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Letters to editor of the Pahrump Valley Times

A big reason for the dust

The article on dust is for sure in effect in unit 14.

However, when you look at the roads you clearly understand the reason for the dust.

The road graders have over the years taken all the gravel off the roads and graded it to the shoulder, leaving the roads now bare dirt. The summer it is dust, with winter you almost need mud and snow tires to make it.

Make the road graders take road grading 101.

John Eastin

Reader expresses pet peeves about Pahrump

While our political pundits argue over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, life in Pahrump plods along. I’d like to address two pet peeves.

Security lights are off-the-charts abused. Klieg light after laser light after LED light now flood my neighborhood. Once dark and serene, I have to put my hands up strategically to see the stars.

Blasting lights from even a half-mile away destroys the dark. Why can’t homeowners use motion sensor lights? Is crime so rampant (not) in Pahrump that we need to be lit like a POW camp?

Secondly, I must address the horrific animal abuse. Horses are incredible creatures that have a need to move, eat, and socialize. Year after year I drive by homes where these magnificent animals are penned in and neglected.

Why do you own a horse if you won’t groom, exercise, play with or properly care for these very intelligent and emotional horses? Imagine spending your life in a small, locked side bedroom, with minimal food thrown at you twice a day and water in filthy, uncleaned troughs?

I maintain my philosophical position that humans were and are a big mistake. Yeah, yeah, I know. YOU are different. Sure. Please, I beg of you, gentle readers, step in to make Pahrump a more civilized town. It’s a great place to live. Let’s keep it that way.

Patty Vinikow

Candidates should care about their voters

I moved to Nevada from Florida to start my life over after a car accident that left me with debilitating injuries to my neck and back. Six surgeries later, I am still on the road to recovery.

Even with everything going on in my life, I am still very much invested in doing my part to preserve our democracy. So after moving to Nevada, I reached out to a couple of Democratic presidential campaigns to share my health care story. Sadly, I felt like they were not interested in listening to me and only pushed me to volunteer.

However, things were very different when I approached the Tom Steyer campaign team in Nevada. They actually listened and cared. Their team even went the extra mile to invite me to the grand opening of their Las Vegas headquarters.

At the event, an artist friend and I had the opportunity to present Tom with a portrait of him which they now display at their office for everyone to see.

But beyond that, Tom listened closely as I told him my health care story and about my upcoming surgery. Tom was warm and genuine and said he would try to visit me during my recovery.

Nevada, this is what we need in a presidential candidate. Someone who cares. Someone who knows that a kind gesture goes a long way. Not only is Tom that person, but also his Nevada staff has the same qualities.

They reflect the values and kindness of Tom and that’s what every campaign should do.

Lisa Everingham

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DAN SCHINHOFEN: Special session fiasco part 2

During this current “special session”, our Democrat-controlled Legislature has prioritized police “reforms” and seem to have forgotten that we are in, what they call, “a health emergency”. While Nevada does have some bad officers, from the vast majority of police in our state, we have not seen racism as a driving issue. Still our state Democratic leaders think that getting on the record with specious “reforms” is a priority, so that their other Democratic friends feel good.

TIM BURKE: Nevada Democrats force November mail-in ballot

The act of physically going to a polling location and casting my vote in-person has always given me a feeling of satisfaction that I am participating in the election process.

THOMAS KNAPP: Afghanistan Bounties: Pot, Meet Kettle (and Turn Off the Stove!)

“These are anarchists, these are not protesters,” President Donald Trump said on July 20th, defending his decision to unleash Department of Homeland Security hooligans on anti-police-violence demonstrators in Portland. Anarchist-bashing — referring to “radical-left anarchists” in Minneapolis, “ugly anarchists” in Seattle, etc. — has become a consistent Trump campaign theme since May.

CHUCK BAKER: Land, Land, but not an inch to spare

“Don’t Fence Me In” was a popular song in the 1940s. Some might say it could be today’s theme song for Nellis AFB. Between all the land held in Nevada by the local air base and the Bureau of Land Management, it appears that control over boundaries and borders will be with Silver State entities for quite some time. And not just in the south.

TIM BURKE: First Amendment protects free speech, not violence

In the rural counties of Nevada, it is not uncommon to have residents assemble and express their conservative viewpoints. Here in Pahrump, during patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July, you might find someone standing along the main roadways waving an American flag to show their support for this country. It is also common to see American flags attached to residents’ cars and trucks around town. These residents are exercising their First Amendment rights.