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Letters to the editor of the Pahrump Valley Times

Resident questions Pahrump property codes

It would be nice if we the people could know what the city of Pahrump and Nye County rule are about many vehicles parked on lots, multiple living quarters on some lots. Are they all connected to the one sewer system? Are they all connected to the same power supply box? Are they just being shared?

I’m sure property owners in the areas that this is occurring really would like to know, so they can report violations to the proper agency to have them actually go out to the sites to see if there are in fact violations. If so, then TAKE ACTION to alleviate the problem(s).

Isn’t that what we pay their salaries for by all of the fees and taxes we are required to pay?

Henry Hurlbut

Courtesy first lesson on how to maneuver roundabouts

When NDOT first recommended roundabouts for Pahrump, we had MANY opponents with horror stories about what they predicted would certainly happen.

As much as I tried to assure them that roundabouts are very safe and, in the long run, much cheaper than traffic lights, they continued to fill the “Letters to the Editors” and complaints to the commissioners with gloom and doom.

While I was in Europe, I navigated roundabouts for 10 years and never saw an accident because drivers practiced “common courtesy.”

Now that the Pahrump roundabouts are completed on Highway 372 at Blagg Road and also at Pahrump Valley Boulevard, I don’t hear the complaints anymore. Actually, now I hear how great they are. I’m NOT a person who likes to gloat and say, “I told you so” but … I told you so.

So, now we need to ensure that the public understands how to maneuver through the roundabouts. Here goes my attempt at providing educational tips from my 10 years of experience AND my observations of drivers making mistakes in the roundabouts here in Pahrump.

1. Remember that Courtesy is contagious. Try it.

2. When entering the circle, remember that there is a YIELD sign as you approach the circle. It is NOT a “speed up to beat the guy already in the circle” sign. You MUST yield to any traffic already IN the circle. If there is NO traffic in the circle, you should continue. Remember, it’s a YIELD sign, NOT a STOP sign.

3. All vehicles already IN the circle have the right of way.

4. When exiting the circle, use your RIGHT turn signal to let others behind you or those entering the circle know of your intent to exit the circle.

If these tips are followed on BOTH roundabouts, Pahrump will avoid accidents and reduce driver frustrations at the roundabouts.

Now, go out and enjoy the roundabouts that keep the traffic flowing safely. So, happy driving.

Tom Waters

And your point is … what?

The PVT letter published Aug. 30 from Mike Davis was confusing. I will admit I’m at some disadvantage having not read the Dennis Myers column about the UNR student in Charlottesville.

I do however stand by my synopsis of President Trump reaching that office, due in great percentage to the Obama election and his presidency. Not using absolutes, both presidents maintain a level of “cult-like” personalities.

To refresh some memories, the “hope and change” campaign with people fainting, or who could forget Joe Biden’s assessment of “here’s a clean-cut, well-spoken black man” or Harry Reid’s he does not use “Negro dialect” unless he wants to.

Both of these high-profile leaders were surprised at his “cult-like” following. These two were not the first in history to gain power mostly due to personality and probably won’t be the last, but a much closer look would be worthwhile to look at the contents, not just the colorful packaging.

To me it was a shocking summary of our country’s designated “watchdogs” of the powerful, the media, just before Obama’s first inauguration in an interview with Charlie Rose, Tom Brokaw stated, “We really don’t know much about this soon-to-be president. We don’t know what books he reads, we don’t know who his heroes are, who his mentors were.”

Tommy, there were some clues that a high school investigative reporter could have shed some light on, starting with his first two books and fact checking them.

So Mr. Davis, to clarify your point or points, more specifics and less abstract statements are needed.

David Jaronik

Denial - when the facts don’t seem to matter

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 16 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 leader, 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 take 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 worse 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 evil TV stations like Fox News, could program the ignorant and uneducated to work against the principles of our own constitution. They, regrettably failed to realize that for some, “facts don’t matter.”

Jim Ferrell

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