Letters for June 23
June 22, 2017
Great breakfast with Minden
It's with great pleasure that I write thanking the Town of Minden and staff for a most delicious free breakfast on June 10. The menu was great, portions were generous, filling and tasty. Once again you've outdone yourselves. You kept the line moving and the area always clean. It's nice to be a part of the friendly Town of Minden.
Thank you so very much.
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Tuesday, while just ordering lunch in Gardnerville, my cell phone rang. Rick Ross, GM at the Topaz Lodge calling me to tell me our neighborhood was on fire.
He inquired about our 2-year-old pug Gizmo (who was home alone and undoubtedly freaking out). Arrangements were made for Mr. Ross and Rich Jorges to enter our house and get the "Giz" and move our vehicles.
Arriving home to a sea of red, green and white trucks with guys in turnouts fighting the fire. Blue and black and white cars blocking our entry.
Upon being allowed access a couple hours later, found our house unscathed. Fire had reached within a couple yards of our propane tank, singeing our pump houses, fence posts and trees.
So many people to thank: East Fork Firefighters, U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, and Antelope Valley FDS, NHP, DCSO, and the bosses at Topaz Lodge.
Thank you so much.
We feel fortunate to have a home, a dog and to be Douglas County residents of 22 years.
Norm and Denise Ziola
Thanks for the support
The Carson Valley Arts Council recently completed its 12th concert season. CVAC works hard to bring outstanding, nationally-known professional performers to our local community. This past year's concerts ranged from classical piano and string quartet to traditional Irish music and dance and Broadway dancers. Four of our performers offered assemblies or workshops with local elementary and high schools, plus the Douglas Senior Center. None of this would be possible without our amazing sponsors, volunteers and CVAC Friends.
A special thanks goes to all of our sponsors of the 2016-17 CVAC Concert Season. Please tell the sponsors that you appreciate their support for the arts in Carson Valley. Sponsors include: Nevada Arts Council, Carson Valley Inn, Record Courier, Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, Big George Ventures, Douglas County, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Carson Valley Visitors Authority, Wa She Shu Casino, COD Casino, Bing Materials, Battle Born Wines, Rowe, Hales, Yturbide, Coffee on Main, Friends of the Carson Valley Arts Council, Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation, Douglas Democrats, Douglas Historical Society, NV Energy Foundation, Wells Fargo Advisors, Carson Valley United Methodist Church, Mary Ann and Ken Crosby, Carson Valley Community Theater, Tom's of Maine, Town of Minden, Town of Gardnerville, Nevada Division of Tourism, Carson Valley Times, and MORE!
Our volunteers are a special part of the CVAC. CVAC is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Carson Valley. We thank each and every one of them for the success of the concert series and all of CVAC's activities.
The Carson Valley Arts Council is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that promotes and supports arts in the community to improve the quality of life in western Nevada. CVAC
is also the designated Local Arts Agency in Douglas County. Our new membership year begins July 1, so visit our website http://www.cvartscouncil.com and become a Friend of CVAC. The 2017-18 Concert Series is now available at our website and sponsors are needed. Your donation may be tax-deductible as allowed by law. If you have any questions, please contact us at 775-782-8207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support of the Carson Valley Arts Council. Please join us as we work to build a "Community … United and Inspired by the Arts!"
CVAC Interim Exectutive Director
Thanks to Sharkey's, 20-30 Club
On behalf of our residents and team members here at Carson Valley Senior Living, we want to give a huge shout-out to the 20/30 Club and Sharkey's Casino.
This was our first trip to the Carson Valley Days Parade and we were sure we had arrived in plenty of time to find a parking spot for our bus. We weren't so lucky. We pulled our bus around Sharkey's full lot and paused in indecision about where to go next when a 20/30 Club Member approached our bus. Thinking we were busted, we were pleasantly surprised when he said they could really use a blockade to the parking entrance. We gladly volunteered our bus.
