Letters for August 18, 2005

Bad August Nights
Re “Hot August Nights sends chills,” (Editorial, Aug. 11):

Thank goodness someone is speaking out on the subject of the horrors that local Reno residents face year after year during Hot August Nights and other so called “special events.” Because I live near the downtown Reno area, I find myself, year after year, practically barricading myself in afraid to venture out because of the crowds who invade the downtown area on the final Saturday night of the event. These people obviously have nothing to do with the car show. It has just become tradition for them to come to Reno on that night to raise hell, litter the streets, sell their drugs on street corners and wander the streets in gangs while they harass anyone who gets in front of them. As a local, I am sick and tired of it, but I don’t see it ending anytime soon. Our casino industry will never allow it, and we all know how much power they wield here. The inconvenience of residents means nothing to them.

Victoria Smith

Not even to release her?
Re “Hot August Nights sends chills,” (Editorial, Aug. 11):

If Jessica Simpson was nude and chained to a post at First and Virginia streets with the sign “FREE TAKE ONE,” I wouldn’t go to downtown Reno.

John Fisher

Tolerant, respectful and kind
Re “Separate religion and government,” (Letters, Aug. 4):

How sad that D.K. Eggleston is so ignorant of our nation’s history while at the same time desiring to give us a “history lesson.”

He tells us that the ambiguous term “Creator” is found in the Constitution. Actually, it is in the Declaration of Independence. So much for the history lesson. If I could prevail upon Eggleston to read a bit more of the Declaration, we would also find this phrase: “… the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them …” Does Eggleston think that this phrase is ambiguous regarding God?

Another phrase from the Declaration: “… with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence…” suggests that the writers believed that God intervenes in the affairs of men. I think we can be reasonably assured that this was not the god of Islam to which they referred. It probably isn’t Buddha, either. Nor did the Founding Fathers adhere to Hinduism, Taoism or Confucianism.

Yes, it was Christianity. And this is confirmed in the private and public writings and speeches of Washington, Madison, and 150 or so other Founding Fathers.

The Founders were deeply religious; they could be termed “right-wing religious extremists” in today’s parlance. And in their enduring genius they crafted a Constitution from a Christian worldview. Many religions have flourished here because of it. Could that be because Christians are tolerant, respectful and kind people?

Rich Sherlock
Bozeman, Mont.

Render unto Caesar
Re “A contribution to global warming and my own peace of mind,” (Letters, Aug. 4):

Mike Lafferty must surely grow weary of reading this sort of mail, but let me add to the clutter. Once again, I have to ask him if he really believes the stuff he writes, or if he’s just doing his job. Does he actually support tax evasion? Does he actually not see the significance of using more foreign oil than his neighbor?

Again, to the editors: Why do you continue to print this trash? The provocation angle is getting old.

Kirk Wessel
via e-mail

NIMBY and proud
Re “What’s one more casino?” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, July 21):

I am one of those Spanish Springs NIMBYs [Not In My BackYard] you wrote about fighting the Tierra Del Sol casino robber baron development that isn’t quite in my backyard, but is in the backyard of many of my neighbors. For myself, I am about 200 yards from where the casino might be built.

I think your article missed the mark on some of the most important issues surrounding the casino development. I am fighting this thing because housing prices next to casinos are not that great. The average home price in my neighborhood is more than $350,000.

According to a study of Henderson conducted by UNLV, the installation of a casino into a neighborhood will degrade housing prices within a one-mile radius by 4.6 percent. That will whack at least $16,000 off of my nest egg. This one-mile radius involves more than 900 homes.

Another big miss in your article is the fact that the proposed casino development is 350 yards north of the Lazy 5 Regional Park and library. I don’t care how apathetic you are about casinos; you have to acknowledge that this is inappropriate. This park is a big investment by Washoe County, and I am pretty certain that they did not plan to put a casino there. Maybe they should have checked with the city of Sparks.

Roy Adams