Letters for August 2, 2012

What goes around

Re “Recorded history” (Feature story, July 26):

Mr. Paul Doege may not remember me, but he stepped up back in ’93 and allowed my album The Line-Don’t cross it to be sold in his store after Reno police pressured Mirabelli’s to pull the album off the shelf. He also donated half of the sales proceeds to the Reno police. I haven’t forgotten, and I’m happy to see he’s doing well.

Gary Orlando Mason

But are there tattoo shops?

Re “One vision for downtown” (Editorial, July 19):

I agree with your editorial and wanted to use downtown Santa Monica as an example. I moved to Los Angeles in 1980. I lived on the west side near the ocean. In Santa Monica, Third Street looked a lot like Virginia Street. Lots of empty buildings. It was very underwhelming until around 1989 when a bond issue provided funds to turn Third Street into the Third Street Promenade. They closed off the street to traffic and turned it into a pedestrian mall. It is now filled with restaurants with patios, bookstores, coffee shops, movie theaters and lots of interesting shops with plenty of seating to sit and people-watch. We here in Reno have the bones already in place to form our own pedestrian mall, as you suggested. As they said in Field of Dreams: “Build it and they will come.”

Craig Pointes

Only with a permit

A couple of weeks ago, one could go watch a free movie Friday or Saturday night at the river pavilion, minus any visible presence of security guards.

Now, suddenly, ESI security is there asking people to submit to searches of their backpacks? I was there Friday the 20th, and a security guard asked me if I had any guns in my backpack, I said no. He still wanted to search it. Whatever happened to the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable search and seizure? Has everyone forgotten about this right? The sudden presence of ESI is no doubt because of what just happened in Aurora, Colo. However, it is still within the law to carry concealed weapons in Nevada. The Fourth Amendment prohibits ESI from asking and even conducting searches of backpacks. If I own a gun, I do not have to tell anyone with the exception of law enforcement, which ESI definitely is NOT!

I do not own a gun. Ultimately, it can cause more problems than it is worth. Guns are for pussies like George Zimmerman too lazy to learn how to defend themselves. If one must own a gun, then one must learn to shoot to disable instead of kill. I have been mugged at 2 a.m. in downtown Reno, but I still refuse to surrender to living in fear and running off to purchase a gun. If I had a concealed carry permit, I am not going to throw away that privilege by acting the fool.

If someone wants to shoot indiscriminately into a public movie showing at Artown, then the ESI guards guarding the bridges will be safe, some of us will be wounded, some of us might starting shooting if we have guns, and some of us might rush the gunman and beat the living daylights out of him after what happened in Aurora, and the ESI guards will still be safe up on the bridges.

Yesterday, in a local coffee shop, I saw a customer walk in with a holstered gun on their hip. This person had no badges I could see, but this person was professional and very friendly. I applaud this person for not giving into the paranoia currently overtaking the country because of an isolated incident, for having the courage to wear it openly instead of hiding it.

Chris Granger

Editor’s note: As an occasional CCW holder, I will mention that it is decidedly illegal to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.

Nobody drinks on X, moron

Re “Drug tests” (Feature story, July 8, 2010):

“Having had some experience with Ecstasy, I picked up a 12 pack of Corona Light.” I created an account on this website I’ll probably never visit again to tell you that you’re a moron. Drinking on MDMA is the reason why people die on it, defaming a wonderful drug that can be used responsibly. Also, assuming that your bath salts were Mephedrone was a silly mistake. If you were serious about what you were doing and not just writing for shock value, you would have reagent tested your product. It’s probable that you ingested a cocktail of drugs possibly including mephedrone; however, Methylone (bk-MDMA) and MDPV could have been part of the mixture as well. Those drugs are listed in descending order of pleasance. From the experience you described, I’m almost certain the majority of your dose was not Mephedrone. You had a mildly clever idea for an article, and an irritatingly stupid way of executing it.

Ernest Cortez
Los Angeles, Calif.

Where are you?

Re “Are you there God? It’s me, Jake.” (Feature story, June 28):

The great flaw Mr. Highton makes throughout this article is to equate the imperfections of those who profess to be Christian with Christianity itself. Any true Christian must acknowledge his own imperfections and sin; we are beings of a dual nature, that of the natural and of the eternal, and the one is against the other. This is simple Bible truth. The sum of the Christian faith is not to be found in its people; we should, indeed, live up to its precepts and doctrines as closely as possible, and we often fail, but it is found in the Savior and His word. Due to the short space I am allowed, I can’t give a detailed answer to this biased, straw-argument-filled diatribe, but if you are looking to men to find God, as the song says, you’re looking in all the wrong places.

Mike Reed
Herlong, Calif.

You’re wrong, again

Re “Action figure” (Feature story, July 19):

In 2002, Mayor Jeff Griffin was not “stepping down.” He had every intention of running again. He decided not to run shortly after Bob Cashell entered the race. And Cashell didn’t “nearly lose.” He ran against Mike Robinson and won pretty handily.

Mark Curtis

Editor’s note: With all the establishment support behind him and most of the money, Cashell’s margin was 53 -47 percent, prompting considerable surprise.

You’re right, again

Re “One vision for downtown” (Editorial, July 19):

Wow, two weeks in a row I managed to be in agreement with your editorial. There is no doubt in my mind that if the City Council and the various businesses were to apply the suggestions made in the editorial, then the downtown would be rejuvenated. A pedestrian mall on Virginia Street would get upscale businesses to populate the corridor and would benefit the casinos as well as the businesses that would venture the risk of relocating downtown. The examples given in the editorial certainly would give a most positive impression of Reno nationwide. The casinos have the money to promote events with greater frequency, and the more people come downtown the more these businesses would benefit. We are an eight-hour drive from Los Angeles, or a direct flight of less than two hours, less than four hours driving time from San Francisco, or a flight of less than one hour. The same is true of many other West Coast cities that would be a market for Reno as they once were. Perhaps it’s time for a general marketing meeting for businesses to offer their suggestions for a focused exchange of ideas for such a plan. Reno must no longer play second fiddle to Las Vegas. There need to be entertainment events on a weekly basis year round. We have the necessary stage venues in Reno, let’s get to work and stop the woe-is-me attitude of so many businesses. During a downturn in business, the only way to change it is to sell your way out of the slow times by offering a reason to come to Reno.

Fred Speckmann