I think the Nevada Appeal should give itself a "Wooden Nickel" for tabloid journalism. Come on, guys, this is your hometown and to run a story that you have exclusive video of the IHOP shooting is disgusting. I know you will defend yourself and say that it is the people's right to know. Show some common sense, decency and sensitivity. Like I said, this is your hometown.
In response to the article about the Retired Senior Volunteer Program cutting transportation from Lyon County, do you think there are volunteers out there who would volunteer for $20 a month for gas reimbursement, and now $10?
Let me think, gas is around $3.60 a gallon, which means in a month, the volunteer would only be able to drive 18-30 miles, depending on what type of car they use.
I have done volunteer work in Douglas County for five years. I have gotten as little as 30 cents a mile for gas reimbursement, and as much as 50 cents a mile, with a limit of $200 a month. The wear and tear on your car doesn't even cover the mileage reimbursement, and yet RSVP chief Janice Ayres states she was only going to give $10 to these volunteers from Lyon County. Did she cut the gas reimbursement in Carson?
She states all counties except Lyon have helped them every year. We in Douglas do not offer her any money. So what counties are helping her and how much does RSVP collect from those counties? Did she or any of her staff take a cut in pay?
She demands so much, and counties have told her goodbye for the demands she puts on them. She once told me Douglas County refused to pay RSVP $20,000 for $400,000 worth of services. Seems to me Douglas County is doing well without her services.
I just took the opportunity to vote in the special election early voting. All went very smoothly. As always, I tried to thank all for their efforts, staff as well a volunteers.
I feel the special elections should be paid for in this case by the federal government or political parties that generate the need. After all, they stole the representative from his post and made the special election necessary.
Special elections could be eliminated by requiring all those in elected positions that have term limits to complete their terms. Once they have, then they would be free to take an appointment to another office.
I would like to see a procedure in place so that should a promotion or a post come open, the candidate who had the next-highest vote would step in if they had a set percentage of the vote. If the candidate did not meet that percentage or was not available, then an insurance policy would kick in similar to homeowner's or life insurance, only on the office, not the individual, to cover the special election costs.
We should require that political parties foot the bills for such an insurance policy, or have the party of the person stepping away from office pay for the election.
The communities should not be stuck with the bills for special elections. We vote in good faith that the candidates intend at least to stay a full term in the offices to which they were elected.