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Letters to editor of the Pahrump Valley Times

Elected officials should be called on performance

I worked at Yucca Mountain for four years as the Radiological Engineering Manager. We designed many, many redundant safeguards to protect the workers, the public and the environment. IMHO, the politicos, latched onto opposing the facility because they have NO other platform to attract voters, despite the fact that both political parties should direct their efforts to diversifying and improving Nevada’s economy which we know is really only based on our casinos.

Our job creation is lacking and the many of the jobs we have in the casino service area are low paying. Nevada’s economy is still weak and our state continually lacks sufficient funds for our school system, police and infrastructure upkeep and improvement. We voters must send a message to our elected officials in the future elections of our disapproval of their political non-performance.

Al Ogurek

Amount of VEA checks unfair to longtime resident

I have been with Valley Electric since 1992 and was happy to receive my check from them this week.

I was at the bank to cash it and stood in a line with about 23 others doing the same thing and it turned out all were getting the same amount as I and only lived here a few years in comparison to my 25 years here.

Somehow it doesn’t seem fair to me. Could they not figure out the math of it all or what?

Joann McCallas

Who is to blame for US vs. North Korea conflict?

As I watch the ever-increasing rhetoric of war between the United States and North Korea, I think I’ll sit down this week and do a quick read of a book I haven’t read since the eighth grade, “Hiroshima”, by John Hersey, which details the effects on the common citizens who had the misfortune of living where the first nuclear bomb used in war was dropped. It seems like an appropriate book to remind myself of just what we might be getting ourselves into.

I have little fear of any North Korean ICBM making it here to the United States, but I do fear that we may soon see nuclear weapons used on South Korea, and our own nuclear weapons used on North Korea.

I find it unacceptable that President Trump is putting forward no sensible diplomatic measures to calm things down, but is instead just upping the ante with name calling, military bravado, and more and more sanctions. (Remember how well sanctions worked on Iraq, during the ten years before the Iraq war in 2003. They were really effective in preventing a war, weren’t they?)

If a war eventually happens between the United States and North Korea in the next few months or couple of years, know this - it could have been avoided. And we should hold those responsible, on both sides, for the war crimes they commit.

Thomas Rasmussen

Trump did not win because Americans are stupid

Dear Mr. Ferrell, I suggest you look into a Trump Derangement Syndrome Therapy Support Group.

Trump won because the masses are tired of being told what to think, how to vote, how to act, how to dress, how to speak, and mostly he won because we are tired of being called uneducated hate-mongers and racists.

Why do I care if Trump likes Putin? I’m not even saying he does. I’m just wondering why I would care? Putin is not building a mega-mosque in my town. Putin is not censoring my Facebook posts. Putin is not saying he’s going to shut down the coal mine in my town. Putin is not charging my son with sexual harassment at college. You leftists are not for me and my America. You want me to die out and make room for YOUR ‘new’ America. Because the ‘old’ America, aka me, sucks. You are more loyal to Syrians and Mexicans and European globalists than to me. You not only hate me, you mock the very idea of me liking myself. Make America Great Again – you hate and mock the slogan. Me liking me makes me a ‘Nationalist,’ a ‘supremacist’ or whatever word you come up with. You sure love to come up with words to bully me.

Trump says he likes me. You say that’s a con? What are you even talking about? You hate me. You hate the country. I’ll take my chances with Trump.

Screaming racists, and every phobia real or imagined to middle America hasn’t gotten the left anywhere but more losses in the political arena. It’s not that we love everything Trump says or does but he isn’t hating the people footing the bills in America! Purposely screaming everything that is exactly opposite of our values! Hmm… Maybe it’s time the left rethinks how much garbage they scream and start reaching out to everyday Americans, and then they too can win some elections!

Robert Anders

DMV upgrade could cost Nevada extra $300M amid rollout woes

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles’ modernization of its computer system could take longer than anticipated and cost the state more than $300 million in additional funding.

EDITORIAL: Biden extends state, local slush funds

Joe Biden’s aptly misnamed American Rescue Plan, passed in 2021, dedicated $350 billion for state and local governments to stem budget losses due to pandemic business closures and subsequent tax shortfalls.

‘Taking root’: Nevada’s future with psychedelic therapy

A Nevada working group will study the benefits of psychedelic medicine, such as magic mushrooms or “shrooms,” and make recommendations for future policies.