Letters for October 17, 2019


Re “Shut down hate” (Editorial, Oct. 10):

I appreciated your editorial “Shut down hate,” for both its substance and its punctuation: “On Monday, some students at the University of Nevada, Reno, gathered to listen … “ Most of the time the comma after “Reno” is left out. Being of the old school, where both grammar and punctuation were drilled into us (I'm going on 82), I trip over, and am annoyed by, the common—almost universal—elimination of the second comma. This time, I sat back and thoroughly enjoyed good writing. Thank you!

Carolyn Allfree


A different perspective

Re “Shut down hate” (Editorial, Oct. 10):

The simple-minded left is wearing the race card out. Your editorial completely ignores Candice Owens. But then, that wouldn't fit your narrative, would it? It sounds more to me that you are expounding the hate speech.

Stephen Bloyd

Carson City

Calling all Nevadans

Re “Bombshells” (Left foot forward, Oct. 3):

Thanks to Shelia Leslie for sounding the alarm about the military's plan to take over more of our public lands and shut out the people. Currently 4.23 million acres of Nevada's public lands are withdrawn for national defense. That is more total acres than any other state. The 4.23 million acres of Nevada closed to the public is more acreage than the combined total of military lands in 42 other states, including the states of Alaska and Texas. The proposed military expansion in Nevada threatens valuable wildlife habitat, cultural resources sacred to Native Americans, and will deny access to public lands for all people. I will call Congressman Amodei as Ms. Leslie encouraged, but I will also call my two U.S. Senators, Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, to tell them this voter has had it with the military overreach in Nevada. I urge other readers to do the same.

Kirk Peterson


Best sleep ever

Best of Northern Nevada 2019, same as last year, the year before, the year before. … Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

John Fisher


From the driver’s seat

Re “Slow your roll” (Editorial, Sept. 19):

I agree that pedestrian deaths are a problem. What was missing in your editorial was an explanation of Nevada's pedestrian/crosswalk law, NRS 484B.283. Particularly, sub section 1(b): “A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.” The rules at Section 283 are clearly stated. Vehicles are only required to stop if a person is in the crosswalk. Pedestrians cannot force a vehicle into stopping by getting into the crosswalk. If a vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk, no other vehicle may overtake from the same direction or pass from another direction, if there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk. You Peppermill employees crossing Lymberry who jump in front of moving vehicles and then leave the crosswalk when halfway across the street: The day is coming when you won't have a leg to stand on. (If too long, cut something from Craig Bergland's weekly letter to the editor. Or, let's go a week without hearing from him.)

MG Krebs



Re “Fall movie guide” (Feature, Oct. 10):

In last week's issue, we neglected to credit Mike Grimm for his illustrations on the cover of the paper and in our feature, the annual fall movie preview. We regret this mistake.

Movie buff

Re “Fall movie guide” (Feature, Oct. 10):

As someone obsessed with my own cleverness, I thought I'd compose a witty capsule of Bob Grimm's Fall preview that doesn't actually contain any information about the Fall preview column. This should echo most readers' experience if they were actually looking for information about forthcoming movies from his column.

If anyone needs me later, I'll be jerking off into a plant. WRITERS HONEST ASIDE: The previous sentence is a lie and just an unbelievably smarmy way to reference a specific movie summary entirely void of information.

I'll actually be bathing in my own brilliance or composing such a clever letter.

Don Claybaugh