Letters for June 2, 2005

Great bridge story
Re “Troubled bridge over water,” (Cover story, May 26):

Thank you very much for running the article on the Virginia Street Bridge. Mr. Myers did a wonderful job of researching the issues, and wrote an interesting and factual story on one of Reno’s most important historical resources.

As a native of Reno, and a person who is interested in saving what historical resources are left in our city, I truly appreciate the fact that your newspaper will report on issues such as this.

Sally Crawford Ramm

Two treasures
Re “Troubled bridge over water,” (Cover story, May 26):

Dennis Myers’ cover story, “Troubled bridge over water,” revealed two unsung Reno treasures:

1) The once-storied span at our city’s spiritual center.

2) Reporter Myers, whose affection for, and institutional memory of, our community is invaluable to us for whom Reno is home—not a way station, and not a real estate market comparable to the SF Bay Area East.

Michael Sion

Remove the bridge
Re “Troubled bridge over water,” (Cover story, May 26):

The divorcées’ bridge reminds me of my fictional visit to my shrink. She said, “I think you are crazy,” and I replied, “I think I will get a second opinion.” “OK, you’re ugly, also,” she responded.

It would be crazy to save this ugly bridge that, along with others, causes much devastation during floods. Modern artistic technology could create countless beautiful alternatives.

Walden Joura

Find the middle
Re “Robin Hood was just a Commie” and “View from the sea,” (Right Hook and View From the Fray, May 19 and May 26):

Take a look at the voter registration in Nevada, and you’ll notice a large and growing number of voters not picking a party affiliation. As much as the media tries to show a nation polarized, the truth is most people consider themselves moderates and don’t want to be spoon-fed their beliefs by either political party.

Now let’s take a look at the opinion writers in this newspaper, stereotypical old guard “left vs. right” hacks. These two spew tired echoes from their favorite demagogues.

I have access to C-Span, NPR and FOX news already, why do you publish this parroted claptrap?

View From the Fray gives an article on how SUV-driving soccer moms are the scourges of the earth. The next week, she phones in an article written en route to vacation. But the author did manage to press some favorite hot buttons, open-space and sweatshops. Very insightful. I could have put together an article like that by picking bumper strips out of a hat.

Right Hook gives a verbatim regurgitation of the talking points about activist judges. Then he follows that with an article about taxes in May, nice timing. I especially like bringing up the specter of commies; also very timely—what century is this again? Underscoring his point on taxation by quoting a governor from a state so far in debt its fire departments have been downsized proves his blind faith in whatever his party says.

Maybe next week she can take a swipe at Tom De Lay, while he bashes Hillary. That would really broaden my horizons.

What I’d really like to say is, can we please have a view from the middle? If you’re a true centrist, like myself, you actually have to think about a topic rather than just being contrary to your adversary.

Can someone be against the death penalty and abortion at the same time? Or for both? Believe it or not, things like that can happen, and should, in a free-thinking society.

Some on the far ends of the spectrum might consider a fence-sitter someone who can’t commit to an ideal, where I think the fence-sitter has the luxury of seeing what’s happening on either side of the divide.

Please give us more than the push-me-pull-you two headed beast that is trying to rip this country apart. Give us some insightful, thought-provoking journalism. If your paper broke free from the duality that we already get from so many other sources, it could be truly free press—the very first right granted Americans.

Lars Petersen
via e-mail

False alarm
Re “Surprising opinion” and “For our sake? What’s that supposed to mean?” (Letters, May 26):

The world is going to straight to hell and all these dancers have to do with their time is attack one person’s opinions and insert their own? Where do they get their information? Nancie Kay Shuman even says she’s a “professional belly dancer,” but “we don’t know a great deal about the actual origins of our dance.” I was, frankly, quite offended by the racist suggestion that if a Middle Eastern person was offended by your belly-dancer story they would do you some violence.

Mark Miller
via e-mail