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Letters to the Editor

Thank you to the generous lady at Irene’s

Last Friday, my husband and I went to Irene’s for fish n’ chips. As we are on a fixed income, it is a treat for us to go out to eat.

When we finished eating and went to pay the bill, we were totally surprised when the waitress said our bill was $3 and some odd cents. We told her it must be a mistake. She said “no”, some lady had paid $20 toward our bill.

We asked the waitress who she was, so that we could thank her. She said the lady was wearing a t-shirt that read “Forever Young” and that she had left.

We hope she gets the Pahrump Valley Times and reads this.

To that kind lady, God bless her for her generosity and our heartfelt thanks. She made our day – month – year!

Paul and Rose Doltore

Book burning, brothel thieves and unfair subsidies, oh my

I have to say that Wednesday’s edition of the PVT (April 1st – Fools Day) was nothing less than a study in contrasts and irony.

One article informed us that local clergy plan to burn various texts because the content was unwholesome and does not glorify the Lord. I would not disagree that there are many publications not worth the paper they are printed on. And yet, I feel a sense of unease at the prospect of setting fire to even the trashiest of printed material. In Germany, in the 1930s, Adolph Hitler sanctioned the practice of book burning. But when the Nazis did that, they likely destroyed some good books along with the bad and the ugly. Personally, I want to retain my options when it comes to selecting reading material.

Another story might be termed; “The caper at the cathouse.” I’m referring to the plight of our community’s “working women” who were reportedly ripped off to the tune of about one hundred thousand bucks. Worse, the dirty deed was perpetrated allegedly, by the women’s own “money counter;” a really low blow. On top of which we’re told that the infamous money counter was aided and abetted allegedly, by an armored car company employee whose responsibility it was to safely transport those hard-earned dollars to the bank. It’s enough to shake a person’s confidence.

Then I read of a “shocking discovery,” as Chuck Muth put it. According to Mr. Muth, we taxpayers, meaning ordinary folks like you and I, are paying higher electric bills because the feds are subsidizing affluent citizens who have installed expensive solar panels on their rooftops for the purpose of reducing their electric bills. Well I can tell you this was a revelation. It never occurred to me that wealthy people are actually concerned about how much they pay for residential electricity. At any rate, Mr. Muth’s commentary was quite specific and compelling. I’m just not sure what might be done to improve matters.

Finally, on that day of days, there was yet another report in the PVT which left me shaking my head. Did you read about the move to take water from Nye County, where it’s a subject of constant concern and debate, and transfer it to a medical marijuana business in Clark County? We’re told that at least one Nye County commissioner voiced opposition to the plan. Thank you.

And so we were told on April 1, 2015 in the County of Nye. I can’t imagine similar happenings anywhere else.

Ralph Bazan

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COVID-19 and how residents are ignoring the self-quarantine

Some residents of Nevada ignore the call for voluntarily self-quarantining and social distancing. There are still a lot of people out in the community, and traffic on the roads is still substantial. If you make a quick trip to pick up essentials at the grocery store, you will see that stores are still being overrun by shoppers madly searching for the ever-elusive rolls of toilet paper and paper towels. Head into a big box hardware store to pick up repair parts, and shoppers fill the aisles who have no idea what social distancing means. Bored at home and seeking something productive to do, homeowners have decided to occupy their free time by tackling projects around the yard and house. Signs around the stores asking shoppers to maintain social distancing are largely ignored by many as they go about their business. Yes, you will see some residents wearing surgical face masks. You will also see some wearing homemade masks of cloth or windsocks pulled up and cover their face and nose. Some shoppers, as they navigate down crowded aisles, will move to keep at least six feet between them and other shoppers. Then there are those shoppers who crowd in on top of you as stand waiting to check out without any regard to the prominently places signs asking them to stay back at least six feet. For them and for others who are not heeding the request to stay at home and for social distancing, the COVID-19 virus is not a real threat.

By the time we notice we’re hungry, it may be too late

“As the top U.S. watermelon-producing state prepares for harvest, Reuters reports, “many of the workers needed to collect the crop are stuck in Mexico …. Without the workers, crops could rot in fields throughout the country,” starting in Florida and California where major harvests begin in April and May.

It’s not the zombie apocalypse we were promised

For years we have all watched the movies and read the books about a global pandemic that would herald the end of mankind as we know it. When the virus was first reported, I was alarmed and was very glad that the president at least stopped flights from China. What happened next still puzzles me.

California Lottery

No one matched all five numbers and the mega number in the Wednesday, March 11 drawing of the California Super Lotto. The next jackpot will be at least $10 million.