Letters to the editor of the Pahrump Valley Times


Resident writes in support of hemp farm

Do you remember when all the parents of the students that go to Manse Elementary complained about the dust? Even to the point of calling in the EPA?

So Dan Harris had to plant something! When they first planted the hemp plants, we walked over, (as we live right across the street, with a third and sixth grader by the way), and got a lesson on medical hemp.

Dan and his team put in long hours every day caring for this crop. My family and are glad that they have found something they could make a profit from. Capitalism, along with his constitutional rights, allow him to use HIS land for this law-abiding venture. Dan has followed all the laws required to plant and grow medical hemp.

It is NOT right next to either of the schools, as the photo in the article makes it look. There is a weed-filled field between manse and the crop. Also, a long hayfield between RCMS and the crop. The fenced hemp is situated right on the corner of Blagg and Harris Farm roads.

Knowing Dan, we are sure that he and his team would never do anything detrimental to the people or the environment. They live here too!

Hemp was once grown to make rope before plastic, etc., and still grows wild in some places. Also, the county, the town, and the parents show no concern for the wild peyote plants that grow along the route that their children walk!

Before people get all up in arms about this situation, I urge them to do their due diligence and homework before they make comments. People around this valley need to focus on real issues and not the one that is driven by their ignorance on what “medical hemp’ really is.

We say congratulations and support Dan and company on a job well done!

Bette Westman and Desiree Foshee

Reader responds to letter to the editor

Regarding the letter to the editor in Friday’s PVT by David Jaronik.

I am at the same time both amazed and amused by this editorial:

First the quote from D. Bonhoeffer regarding stupidity. How incredibly insightful and so applicable to our current political experience. That is the amazing part.

Then there’s your inference that the Obama administration is responsible for the rise of this current president.

This is the amusing part. What about the following: Paralyzed and self-servient politicians (Congress) with their apparent singular eye to re-election … fighting and blocking each other at every juncture; Russian meddling in the election process; voters who are motivated by personalities … etc. etc.?

This was great reading AND Dennis Myers was spot-on regarding the UNR student in Charlottesville. Good show, Dennis.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Mike Davis

Did the uneducated help get Trump elected?

One could logically make the argument that the Republicans engineered great damage to themselves by promulgating lies about the Democrats. Examples like Hillary had committed a felony at Benghazi. Despite 14 separate hearings by Republicans and wasting millions of taxpayers’ dollars, they found no wrongdoing by Hillary. Strangely, these attacks, often led by scumbag Hannity on Fox News, continued throughout the 2016 election. Why wasn’t Hillary prosecuted after Trump won? Because the liars had no evidence. No more than the champion liar, Trump, could prove his bogus claim that Obama was not a citizen. The Republicans seemed to eat all these lies up. However, they forgot one fundamental truth. “When you lay down with the dogs, there will be fleas on you when you get up.”

Another one of Trump’s numerous lies is the one that he, Trump, wrote, “The Art of the Deal.” This book was written by a ghost writer, Tony Schwartz, who wrote “lying is second nature to Trump. He had a complete lack of conscience about lying strategically.” Throughout the whole 2016 presidential campaign, Tony Schwartz gave interviews and consistently repeated that Trump was a compulsive liar, often backing his stories up by recalling Trump’s erratic behavior. All these lies about democrats were beautiful music to Republican ears. They couldn’t get enough of it until one thing happened. Trump started lying to the Republicans. He got off script, or Trump is Trump, and is incapable of being a team player.

Now he has the Republican establishment against him. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority, said, “he doubted if Trump would be able to save his presidency.” Even the powerful Senator Corker, a Republican, indicated that Trump doesn’t have what it takes to grasp his position as president.

The aforementioned lies by Trump and numerous more were known and exposed during the 2016 campaign. Now we are left with some questions: How come almost half our citizens ignored the truth about trump and voted for the worst degenerate since the founding of our republic? Trump bragged about grabbing and abusing women. Why did 53 percent of all white women voters vote for Trump? Trump wants to give the super-rich tremendous tax breaks and take away health benefits from 32 million Americans. Why do some Republicans, living from hand to mouth, support this injustice?

I don’t claim to know the answers because it all seems so unintellectual. But I do believe that a lot of it has to do with Trump’s base, the uneducated white class. They seem to revel in anger against the Democrats, while ignoring all the facts when their anger is unwarranted. Throughout history, people like Hitler, Stalin, Sadam, and gutter trash man Sean Hannity of Fox News, have been able to program the masses to follow and believe in causes which are actually detrimental to the very people who support these causes. Is it any wonder that virtually every truck stop in our nation has Fox News on its TV?

Our founding fathers could not foresee how the evil tyrants in the future, men like the Koch brothers and Trump and TV evil stations like Fox news, could program the ignorant and uneducated to work against the principals of our own Constitution. They, regrettably, failed to realize that for some, “facts don’t matter.”

Jim Ferrell