Letters to the editor for Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 | NevadaAppeal.com

Letters to the editor for Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Don't leave your phone at the Post Office

I was mailing packages at the main Post Office — there happened to be a new iPhone on the postage scale! There was a sweet lady there purchasing stamps! I said, "Look at this! A brand new iPhone!" She said, "Whoa! Those are expensive!"

I slid the phone into the security area where the gift boxes are. I'm sure the postal workers will take good care of the iPhone until it is reclaimed.

Don't leave a new phone on the postage scale! Go claim your baby!

Ross Jensen

Carson City

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Still time to save WNC athletics

My son attended Western Nevada College from 2012 to 2014. He was drawn by the nationally recognized baseball program. We are sorry to see WNC athletics being abandoned. Nevada was hard hit in the recession. But it doesn't add up.

The baseball and fast-pitch programs cost the college less than $400,000 per year. If the two programs attract 50 players, including 30 from out of state, that's $735,000 per year pumped into the state and local economy, according to WNC cost of attendance figures. Those numbers are conservative.

What is the value of lost tuition and attendance? For Carson City, parent visitors come from inside and outside the state, and visiting teams and fans will spend a dozen weekends in Carson City next year. What is the value of several hundred visitors days? This ignores patronage from past players, and there are persons loyal to the program who want to provide support. And what is the value of introducing people to your state?

All of my son's peers graduated with him. The team grade point was above 3.0. I am sure the college does not do that well on average. So WNC is not only abandoning a nationally recognized program, it is telling 50 of its better students they and their dollars aren't wanted.

My son has great memories of your state, city, college and baseball program. We can only wonder what is wrong in Carson City that you would abandon a program that is winning on all fronts. I urge you to correct a poor decision while there is still time.

Kyle Dorsey

Olympia, Wash.

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