Letters for December 6, 2018

Housing, lack of

Re “Downward housing spiral amid prosperity” (Left Foot Forward, Nov. 29):

LYFE Recovery currently has a very effective program in collaboration with United Health Care, MyConnections program. We currently house 18 previously homeless individuals and could house many more at a fraction of the cost the city spends trying to clean up after them out on the streets.

The savings are in the $100,000s so far in Medicaid spending alone in just eight months.

While the city shuffles people from shelter to shelter, we are housing people, who then become stabilized, acquiring employment, going back to school, participating in vocactional rehabilitation.

We have operated in the city since January 2017, have brought the idea to many, including all city council members and the mayor, but none of them have shown any real interest, so we have gone on to operate without support, but very high efficacy.

Stacey Payne


Fictional version of Queen

Re “Bites the dust” (Film, Nov. 8):

I feel as though you may have misunderstood the point of the film [Bohemian Rhapsody]. You are focusing primarily on the accuracy of timing throughout the film, which was not what was meant to be focused on.

Freddie’s bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor were involved in the making of the film, and, obviously, they knew the real time frames of everything that happened and could have had the movie changed, but let it be in order to make sure the movie continued moving along.

As for the fact that the movie was made to be PG-13, Brian and Roger wanted the film to focus more on the music and Freddie’s feelings rather than highlighting the other aspects of his life that were often discussed in the media. In regards to the dramatization of Freddie’s relationship with Mary, I agree that it was a bit dramatic, but after all, it is a “tribute” movie and not a documentary.

I do agree that the scenes that were not accurate to Freddie’s real life (such as selling the van for studio time and how he met Jim) should have been more true to life, but overall I think the movie was very well done. I do wish that the movie could have been a little more true to life.

However, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if you are interested in watching a completely accurate depiction of Freddie’s life, many documentaries are available for your viewing pleasure.

Vanessa Charles

Via email

Hug problems

Re “Out of school” (cover story, Sept. 6):

My children went to Hug High School years ago. They are in their 40s and 50s now. If you don’t have a good support system, you won’t have a good school. With the current principal “who swears like a sailor,” that doesn’t set a good example.

Lauren Ford definitely should be removed from Washoe County’s public school system. She obviously can’t manage the students at Hug, nor the other personnel in the school. She is vulgar.

I think Mrs. Olsen is getting a raw deal. We need whistle blowers to fix the problems and we need competent leadership.

Helen Howe

Lemmon Valley

Dialectic guy

Many who read Asimov’s “Foundation trilogy”—which finally became a “heptalogy”—feel the urge to actualize, on Earth’s single-planetary scale, the mathematics of psychohistory that Asimov fictionally invoked for the galactic scale. One group that felt this urge has worked out a system of seven psychohistorical dialectical equations, using a new mathematics of their discovery, that represents a beginning for the construction of a predictive psychohistorical mathematical model for and in the real world.

That group published their work via www.dialectics.org. I have become one of them.

Miguel Deton

Terminous, Calif.