Letters for March 13, 2008

Gun rights
Re “'Stop or I’ll toot’ is not safe for women” (Know You’re Right, Feb. 28):

I want to applaud your running of Amanda Williams’ column that suggested that the presence of armed citizens would be a deterrent to crime.

Far too often, this topic is the opportunity for inflammatory rhetoric and irresponsible slurs towards the most responsible among us: the holders of concealed carry permits.

Simply put, the right to keep and bear arms is not a “need;” it’s a right. Such has been the case since this republic was founded. Those wishing to limit this right are the ones trying to change the accepted norm. Maybe that’s why the gun-control crowd is so ready to smear those who do not share their views.

Colleges like to believe that they are training tomorrow’s leaders. Yet, they are administered as if their customers are but children—something that is patently not true. Indeed, even as to this specific topic, many of the student body have more than proven their individual competence and wisdom.

While one might argue that the specifics of the Brianna Denison murder make this issue irrelevant to her case, such a view is countered by two facts: 1) The availability of a firearm may have helped in related assaults; and, 2) The very idea that the intended victim might be armed has been shown, many times, to be an effective means to prevent a crime from even being attempted.

John Steinke
via email

Sick bottom line
Re “'Fired for cancer?” (Feature story, March 6):

After reading the heartbreaking story of Laura Denton’s experience with a local hospital, I felt another explanation should be told. I worked at a wonderful hospital in California for 19 years as a staff nurse. The hospital was owned and operated as a District Hospital, meaning it was owned and operated by the district it served. The mission of that hospital was to serve the employees as well as the patients. Then along came Catholic Healthcare West. They started buying up many of the peninsula hospitals. As time went by, the rumor was out they were after the hospital I was employed at. Sure enough, the purchase of that hospital was in progress. During that process, we witnessed many longtime employees being replaced with “new hires,” many were in administrative positions. The whole atmosphere had changed. It seemed “out with the old and in with the new.” It would seem to me that the Laura Denton story sounds all too familiar with the policies of Catholic Healthcare West. Longtime employees cost too much with benefits included. Their “mission” is to identify, replace and protect the bottom line. She’s correct in questioning her religion; we all did the same thing, too. God Bless you Laura, because CHW won’t. She deserves better.

Larry Goldsmith
Reno

Like the columnists
I may be in the minority here, but I appreciate your two new columnists a great deal. I have always enjoyed Cory Farley, and I’m glad to see him again. Amanda Williams’ column is readable and intelligently presented without the constant name calling of the previous columnist. I’ve only read two of her columns so far and have agreed with both (guns and political qualifications). I have started picking up your paper on a more regular basis specifically because of these two individuals. Having these two has, for me, greatly increased the quality of your newspaper. Thank you.

Phil Matheny
Sparks

Beware the others
Re “Home is in session” (News, Feb. 28):

What a wonderful article about home schooling. It presents all the facts, with research supported information on how home schoolers are doing well in the academic arena and how much money they save society. And then suddenly, there appears a negative connotation about socialization. And your reference is “others” do not agree about socialization. Who are these mysterious “others"? And why are their opinions relevant to this? All children are different, whether home schooled or public schooled. I wonder how many public schooled children are not able to cope socially starting from kindergarten. Can anyone say Columbine? This is not a fact or even a relevant bit of information. What’s annoying is this bit of “information” always has to be added to anything pertaining to home schooling, and it puts that seed of doubt in unknowing people’s minds. It is the biggest inaccuracy about home schooling. Why would you insert this? Let’s be clear on references, not use the elusive “they say” or “others say.”

Crystal Navarro
Carson City

So true

Re “Drinking good in the neighborhood” (Bars & Clubs, March 6):

Please dear lord, do not call the area around West First and West streets “WeFi.” It is not pretentious; it’s friggin dumbass. It sounds like an imbecile trying to pronounce WiFi. Just when Reno was looking good with a great downtown nightlife scene, you have to ruin it by jumping on this idiotic bandwagon of goofball, Calimmigrants-with-inferiority-complexes who are trying to make Reno something it’s not. I’m glad this is not California or Manhattan.

Ed Park
via email