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Letters to the editor of the Pahrump Valley Times

Another view of the Honduran refuge caravan

Middle East terrorists? MS-13? Murderers? Rapists? Really?

“No one leaves home, unless home is the mouth of a shark.

You only run for the border when you see the whole town running ahead of you.

No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”

…Warsen Shire, Somali/English poet

David G. Alexander

When will Great Basin Utility Company fix road?

When is the Great Basin Water Utility company going to make the permanent repairs to Homestead Road at Highway 160? It has been almost a year and they have done nothing.

Bad enough that the county commissioners had the public works department put down a temporary fix with TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS.

The public works department should have standard details show what has to be done on road repairs, if not, then use the NDOT standards.

The utility company should be fined by the county so much for every day the repairs are not made. I’m retired from public works back East and this wouldn’t fly at all.

Phillip Nodine

Housing cost, laws causing exodus to Nevada

As per the usual, Dennis Myers’ column in the Oct. 19 PV Times missed the point. Many more people, both politicians and common citizens alike, have expressed concern that Nevada might become “East California.” He cites statistics showing that California is not as bad, in some areas, and Nevada not as good as we’d like to think. True.

However, my question is this, “Given the facts that he stated, why are so many Californians flocking to Nevada?” A major reason is the high cost of housing. Building regulation upon building regulation make the cost of building housing out of reach for most people. Another reason, and the one that brought me to Nevada, is the California politicians and their bizarre laws. He cites plastic straws and transgender bathrooms, but, although they were not enacted, some legislators thought they were good ideas and wrote proposed bill drafts. And guess who was responsible for all those building regulations?

The fear here is that, should the Democrats gain control of the governor’s office as well as the Legislature, we’ll end up with some of the “unfortunate” laws in California. Case in point: a bill making Nevada a sanctuary state passed both houses in the last session. Only Governor Sandoval’s wise veto saved us. Should we get a Democrat in the governor’s chair, it’s Katie bar the door. Every looney-toon idea our liberal Democrat legislators come up with will be greenlighted into law.

No, Mr. Myers, becoming the next California is, indeed, an issue and we voters have the chance on Election Day to make sure that doesn’t happen, at least for the next four years.

Bill Newyear

Co-op member-owners need the truth Question 3

Valley Electric Association is taking the wrong side by supporting Question 3 when they should be protecting their customers. They support locking this into the Nevada Constitution, which would make it more difficult to fix when things go wrong.

In addition, they are pushing to be a middle man for selling energy because they don’t own any power plants. It makes no sense and puts us at risk for higher electric bills. Our community simply can not afford that.

Valley Electric and other rural electric customers should make sure to get the facts on Question 3. If Question 3 passes, it hurts all of us. That’s why we’ll be voting No on 3.

Richard and Judith Reitan

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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.