Letters to the Editor 9/18

Spiritual home awaits at local church

If you're looking for a place to feel the holy spirit, a sense of commitment to God, family, community and church, Capital Christian Center brings a sense of pride to the community and a sense of commitment to a person in need. No matter where you come from or background you have, the welcome committee is always there to greet you and welcome you to a wonderful experience with Pastor Stanley Friend.

My wife and I have been going here for a few months now and there is such spirit in this church that I wish all who are seeking something (to know) that it would be found in this church. It just feels like you're blessed when you walk through the door.

I encourage all of you who are in need of a spiritual awakening to come down to Capital Christian Center on Sundays at 10 a.m. and begin your journey. I thank all of the staff and volunteers who make going there a blessing.

James Baca

Carson City

Yerington senior center fees too high

The Yerington Senior Center is running a membership drive that will require all members to pay a yearly fee to participate in any and all activities at the Yerington Senior Center, effective in October.

We are not talking about a nominal fee here, we are talking about a $20 a year fee. This is not the Yerington Cut Rate Country Club, this is the senior center. Yerington seniors go there for a nourishing meal at a reasonable price, to play cards, shoot pool and socialize.

No other senior center in Lyon County charges this fee or even charges $2.50 for their meals, they charge $2 for meals. If we want to go on a trip with the Yerington Senior Center we have to pay a $10 fee, other centers in Lyon County charge $2 for their trips, and if you don't have the $2, you can go anyway.

Our seniors have been hurt in this recession as much as anyone else and I, for one, think it is grossly unfair to ask them to pay this fee to go to the Yerington Senior Center.

Carol A. Lee

Yerington

Make Congress take new health plan

How dare the Congress try to pass a health care system for the entire United States and exempt themselves from being under the same health care system. They are not superior human beings, but our employees.

To include themselves and all federal workers in the health care bill would guarantee that they would read the bill before passing it. If it's so wonderful, they should be thrilled to be included.

Vinnie Madrid

Minden

Our education system is in peril

President Obama received heavy criticism over his education address. I don't understand why. As both a student and a parent, I think this subject needs attention.

The media blasted him for posing the question: "What can you do to help the president?" His administration later rescinded and rephrased the question.

Why? Not so long ago, another president posed a very similar question, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." It went on to become one of the most influential speeches of his, or indeed any administration in U.S. history, instantly propelling him to immortal fame.

Now, in this time of financial scrambling, budget cuts, and finger pointing, it is time to look inward. Political partisanship is what is tearing the very fabric of our nation to shreds. Aren't there parents and students in Washington? No matter what party you may support, education is universally relevant.

I have an 8th grader, a 6th grader, and a 5-year-old kindergartener. When I compare what I did in school to either of the older two, I see major shortcomings. I shudder to think how far things will decline before the youngest reaches that level. If Washington is really so desperate for ideas that they need to address the entire national student body for ideas to "help the president," we are in dire peril.

George Hadd

Carson City

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