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May 28, 2014
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Wheeler perfect for Douglas


Jim Wheeler said at the debate the other night, “I’m not an establishment Republican, if there is any such thing,” he said. “I do pretty much what my constituents want me to do. In Douglas County … it’s not that hard to do, really. Remember your conservative values and you can know what your constituents want most of the time. On the back of my literature is my cell phone, because I think you ought to be able to get a hold of the people who represent you.”

Jim Wheeler is the perfect assemblyman for Douglas County. He has what is probably the best credentials of any assemblyman from Douglas County including James Settelmeyer.

What are those credentials? Rated No. 1 in Northern Nevada by NPRI, the conservative Nevada think tank and government watch dog. No. 1 rating by the ACU, American Conservative Union. No. 1 Conservative in Northern Nevada by Citizen Outreach. And to top that off an “A” Rating by the NRA and NFC, the National Firearms Coalition.

There are so many more examples that show that Jim Wheeler is a man of his word. I trust Jim Wheeler to represent the very conservative Douglas County. You should too.

Given all this, why would anyone even consider changing horses? I like the fact that Jim is not an establishment Republican, and I like the fact that lobbyists do not like Jim Wheeler because he represents us, not them. I like Jim Wheeler because he is a businessman and a proven political conservative.

David Nelson


Wheeler getting lobbyist money


I recently heard that the Wheeler campaign has called into question Robin Reedy’s campaign funding sources. Coincidently, at a Republican meeting I attended this past Wednesday, Mr. Wheeler stated that he would not accept “lobbyist” money.

To satisfy my curiosity about Mr. Wheeler’s claim, I reviewed his past contribution reports which are a matter of public record on the Secretary of State’s website. I found that since Mr. Wheeler won the 2012 primary election for District 39 Assemblyman, he has received over $30,000 from “lobbyists” and political action groups. The contributors include such notables as Comstock Mining, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Realtors, Bally Gaming, Nevada Mining Association, Las Vegas Sands Corp., and several others.

In addition, there are some interesting “repeat names” cited in the report, including one local resident who asked for and got Mr. Wheeler to submit a bill-draft to change a Nevada water law. This resident contributed over $5,000 to Mr. Wheeler. It seems that special interests come in all shapes and sizes.

When you are proud of your conservative associates like Robin Reedy is, you need to ask your ethical friends and family (and yes, lobbyists, too) to share in your vision for making Nevada a better place. When they trust you, they help you. It’s as simple as that.

I urge you to vote Robin Reedy for the AD 39 seat. She is a principled, ethical and experienced fiscal conservative who we can count on to get beneficial results for the tax payers in District 39.

Gary Thompson


Won’t be voting for Wheeler


I was sorry to hear that Jim Wheeler suffered a severe illness recently, then relieved when he was said to be expecting to fully recover. However, I won’t be voting for him to remain our assemblyman. Why? His campaign material contends that he has been voted “most conservative” member of the Nevada legislature by three conservative organizations. This is not something to boast about. We need leadership — people who can get things accomplished — not somebody who just gets more votes than all the rest. Statisticians typically throw out the most extreme results, considering them to be mere anomalies. Let’s throw out Jim Wheeler — get him out of the way of more thoughtful members who have some initiative.

Mark Stirling


Supporting Reedy


I write in support of Robin Reedy for Assembly District 39.

Robin is smart and thoughtful. I’m confident she’ll give thoughtful consideration to complex issues.

Robin is committed to conservative values. She knows how to get things done.

Robin’s experience with the state will make her an especially effective legislator in moving forward the important work of the state and in advocating for her constituents.

I urge you to vote for Robin Reedy.

Sharla Hales


Pierini ignores OHV violators


On his website Ron Pierini claims that he supports senior citizens to live safely in our community. He mentions TRIAD which is a national organization that is focused on improving quality of life for older adults and enhancing delivery of law enforcement services to the elderly.

