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Helget cares for Carson City

I met Lisa Helget in 2011 through my job. On our first interaction, she was open, honest and no-nonsense. After other visits, she said, “when all this is done, maybe we can be friends,” laughing like she likes to do. And, when all was done, we did become and are friends.

When she told me she had filed to run for the Board of Supervisors, I asked her why. She said she thought the people needed a “real” voice on the board that spoke for all of us. I can tell you she is that voice and fights for what is right.

I called her recently and asked how everything was going. She told me her eye was very sore and looked like she had “gone a couple rounds with Mike Tyson” due to surgery a week earlier but she had attended a function to celebrate America, first responders and public servants the previous day. When I asked why she didn’t stay home, she said she needed the citizens to know that she was dedicated to representing them and “staying home wasn’t going to earn their vote. I can’t stay home and complain my eye hurts. You’re an elected official all day, every day” she told me.

I just wanted people to know that Lisa cares about doing what is right for Carson City, all of us and you should get to know her, too. She will be the voice on the board we all need for Carson City.

Shadow Kelly

Carson City

Parking spot can’t be reserved

While riding my motorcycle this Fourth of July, I decided to stop by Mills Park to enjoy the celebration of our country’s independence. While passing the lines of parked cars, I found a parking space between a parked car and construction Dumpster that had a wooden pallet on the ground. Thinking this would be a good spot to park my motorcycle for a few minutes. I backed my bike between the pallet and Dumpster.

Within 10 seconds I hear a woman’s voice behind me saying, “excuse me you can’t park there.” Turning around, I expected to see a sheriff’s deputy enforcing a parking violation. To my astonishment, I saw this woman standing and staring with her hands on her hips. I politely said, “excuse me?” She then states, “we saved this spot for my mother. She will be here in a few minutes, so you need to move.” I replied, “this is a public park, I never met anyone who thinks there’s reserved parking.” She replied, “well when she’s here you better be moved. She’s kind of handicapped.” I noticed a sheriff’s patrol heading my way, so I told the woman, “perhaps I’ll go explain this to the sheriff .” She replied, “go ahead they can’t do anything.” I did. After explaining the situation to the deputy, I left the park with plans to return later. I arrived later, no truck in the space. Perhaps the deputy explained how social, civilized humans acted.

Thank you CCSD.

D.R. Jackson

Carson City

Farmer wrong about medical marijuana

Columnist Guy Farmer is out of touch with both scientific and public opinion (“What’s the hurry on medical marijuana?” July 6). Farmer writes, “There is no clinical trial evidence to support claims that marijuana smoke is medicine” and alleges that reports stating otherwise are “anecdotal.” He is wrong on both counts. A search on PubMed, the repository for all peer-reviewed scientific papers, using the term “marijuana” yields nearly 20,000 scientific papers referencing the plant or its constituents, nearly half of which have been published within the past decade. By comparison, a keyword search using the term “ibuprofen” yields 10,500 published paper. A keyword search using the term “hydrocodone” yields only 630 published papers.

Contrary to Farmer’s claim, the science surrounding the safety and therapeutic efficacy of cannabis is well established. A recent summary of FDA-approved placebo-controlled, clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of inhaled cannabis for a variety of debilitating conditions concluded, “Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking.” The full text of this review, which appears in The Open Neurology Journal, is available online here: A review of state-sponsored clinical trials evaluating cannabis therapy is also available from the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research here:

Scientific evidence, not rhetoric, should guide America’s marijuana policies.

Paul Armentano

deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Washington D.C.

We will continue to support Sassafras

How about a Wooden Nickel as big as the Sperry Van Ness building to Double Eagle Cubed for forcing Sassafras to move, and cutting the heart out of downtown Carson City? Better yet, if we could find some tar and feathers, I bet we could put together a pretty big posse. It is unconscionable (defined as unscrupulous, unjust, and shockingly unfair) to give a thriving business that has provided excellent food and entertainment to downtown Carson City for almost two decades, a mere 45 days to relocate. The hard-working, talented, and professional staff at Sassafras deserve more respect. The greed of Double Eagle Cubed has diminished the quality of life in Carson City. With all the talk about revitalizing downtown Carson City you have to wonder if it has any concern about the future of downtown or any community pride. Yes, it’s the company’s building and its choice, but we as customers also have a choice over which businesses to support and we will support Sassafras wherever it goes.

Doug and Julie Maurer

Carson City

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