Letters for March 8, 2017
When will roads be fixed?
When are our roads going to get repaired? The 2017 5-year transportation plan that will be approved by our County Board at their March 16, 2017, meeting at the Lake has placed priority on Jacks Valley Road from Alpine View to James Canyon. The contract is to be awarded in the Spring of 2017, and the construction is to be completed in the Summer of 2017. Notwithstanding the recent bare minimum patching that was done last week, this road definitely needs to be repaired immediately.
What’s up? According to this 2017 5-year transportation plan, the Jacks Valley Road reconstruction project’s “water line may need to go outside of roadway.” What water line? Who is paying for this water line? Jacks Valley is a road reconstruction project. It better not be paid out of road repair money. There was no mention of a water line in the 2016 5-year transportation plan for Jacks Valley Road. Where is this water line, and where is it going? How can it go outside of the roadway? It can go along side, or it can go under. What are they talking about, and how can we award the contract for this project now and get the construction done this summer if we are still debating the location of some mysterious water line?
The $4.4 million of the $12.2 million bond that was approved by our commissioners in November 2016 and funded in December 2016 has been allocated to the Jacks Valley Road reconstruction. This bond was approved on an emergency basis, and yet we are wasting time completing the design of its highest priority project while we are paying interest. If we approved this bond in an emergency, it should have been shovel-ready today.
If you were hoping that somehow your local county-owned road could get repaired this year, forget about it. The county prioritizes arterial and collector roads over local roads. You are out of luck if you were hoping the County is going to repair your road ever.
Keep your eye on Jacks Valley Road because it appears to me that the slow progress on road repairs in Douglas County has gotten even slower as the County figures out what to do about this water line.
In praise of Douglas High
Over the last several months the Record-Courier has been doing some excellent reporting on activities that are having a positive result at Douglas High School. A Financial Literacy class, a student poetry class, junior achievement, a inspirational speaker, the first annual Performing Arts Showcase, a new Girls Lacrosse team, and a graduation rate of 89 percent, are a few of the highlights. This progress is playing out against a back-drop that, according to the national magazine Education Week, ranks Nevada Schools amongst the worst in the Nation. As a new resident to Minden from Southern California, and with knowledge that local Schools have an effect on my own and my neighbors property values, I decided to learn more about DHS. I’ve attended some of the Football games, a Wrestling Tournament, attended the Performing Arts Showcase, and have met many of the Teachers and students.
At the end of last year I made an appointment to meet with DHS Principal Marty Swisher. Arriving at our designated appointment time, I took a seat outside Swisher’s office. A friendly lady who works in the office told me a story. About a month before, the School’c Crossing Guard phoned in sick. That afternoon Principal Mary Swisher donned a ‘red vest,’ went outside and directed traffic through the pedestrian cross walk on the 88. In our meeting, I found Principal Swisher to be everything that people say about him. He’s friendly, engaging, and totally committed to his Teaching Staff and students. We talked about the School’s Master Plan, the strategies to be used to enhance academics, the continued improvement to the School’s extra curricular programs, and his ‘personal priority’, the building of a new Theater on the campus. I offered suggestions to strengthen the School’s Alumni Association.
Right before leaving, I discussed an issue that is important to me. DHS locks it’s athletic field on the weekends. Where I’m from in Southern California , the Schools lock their athletic fields during the week. As a ‘thank you’ to local residents and ‘tax payers’, the Schools open their athletic fields on the weekend, for use by the public. Either Security Personnel or Janitors keep an eye on the fields. Swisher promised he would re-visit the issue. If you see Principal Swisher around the Carson Valley, give him a ‘friendly nudge’. Please remind him there are athletes and residents who would like to use the field.
At the recent ‘Looking Ahead’ event in February, sponsored by the Partnership of Community Resources, Douglas County School District Superintendent Teri White addressed the audience. She informed everyone that the Douglas County School District is the 2nd highest performing in the State. It is looking to expanding it’s Jump Start College Program which allow students to earn Associate Degrees while still in High School.
What could be better? Onward and upward in the Carson Valley!
Why is it called Greenland?
Responding to Mr. Tim Goldsmith’s passionate letter (Friday 2/24/17), I would appreciate it if The Record Courier could and would re-print the following quotes (in part), from past letters to the editor regarding Manmade Global Warming that hopefully will be enlightening to him and others at this time:
“It (climate change) is a hoax invented by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations organization. I don’t know their academic credentials, but I do know that 31,487 American scientists have signed a petition rejecting the global warming agreement known as the Kyoto Protocol (www.petitionproject.org).
Please ask … a column be written on why an ice-covered island in the North Atlantic is called Greenland.” (David K. Schumann, Minden, Sunday, September 30, 2012)
“Al Gore’s theory of global warming is disputed by 31,487 scientists who have signed a petition at the Oregon Institute for Science and Medicine. The Petition states:
“We urge the United States Government to reject the Global Warming Agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December 1997 and any other similar proposals … There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gases is causing or will in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”
In Europe, over 4,000 scientists have signed the “Heidelberg Appeal,” in which they “forewarn the authorities in charge of our planet’s destiny against decisions which are supported by pseudoscientific arguments or false and non-relevant data.” (David Schuman, Minden)
“It would be edifying to check undoctored worldwide climate statistics from Hadley, the climatology mecca in GB. The fact is “2007 was the coldest year on record since 1966.” The warmest years in the last century were in the 1930s with 1934 being the warmest of all.
It remains your choice to believe whom you will. At some point you may consider that you have been misled as so many of our brighter people have been … the ruse being justification for increased, unwarranted and suffocating government power.” (Dick Witzig, Gardnerville)
I feel we are fortunate to now have in office people who balance the arguments and are undeterred to come down on the side of solid science in spite of opposition.
That is the kind of leadership Scott Pruitt will bring to the EPA.
If the charges of contact with and interference from Russia during our elections are pure fabrication or fiction then let them investigate and the accusers suffer the exposure of their true motivations.
One of if not the most embarrassing occurrences of the George W. Bush administration was the inability to find “weapons of mass destruction”.
Does anyone recall the reporters’ looks of discomfort and chagrin on election night as they reported Trump’s victory in spite of their almost unanimously wrong predictions.
Those who so vociferously criticize the charges of Trump’s organizational contact with Russia and their interference in our elections claim Democrats and opponents make these false charges because they are bitter over losing the election.
Their claim that the leaks are far more egregious than the accusations is inexplicable. If leaks result in unfounded and “fake” news stories from “fake sources” how could there be anything of substance to leak?
Could it be that Trump and his administration fall under William Shakespeare’s admonition, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”