Letters for February 19, 2015
A horse of a different color
Re “Buck wild” (Green, Feb. 5):
Good for you! You showed some moral courage to stand up and do what you did. Too many people today are herded around like so many domesticated cows and then led to the slaughter just like the cows are in one way or another. The wild horses in the wild are everything that is good in this world today. They restore the life community. They are healing presences. Thank you so much for standing up for them!
When they’re gone
Re “Buck wild” (Green, Feb. 5):
Seems to me the Bundys were more extreme than these little women were or would ever be. When is BLM ever going to come clean and admit they are working to exterminate the horses to make room for more privately owned cattle?
Truth or Consequences, N.M.
As a University of Nevada, Reno student, the proposed bill permitting of campus carry at universities and child-care facilities is not only terrifying, but a recipe for disaster. As of now, I consider the UNR campus as a very safe place, but, like any college campus, it is an environment where hundreds of potentially unstable people spend their day. If this bill were to pass, our campus will turn from a place of safety into a danger zone. Time has reported that a trained police officer hits his or her target only 18 percent of the time during a gunfight. Now, imagine how poor the accuracy of an untrained person might be. In addition to the extremely high likelihood for accidents or misfires, in a rare emergency situation the unpredictability of armed students would worsen the situation and lead to more casualties. Even with the intention to help and protect, allowing students and employees to be armed would further escalate a dangerous situation. If violence is fought with violence the campus will become a war zone. I urge my fellow students, community members, and concerned citizens to contact their legislators and fight for our right to succeed in a safe, gun-free environment.
Call your legislator
My name is Kayla, and to hear that campus carry is even an option is shocking. As a UNR student, I’ve come to realize lives can be put in even more danger when anyone can have a gun on campus. Legislators need to reject the bill; it does nothing, but has the ability to cause more incidents to happen. If everyone had the right to carry a gun on campus, the chance for more tragedy would increase, whether it’s a huge shooting or even a gun being dropped and shooting someone. People say, “It will be for protection,” but you have a higher chance of your gun being used against you than using it to protect yourself. Guns need to be nowhere near any type of school, daycare, high school or college. As a citizen with a voice, we need to reject campus carry!
Not voting has consequences
As a retired teacher, mother and grandmother, I am very opposed to the passage of AB2, which would allow carry-on weapons on school campuses. Allowing carry-on weapons on school campuses increases, rather than decreases, the likelihood that deranged and unstable individuals will use weapons in destructive ways. It is also a fact that the availability of guns results in more violence rather than less. Also, placing weapons in the hands of untrained individuals in emergency situations may result in the injuring or killing of other innocent students. I encourage you to join me in opposing AB2 because it endangers more students than it protects. Schools should be gun free zones, and children should feel safe on school campuses. I urge our legislators to vote against this bill, and I urge all your readers to contact your legislators and request that he/she also vote “NO” on AB2.
It’s all public
Re “You will be hacked” (Feature story, Feb. 12):
Welcome to the 21st century where personal data can be plucked like succulent low-hanging fruit, and it’s no longer a matter of if we will get hacked, but when. According to FBI Director James Comey, “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who’ve been hacked … and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked.”
What’s become so frustrating with all these data breeches is how slow and seemingly incompetent and cavalier companies appear when dealing with them. And, not only do we have to worry about our identity and credit/debit cards being compromised, there is the equally worrying concern of someone hacking into our medical files. What about that tax refund you never received? It probably wound up in someone else’s pocket when they falsely filed your return.
There is no such thing as personal privacy anymore. Our entire lives are online, thanks in part to our own doing. However, if we try to remove what is deemed “public” information—name, previous addresses and cities, age, etc.—some sites require proof of identity. Ludicrous!
I, for one, refuse to feed that trend more than I have to. I shop local whenever possible, use my credit card sparingly and question every time a business asks for my social security number. I save receipts, monitor personal accounts regularly and alert my credit card companies when I plan to be out of town. I’ve also become a bit paranoid.
Since we are such a litigious society, filing lawsuits, as indicated in the article, may be the only way to get companies to take notice. Or, we can wait until someone hacks into a missile or nuclear weapons site and annihilates the earth. Now, that’s a comforting thought.
Re “No Fair” (Feature story, Feb. 11):
Once again it’s clear: Dennis Myers is one of the few journalists working in Nevada who knows his stuff. Is anyone in Carson City paying attention? It’s been clear to me for years that Myers knows more about Nevada’s failed tax systems than any elected official in the State Legislature. His recent cover story proves the case again. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that no legislator in Carson City possesses the common sense or courage to fix a broken system. We must hit the “reset” button on our failed and failing tax structure. Democrats and Republicans alike share the blame for session after session of allowing lobbyists to govern. The bigger picture is that these folks whom we elect stand helpless in the face of a biennual 120 day session, yet again they seem to lack the courage or common sense to say so publicly. The only true “reform” of Nevada’s tax system that will create the changes we need must involve shredding the current system entirely and starting from a blank slate. Gov. Sandoval should at least respond publicly to the Tax Foundation report cited in Myers’ article. And legislators ought to cancel a few of their meetings with lobbyists in order to use the time to read the report.