My firsthand experience calls this claim to question. Mature citizens in certain neighborhoods of Douglas County are being tormented by a small segment of the off-road community. Most off-road enthusiast are law obeying and courteous, but certain individuals feel it is OK to ride their loud dust generating off-highway-vehicles such as dirt bikes and quads on the residential streets and close to homes without any concern for the people that live there.

The loud noises, the dust, the speed at which they travel does not only aggravate residents it also intimidates them with fear — especially the elderly. The lawbreakers who illegally ride on residential streets can be aggressive and respond belligerently when confronted.

My wife and I met with Sheriff Ron Pierini regarding this problem and he is aware that it exists. He said that he sympathizes with the victims but there is nothing he can do. Meanwhile, the senior citizens and all other citizens affected by the law-breaking off-roaders are left to suffer in the dust and the noise.

Prior to Sherif Pierini, the off-roaders riding on the public streets were ticketed. Under Pierini they thrive.

Pierini is proven ineffective and unwilling to address the OHV problem. He claims “safety living in Douglas,” but ignores the dangers illegal off-roaders pose to themselves and others.

Pierini is failing seniors and all those affected by the off-roaders’ dust, noise and safety hazards.

We don’t need a sheriff like Pierini who picks and chooses which laws to enforce and ignores a situation in which law breakers victimize innocent citizens. We need a sheriff who will protect victims from the perpetrators.

This growing problem must now be disclosed to perspective home buyers by sellers and realtors as a nuisance. This will help reduce home values in Douglas, and if not disclosed, new homeowners will sue sellers and realtors.

Pierini is simply not living up to his claims of support for seniors, and he certainly does not strive to deliver enhanced law enforcement services to the elderly. In fact, he’s failing seniors and if re-elected realtors and home sellers will not like the additional disclosure requirements that will make it tougher to sell homes in Douglas.

It’s time for a new sheriff who will support and protect seniors and all citizens by enforcing our laws.

I am sure that the law-breaking OHV operators will vote for Pierini because he is their man. I spoke to Brady and Gyll. Both said that if elected they’d enforce county and state OHV laws. I urge all law obeying citizens to elect a sheriff who will protect us from law breakers by enforcing the laws that we have.

Mark Garic


Save money, keep Pierini


This is one of the good reasons not to change Sheriff Ron Pierini, and it will also save the county some money. Sheriff Pierini has been our commander in Douglas County for the past 16 years. He has another four years to go for 20 years of service. By voting Ron Pierini in for another four years, it will save the county some dollars by not having to change all the sheriff’s stationary and letterhead, that has the sheriff’s name on it. Also we will save the cost of changing the sheriff’s name on all the stations, etc.

This does not amount to much money, but it all adds up for the county’s budget. By voting in Ron Pierini, the county would have four years to adjust the budget to change all materials.

So let’s save the county some money, and vote Ron Pierini for sheriff, folks, just four more years. Sheriff Pierini is still doing an outstanding job, and he runs an outstanding department.

Oh, and by the way. No offense, but Michael Gyll, if you do become sheriff, the goatee will need to go. Sorry, this is how it is in Douglas County.

John Damann


Water customers raise roof


Whooee! Valley water customers descended enmasse to raise a ruckus in the May Valley county commission hearing. Just ‘cause their water rates will be increased about 20 percent over five years. Sewer, too. Why would that excite them?

The protest was about three years late, similar outbursts might have prevented the consolidation of several county water funds into one, causing East Valley residents to be raided to subsidize other higher-water-cost homes mainly in West Valley. Demonstrating once again how a crowd raising the roof can get commissioners’s attention.

Some irate speakers wanted to know why they should have to pay more than double the utility rates the high-density towns and Ranchos pay. Logical question, no? Even then their rates only gradually rebuild a cash reserve for future major repairs and replacement. Currently that cash fund is over $1 million short of asset usage, called depreciation. What kind of assets? Pumps, motors, and other machinery are spread over 5 to 10 years, pipes in the ground 50 years, pump buildings 30 years.

