as the President of the Screen Actors Guild.

* President Reagan supported the Nicaraguan Contras and other Latin American death squads, who committed several horrible atrocities.

* Eleven of his officials were implicated in a scheme to sell arms to Iran, and 127 others were investigated, indicted, and/or convicted for other crimes - a record number.

* In his earlier career as a commercial pitchman, President Reagan recorded an LP attacking Medicare as socialized medicine, while extolling the virtues of cigarettes.

* President Reagan signed the "Screw Nevada" bill, eliminating Washington and Texas as potential sites and placing the burden solely on Yucca Mountain


Linda Newman, Chairman, Nevada State Board on Geographic Names
Say No to Mount Reagan

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Douglas Moser LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 7 months ago

      Preserve Nevada's history. Maintain the name Frenchman Mountain.

    • LInda Cavazos HENDERSON, NV
      • 7 months ago

      This is our city, our mountain, and it is NOT appropriate to have outsiders arbitrarily decide to name our mountain after a president who really had no significant connections to our city.

    • Diane Guinn LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 7 months ago

      I've looked at and referred to the mountain my entire life. I could not mention it if Reagan's name was on it.

    • Wes Davis HENDERSON, NV
      • 7 months ago

      Reagan did nothing for Nevada or Las Vegas - ever! Leave it as it is!

    • Muriel Areno PAHRUMP, NV
      • 7 months ago

      Ronald Reagan had absolutely nothing to do with Nevada. As a matter of principle, places should keep their historic names rather than be arbitrarily named after politicians.


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