Letters for July 3, 2008

Want to help
Re “Will work for … any pay” (Feature story, June 19):

When I picked the RN&R this week, I took a glance at the front cover and could not believe what I was seeing. My heart sank. I feel compelled to help these people. I don’t have much, but I do have enough time and energy to get together with fellow citizens who would like to help and put together some meals and necessities for these people. I’m not even sure if that’s what they need, I just know that I need to do what ever I can to help. I am 27 years old and have never donated my time and energy like this before. That’s very sad. I would like to get involved and help. Any advice on what to do and who to contact would be greatly appreciated. We all need to band together to help the people who can’t help themselves. Who knows, tomorrow it could be someone I know, or even me. Vicki Wagner


A new shooting range
Re “The gun club” (Feature story, July 6, 2006):

Great article. Just a note to let everyone know that there is a new indoor shooting range in Reno. Call for more info or visit www.ShootinandScootin.com.

Kevin Roth

Too subtle?
Re “The race is on” (Editorial, June 12):

Your editorial “hatchet job” on John McCain was not worthy of being printed in the News & Review. It was full of restated half-truths and erroneous information. That’s funny; I didn’t see you giving equal treatment to your obvious choice, Obama.

Matt Feiertag
Carson City

Too sensational?
Re “A popular trailhead is temporarily closed” (Green, June 19):

I frequently picked up your newspaper to check on what’s going on in Reno. I was curious when I saw the front page headline: “President Bush closed your favorite hiking path,” so I read the article. I don’t believe I have ever seen such a disconnect between a headline and the actual article, and I’ve seen some doozies. I know that you have to establish your ultra-liberal credentials before you can get a job at a real newspaper, but this is so ridiculous it’s almost funny. I will not be picking up your so-called newspaper in the future.

Stephen Nugent

Too whiny?
Re “A popular trailhead is temporarily closed” (Green, June 19):

One of the cover teasers on your June 19 issue read, “President Bush closed your favorite hiking path.” That makes it sound as though the president, through sheer mean-spiritedness, specifically decided to close a trail to spite us. This is typical of the senseless distortion of facts found in journalism today. The ensuing article goes on to give valid reasons for closing the trail. Whether you agree with the Healthy Forest initiative or not is one thing, but why that headline? I did not vote for Bush and happen to think he has been a terrible president, but when I read things like that it pushes me to being a Bush sympathizer. There is certainly plenty to criticize him for without nonsense like this. Can’t you just rely on substantive issues without resorting to emotional whining?

Royden Reed

Check out the fires
Re “A popular trailhead is temporarily closed” (Green, June 19):

I grew up and lived most of my life in small towns near Mount Shasta, Calif. Most of the people in these towns were employed in the forest-products industries. Nearly every town had at least one mill, and there were always logging trucks bringing logs from the forests to these mills.

One thing I do not remember are the catastrophic forest fires that have become a regular yearly event since the forests are no longer managed to allow timber harvests. I do remember that there were indeed forest fires, but they were usually small, started in August or September and rarely darkened vast areas of the West with their smoke. I believe that breathing all this smoke from these fires is not a healthy thing for us humans, and there were a lot of good paying jobs lost in small towns in forested areas.

I am hoping that you might assign one of your reporters to objectively investigate our current forest management policies.

Looking back through the haze of time I could be mistaken about the number and areas consumed by then and now. A report on this would be most interesting, especially if it contradicts the popular let-it-burn philosophy now in place.

I really enjoy your paper. I never miss an issue.

John Hunter