Letters for December 26, 2013

Forward thinking

Now is about the time when news organizations produce filler copy to take the place of real news [editor’s note: or run really long letters], so that everyone can take more time off for Christmas. Those sorts of editions are just a rehash of the main headlines from the nearly completed year. Pretty lame stuff, especially with regard to 2013.

I want to offer you an alternative to that backward looking approach.

Challenge your readers to describe what we all can do in 2014 to make this a better place to live. Here are some examples (in no particular order) that you are welcome to use with or without attribution, as you wish:

When you are out shopping, put the carts in the cart corrals. No, the curb does not count. If there is no cart corral, take the time to walk the cart back to where it belongs at the store. Taking shopping carts from stores means that we all must pay higher prices to replace all of the stolen carts (some cost over $400). If you walk to the store and back, buy a pull behind cart for yourself to use. We will have a cleaner community and lower prices at the stores.

Buy locally as much as possible. Dollars spent locally have a multiplying effect on the local economy that just can’t be matched when you buy from the big corporate stores.

Take a look at where the products come from. Try harder to buy Made in the USA goods. When you find goods from Communist China, return the item to the shelves, with the, Made in China label facing outwards to warn other shoppers.

Teach children and others to put things back where they belong. This applies to shops, schools, work and the home.

We have a lot of new immigrants here. Our borders are like a sieve, and the current government will do nothing to stop the invasion. Our only alternative is to help teach these new residents how to be good Nevadans. Help start citizenship classes through work, school and your church. However, the best way to teach good citizenship is by your own example.

Never leave litter anywhere—not on the ground, on store shelves, not anywhere. Always take the time to find a trash can and use it. Speak up when you see others littering and explain how this hurts our community and drives away jobs.

Stop running red lights. Speeding up as a yellow light changes not only places you at risk, you could kill someone’s father, mother or child.

No matter how eager for it to be your turn, do not cut in lines, don’t butt into other conversations and if something truly is threatening life or limb, preface your interruption with, “excuse me.”

Smile more, look your fellow citizen in the eye and say, “howdy.” Howdy is a great, universal greeting. You don’t even need to know what time it is, as you do for good morning, good afternoon or good night.

There should be giant alarms over every restroom door that would sound an alarm every time someone exits without washing their hands. Seriously, folks, we can dramatically reduce the amount and severity of most disease, by thoroughly washing our paws every time we use the restroom. Add thorough hand washing to covering coughs and sneezes with a handkerchief (or at least your sleeve), and we will greatly reduce the spread of many common diseases.

While we are thinking about public restrooms, etching initials into the mirrors makes only one kind of name for you, STUPID! If you want people to know your name, or know where you are from, then do something noteworthy for this community, so that people will recall your name for the good that you have done. Make that your goal; to do such good work here that your name will be lauded on street names, buildings, parks and in the hearts of your fellow citizens. Graffiti and other vandalism just means that you are a moron.

We all want a bustling, successful business community, but we also want clean, quiet and friendly neighborhoods. We can make cleaner neighborhoods by starting beautification projects that involve young people and newcomers, thereby teaching pride in each of our neighborhoods. We can have more peace by taking barking dogs inside, or better still, opting not to own one of those yappy nuisances. Car entry devices can be set on silent entry and exit. You needn’t announce to everyone when you come and go. By the way the beep, honk or chirp, sometimes sounds, but the door locks did not engage. With silent entry, you can actually hear the doors all lock.

Let this be the year that you make your voice be heard by our elected representatives! Join and contribute to a political campaign. Work hard to throw every incumbent out of office. The folks who held office in 2013, clearly did not work on your behalf. Everything continues to decline, except the cost of living and taxes, so throw them out. Throw the bums out!

Throughout the upcoming campaign season, the first question that we must ask every candidate is, “What have you done so far and what will you do, to enhance our liberty?”

For the few who feel you have been wronged by someone, and you have exhausted all legal remedies, the right answer is not to shoot your enemies, then dutifully shoot yourself as soon as some armed responder arrives. The right approach is show that you have the power to forgive the transgression. At the very least, resolve to learn from that bad experience, and go forward with your life, living in such an exemplary honorable, prosperous way, that the offense by your enemy will become terribly small by comparison.

I am sure that your team and our fellow citizens will come up with many other valuable suggestions. This is just a start to help us look forward and to try and become a better community in 2014.

J. Tyler Ballance


Pay to play

Re “Some nukes is good nukes” (Let Freedom Ring, Dec. 19):

Having lost a parent from direct Iodine-131 exposure (resulting in terminal leukemia 19 years following her work as a WAC assigned to the Corps of Engineers working on the Manhattan Project based at Hanford, Wash., in 1945, processing the plutonium for the Nagasaki bomb), I speak with some familial consequence/experience regarding nuclear power and nuclear energy. Folks say we have so much new knowledge now on how to deal with the waste—oops. How’s that working out at Hanford, a site from 68-plus years ago? It’s the No. 1 or 2 superfund site with a radioactive hydrogen plume headed for the Columbia River. What do we do with the waste from nuclear energy? Is any other question necessary?

On the other hand, if Nevada (my home state) is to become the nuclear repository, [Nevadans should] study carefully the Alaska Permanent Fund. I fly airplanes up there for a living. Wouldn’t it be nice if every citizen of the state of Nevada who had been a resident of this state for two or more years got a cut—maybe $2,000 a year or more of the money coming into this state from the “service”we do for our country and the huge capitalism involved in this industry?

Jody Everett Peterson

Carson City