It was perfect! The wind was blowing, so some of our residents who didn't wish to go outside could sit comfortably in the bus and still see the wonderful parade. Others were happy to sit in the breeze with the bus as a nice wind break. Thank you so very much to those who helped in accommodating our seniors. It's truly what makes our town the very best!
Life Enrichment Director
Carson Valley Senior Living
Trump reckless with future
Our president's withdrawal from the 2015 historic Paris agreement of 200 countries to combat climate change is deeply troubling, when our own military says climate change is a national security issue and endangers our men and women in uniform.
Witnessing Trump's reckless gambling of the safety of our nation by myopically choosing corporate polluters over average Americans AND warnings from our Department of Defense, who call climate change a "threat multiplier" and accelerant of instability, intensifies conditions of potential conflict around the world and fully underscores the urgent need for Nevada's elected officials to lead in reducing our impact on climate change. Department of Homeland security states it's having to respond to an increasing number of climate disasters, which takes away resources from the military's primary mission of ensuring the nation's security from external threats.
We are already witnessing dozens of U.S. Navy facilities threatened by rising sea levels, and infrastructure on bases are increasingly damaged from unprecedented storm surges and downpours. This puts our troops in dangerous and volatile situations and risks military readiness.
If the White House refuses to see that climate change is a clear and present danger to our national security, it will be up to our state and Federal officials to continue execution to protect not only Nevada but our nation and the planet.
Coerced tax money not for charities
President Trump is proposing his first federal budget. Squeals from swamp critters are deafening. Fulfilling a campaign pledge, he'll try what most any former business leader might if elected president: run the government like a business, squeezing out unnecessary fat (Planned Parenthood).
Every year Douglas County commissioners go through an annual board ritual divvying up appropriated General Fund revenues among a myriad of worthy local charities such as Food Closet, Young-at-Heart, Austin's House, Animal Welfare, Suicide Prevention, etc: all noble causes benefitting county residents.
The question is: Do we elect and hire county management to decide what proportion of taxes coerced from taxpayers they should give away, and to whom? Or to maintain our roads, manage our utilities, flooding, and community growth?
Decades ago while an elected congressman, the famed frontiersman Davy Crockett made a speech on the House floor rejecting a bill authorizing a small federal appropriation to the needy widow of a distinguished naval officer.
He pointed out the constitution provided no authority for congress to appropriate tax revenues, then sourced from import tariffs, for private purposes no matter how worthy the cause, and suggested that rich congressmen favoring such appropriation instead donate a week's personal income to the purpose. Following Crockett's speech, that charitable bill was defeated.
Paralleling Davy Crockett's devotion to the proper role of government, county commissioners might consider donning coonskin caps before determining what if any taxes should be appropriated from coerced taxpayer-voters to divvy among organizations requesting such funding.
Many of those same worthy organizations are also beneficiaries of numerous fund-raising efforts by hundreds of county residents volunteering in organizations raising funds for those same local charities. Lions and Kiwanis clubs, 20-30 Club, Rotary, Fortnightly Club are only a few that come to mind. Additionally, many such beneficiaries of such fund-raisers hold fund-raising events of their own.
While not wishing to sound like Scrooge, as I'm sure Davy Crockett didn't either but at least one commissioner thinks I do, doesn't it seem a little grotesque that county government should use its extortion powers to confiscate money from taxpayers under rule of law and serious penalty for non-payment, then assign staff time to prioritize petitions for commissioners who then sit as kings & queens to regally consider staff prioritizations before solemnly amending them according to their own biases? While unable to maintain local county roads? With nary a thought to taxpayer's own financial struggles, nor Davy Crockett's analysis of the constitution.
I just heard the proposed federal budget reduces agriculture department's appropriation by 20 percent.
If Department of Interior takes similar cuts both the Forest Service and BLM might become less authoritarian in their ongoing Nevada persecutions of the Bundy ranch family, or wasting the infinite power and money of government to perpetually appeal court-ordered years-old settlements legally owed to now-demised former Nevada rancher Wayne Hage's estate for malicious government encroachment on Hage's cattle grazing rights.
Who knows, budget reductions might even cause people to again become more important in Washington than endangered species.