East Valley residents, having the densest population and lowest asset cost per county water customer, is made to subsidize other county residents having much higher utility cost per home. A residential well costs maybe $15,000. East Valley’s water system cost $12,000 per home. Several West Valley systems average $31,000 per resident. Big lots with great views need lots of pipe.

The Valley water system even has $8.5 million in bonds still outstanding, of which almost $6 million is East Valley. Sewer is another $4.4 million. Why? Residents should ask. Utility management and county commissioners serving interests of developers instead of residents is the short answer. Hookup fees set arbitrarily low to attract developers and home-buyers, instead of defraying the actual costs of laying pipe, and then applied as general revenue subsidizing arbitrarily low user rates instead of retiring debt as they should. So now they have both bonds to pay off plus a future replacement fund to factor into user rates at the same time. Shouldn’t happen.

If developers are required to drill wells and build utilities to county standards to the point of hookup into county systems, then dedicate them to the county, what did the county spend $8 million of water customer money on anyway? Residents deserve to know. Commissioners don’t know either. Why should the county ever incur debt to make services available? Bad planning? Keep utility rates low to attract developers, builders, and buyers? A lot of pipe has been put in the ground serving no customers to pay the costs. Let’s hope developers said “thank you.”

Residents who bought lots or homes had no reason to suspect their utility rates were artificially below cost and would be increased in future. They were “bushwhacked.” Commissioner-think is beyond my comprehension.

What all this demonstrates is the overwhelming need for utility oversight advisory committees composed of users, to ask hard questions whenever management wants to spend their money. It’s up to water customers to demand it. Loudly.

Jack Van Dien


Crocodile tears over the VA


For decades veterans have had to wait very long periods for care and action from the Veterans Administration, sometimes in the order of years.

The press and our elected officials did not need in-depth investigation to realize the existence of these delays. Where have they been? Veterans’ groups, the VFW, American Legion, DAV, et al. have repeatedly testified about the problem before numerous Congressional committees. Periodicals published by these groups contain many articles outlining the delays. The VA’s own Inspector General has repeatedly created a large number of in-depth reports describing the problem. If they wanted verification, all they needed to do was walk into any waiting room in any VA hospital and ask veterans about the timeliness of their care. How many requests from veterans for assistance in overcoming these delays have our members of Congress received?

“Cooking the books” to disguise the delays is one matter and should be dealt with. None the less, there are a lot of dedicated, sincere and hard working people in the VA. If they do not have enough resources to meet the need in a timely manner no amount of “investigating,” “brow beating” and punishing cover-ups will help alleviate the backlog. The lack of sufficient funding to meet the demand lies directly at the feet of Congress not the VA.

For years officials have proclaimed, “our veterans have served their country and deserve the best of care.” When the subject of a delay in care arises they feign great indignation and promise immediate corrective action. They declare that the delays are decreasing and that they set goals for the elimination of the delays. Yet, the backlog continually persists. Our Presidents, Congress and the press have had to be aware of the problem for decades. They need to listen to what they have been repeatedly told and already know. They should knock off the crocodile tears, lip service and see to it that the real problem, insufficient funding, is fixed.

Ben Justus


Do homework before voting


Douglas County Primary Election Day is June 10. There is also the federal election later this year. We have all been told that it is our duty as an American to vote. But, it is also our duty as an American to research who we are voting for and what their values, intellect, perhaps previous voting record are. It would be better for all of us if you do not vote if you are just going to look at the ballot and say “Oh, I’ve heard of him or her.” Or, “I guess he or she is pretty good because they have been in office for a very long time.”

I constantly hear people complain about how dysfunctional our government is, and yet they don’t know anything about the people they have voted for. Our country is in very hard times — problems with the veteran’s hospitals, people trying to support families on minimum wage jobs, and so many other problems. If you are not willing to invest the time to help all Americans by becoming informed about whom, why, what our problems are in this country, then please don’t vote.

Linda Koleff


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