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harold willard

EDITOR:

Regarding the front page story appearing in the Reno paper on Thursday, Dec. 20. It just reinforces what I said in my Nov. 27 letter.

The Stagecoach General Improvement district in Storey County is another perfect example of one confessed atheist attempting to destroy our American values. A Mr. John Messina (who lives in California but owns land in Storey County) sent a letter to the GID complaining about the slogan “God Bless America” appearing on his monthly bill. Mr. Messina stated that he was offended by the statement. I say ‘so what’ if he is offended. There are far more people “offended” by the fact that a complaint from just one person could have this much impact.

Doesn’t anyone have the guts to stand up and say this is a bunch of bull and we are not going to take it?

If the GID board doesn’t have the guts to do it, then the voters who voted them in need to vote the spineless jerks out. If they can’t stand up for America, they shouldn’t be in public office.

I agree 100 percent with Carolyn Wardwell, who was quoted as saying, “I am tired of one person being able to change the rules for the whole country. We had one woman who had prayer thrown out of schools. Now we have one man who wants to stop us from saying ‘God Bless America.’ It’s time the majority rules, this is supposed to be a democracy.” Good for you, Carolyn.

Let me ask you this. How can the U.S. Supreme Court rule that topless dancing is an “expression of free speech” and yet printing “God Bless America” may be a violation of church and state?

Why is one person from California able to influence Nevada? We in Northern Nevada are normally thought of as free-thinking individuals who don’t take any guff from outsiders, least of all Californians.

Why aren’t we as upset about this as we are about grazing rights or the re-opening of a back-country road, i.e. Jarbidge?

It’s time to show the rest of the U.S. that Nevada isn’t just a place where they have legalized prostitution or where you go to gamble. We are a proud state that was “Battle Born” and we will stand up for the rights of the majority.

No, I am not a religious fanatic. I haven’t been to church in years, but I am a fanatic about America, my country.

I will not reply to those two poor, misinformed individuals that have never met me, who chastised my earlier letter. The fact that they had to sign their names to their letters for everyone to see in print is sufficient embarrassment to them.

Harold Willard

Alpine View Estates

Dec. 21