Letters for March 3, 2011

Soul growth

Re “On demand” (Filet of Soul, Feb. 10):

I’m from Sacramento and read the Sacramento News & Review. I happened to grab a copy of the Reno version, and I must say that I really liked your commentary on Netflix/VeggieTales. First off, I have Netflix, and I’m glad I do. Much better than cable most of the time and way cheaper. My kids always watch the children’s shows and cartoons. I enjoy the documentaries. But my kids really love VeggieTales and probably have seen every single episode. I do agree the show is very entertaining as well as give a very important spiritual lesson. We need more shows like this. Anyway, I’d like to see a faith-based commentary section more often.

Andre Wallace

At least it’s a job

Re “Fight back” (News, Feb. 24):

Dennis Myers has done a thoughtful, accurate story on the unwarranted attacks on public sector employees. However, there is an ancillary issue that I would like to address, that of the contracts that local governments and school districts negotiate with their employee associations. There are two sides to negotiating a labor contract, and it demands good negotiating skills by both parties. So perhaps one should also look to local government officials who have to approve the final labor contracts and are responsible for contract compliance. Remember state employees do not have collective bargaining rights, and Nevada is a right to work state. Myers is correct when he says that the state may not be able to do its legally mandated work if it can’t attract and keep educated, well-trained employees. I think we may well see a brain drain of highly educated, skilled public sector employees who work for state and local governments, or are teachers in school districts and higher education. Who wants to work for a state that is rapidly becoming a banana republic, has no respect for its public employees, and turns its back on funding basic services and education?

Martha Gould

All the poop

Re “Thunder down under” (Feature story, Feb. 17):

In the deepest recesses of RN&R lore and mystique, there can’t be a more passionately researched story written with as much “punched in the face” realism as “Thunder down under.” Although the mental picture of Mr. Bynum wrestling the spigot into his asshole has scarred me for life, I am much the better … and no, the spigot thing isn’t as hard as other research seems to indicate. On a side note, wouldn’t “The Braying of an Ass” been a better title for the piece?

Christopher Papaleo

Editor’s note: LOL

That’s fit to print

Re “Thunder down under” (Feature story, Feb. 17):

Very funny! Great story. I saw everything, now I can say that I know your poop.

Olivia Laloca

Grow sugar beets, too

It’s time for us all to contemplate becoming seriously self-sufficient.

If you can make your own meals, you will do that cheaper and more healthily than eating out.

You can bake your own bread for a fraction of store bought, and use that oven heat to help warm your home. And, you’ll know exactly what’s in it.

If you drink, you can easily make your own wines and beers. The government allows up to 200 legal gallons per year per adult.

My homemade wines cost about $4 a gallon, or $1 a quart. If left to age, it’s actually quite good.

A garden this year will save you some bucks on your food bill, especially with speculative commodities trading gurus gaining quick and deductible daily fat and wicked obscene profits.

Get some chickens. Raise rabbits. Ride your bike. Learn canning. Cook solar.

We’re in a world of hurt shortly, kids; with our just-in-time illusory distribution systems and the axiom that the more complex a system is, the greater chance of systemic failure. We should beware.

Wise up, folks, this Terrible Depression is coming to your theater soon, and you’d best be prepared. It ain’t gettin’ better anytime soon.

Good luck with that corporate economy thingy and your two-party TV politics.

There is no compassion or humanity in the Fux News corporate credo.


No survivors other than the 1 percent elite.

And then, they won’t last long either, tho’ they don’t know that … yet.

Eat the rich.

Craig Bergland

You don’t say

Re “Accepted norm” (News, Feb. 17):

The Nevada Ethics Commission’s decision to clear Washoe District Attorney Dick Gammick, together with his perpetual reelection, just tells me who lives here and what they are made of.

John Fisher

The heat is on

Re “Infrared fever” (Health guide, Feb. 17):

Thanks Reno News & Review for having excellent employees who really care about Renoites. I appreciate your article. I hope it brings in some new business for you and me!

Diane Underwood

The poop scoop

Re “Thunder down under” (Feature story, Feb. 17):

This author seems very cool and authentic and deserves a lot of credit for undergoing this experience and sharing it. However, it’s worth noting for readers that the system he used is not registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a class 2 colon hydrotherapy device and shouldn’t properly be referred to as a colon hydrotherapy device. It’s a class 1 device, and it is not proper to refer to it as an “open” system because that terminology applies only to class 2 devices. The FDA classifies this system as an enema kit, even though it’s more complicated than a typical enema kit.

Colonics and enemas are not the same, even though the person who assisted the author talks like she’s a colonic therapist. It’s also worth noting that inspection of effluence as described in this article is not an accepted practice for colon hydrotherapists and devices registered with the FDA as class 2 colon hydrotherapy devices do not allow for this practice—effluence flows directly to a sewage system and cannot be collected into an open tank.

Ron Leon
Lighten Up Health Center
Newport Beach, Calif.

Nutless wonders

Re “Cowards in charge” (Editorial, Feb. 24):

Your editorial trotted out the same arguments for creating new revenue sources that regular Nevadans have been making in the different social circles in which I travel.

But as you pointed out, our elected officials are loath to embrace legalizing and taxing marijuana or gay marriage; or legalizing prostitution in urban areas and taxing it—or even taxing the industry as it exists.

To me, this lack of action—coupled with U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s recommendation to outlaw brothels—signal the true end of Nevada’s independent spirit. “Maverick State?” We are now “the Gelding State.”

Mike Sion