Letters to the editor for October 16, 2021

Thank you good Samaritans
In times like these, when it seems like the entire world has gone crazy, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that nobody cares about anything anymore. I am an 84-year-old woman and was driving to the store last week, when a young man ran a stop sign and hit my vehicle, causing major damages to both vehicles.
Luckily nobody was seriously injured. I was in shock because I was trapped in my car. Just then I saw a lady (Elizabeth) and a gentleman (Mike) come running toward me to render aid. Mike managed to pry the door open and Elizabeth’s soothing kindness helped me regain my senses. These good Samaritans restored my faith in humanity. There are still people in this world who actually care. I am eternally grateful.
D.L. Hohn
Carson City

America needs strong churches
With starting. A grass roots effort. In God’s nation.
Bringing it back to where it belongs: One Nation Under God.
Taking his gospel: Truth with a capital ‘T.’ Throughout his country.
Knowing that his word is the only thing that can change his nation from the way it is going (Psalm9:17). The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
Charles Finney who led the great awaking, “God cannot sustain this free and blessed country …. Unless the church will take the right ground.”
(Psalm 127:1) Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. NKJV.
Larry Larsen

Devilish detail
Much has been made of late about edicts and mandates foisted upon Americans by those elected or appointed to positions of authority. But this begs the question: Whose “authority” is being exercised?
Each of us has both authority and responsibility for our thoughts, words, deeds, only one of which, authority, can be wholly given to another. Yes, responsibility can be entrusted to others, but when things go bad, where does the buck stop? Right. It comes to who is in the mirror.
Perhaps you recall a lesson from your youth: “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” This metaphorically what we now suffer in that the highest bidders (wolves) are calling the shots. In other words, wolves are in the sheepfold. But then, can we blame the wolves for eating sheep? No. Wolves eat sheep, that is what they do.
Like it or not, our present malaise is desired at First Samuel chapter eight, if you think of America as Israel and Americans as Israelites. Pay particular attention to the word “take” and ask yourself, “has our apostasy brought us such takings?” Furthermore, have we been given a weak, shallow, demented king to exercise authority over us? Perhaps, but then remains responsible? Yes, it is that mirror person.
There are no political solutions to spiritual problems, but we keep trying politically. Hum, repeatedly doing the same things over again expecting different results, how’s the working out?
The devil is in the details.
Leonard Schmidt
Carson City

Wear your mask
I've tried three times in the past week to safely shop for groceries at two stores. In each instance there were lots of people not wearing masks even though the requirement was clearly posted.
How can anyone think that their personal rights supersede the rights of a business owner to protect their customers and staff in a building they own or are paying for? How can anyone think their right of choice includes the right to infect a stranger and their family with disease?
If you don't like the rules that a business decides to impose, don't frequent that business. How many people would be OK if folks ignored smoking restrictions, for example, in places like grocery stores? Just because you can't see or smell a hazard doesn't mean it isn't there.
Please, wear the mask if that's what's posted at the door.
Mike Rottmann
Carson City

A lesson from ‘Little House’
We homeschool at the Mathers' home, and I am very active politically, so I bring my kids to events. We go to rallies at the capital, protests at the library when Sisolak comes to "read" to children and ignores his 100 constituents surrounding said library, and even meetings at another library with fellow Carson citizens who are opposed to the location of the slaughterhouse on Highway 50.
We were reading "Little House in the Big Woods" today, and when I read Laura's viewpoint of slaughtering, I had to share: “Near the pigpen Pa and Uncle Henry built a bonfire, and heated a great kettle of water over it. When the water was boiling they went to kill the hog. Then Laura ran and hid her head on the bed and stopped her ears with her fingers so she could not hear the pig squeal. 'It doesn't hurt him, Laura,' Pa said. 'We do it so quickly.' But she did not want to hear him squeal.”
I don't want the children who live 900 feet away from the proposed location to hear the squealing either. No slaughterhouse should be within city limits. This proposed location needs to be opposed, and the approval withdrawn to protect the health and safety of our citizens of Carson City, especially children. I absolutely oppose this location and ask that the Board of Supervisors oppose it as well.
Barb Mathers
Carson City

Slaughterhouse too close to homes
I’m the manager of the mobile home community approximately 900 feet west of the location of the new slaughterhouse. Let me start by saying I’m not against slaughterhouses or having local meat; that is not my issue with this. My issue is the location.
I manage a community with over 100 residents that have been here for generations. I’m very concerned about the noise, smell, increase in crime, pollution, etc., associated with slaughterhouses. I realize that it will be a USDA plant and they have more regulations but if you do a search to look at similar operations they decrease home values and quality of life for residents in close proximity. I’m concerned this will get in and have little oversight and no recourse for the residents impacted.
Could they move to somewhere in Carson that has only industrial around? The location in a flood zone used to be the City of Empire; how did it become zoned GI? I’m praying that the meat company finds a better place or that the appeal goes through so me and my residents don’t have to find out “if” this location is a problem or not.
They really need a good location for this project but the proposed one doesn’t seem to be the one. Why can’t it go closer to the other loud industrial shops? It just doesn’t make any sense why it would go so close to people’s homes.
Charlotte Stewart
Carson City

Rural location better for slaughterhouse
We are longtime residents of Carson City and oppose the slaughterhouse approved by the planning commission.
Supporters of the project say that our region of Nevada needs a slaughterhouse. We have no reason to dispute that. But that does not mean it should be located in Carson City. On the contrary, a slaughterhouse should be placed in a rural part of the region, not a populated urban area.
The stench, the noise, the waste products, the flies, etc., associated with any slaughterhouse are obvious. But here we’ll stress two other points.
The proposed site is a drainage area that flows into the Carson River, just to the south. The staff report submitted to the planning commission refers generally to floodplains and flood zones but does not address the strong likelihood that the site will be flooded and widespread contamination will result.
It’s also troubling that there appears to be a clear error in the staff report. The report repeatedly states that the nearest residence is “approximately 900 feet” west of the proposed project. A look at Google Maps shows that homes in Villa Sierra Mobile Home Park are only about 500 feet to the west. Perhaps the report does not consider these homes “residences?”
A slaughterhouse is not appropriate for Carson City. A suitable, rural location should be found.
Jim Racobs
Yukiko Hayashi

Carson City

Put slaughterhouse outside city limits
Planning Commission approves a slaughterhouse inside Carson City limits?
As a 27-year Carson resident and decades as a long-range comprehensive planner, I think that approving this slaughterhouse is extremely disadvantageous for our city, both in the near and the long term.
Though a killing facility is allowed under the current zoning, no permanent working farms or ranches inside urban Carson City exist or need to be served. And this project precludes further development; who wants to develop a business next to a slaughterhouse? More importantly, the decision disregards the wishes of the nearby residents, compromises the floodplain, and sullies the experience of the commuters, those doing local errands, and those visiting the local attractions.
Many homes exist in this area and some are selling for $400,000 to $900,000. We all pay property taxes and patronize nearby grocery stores, service businesses, shops, and a very nice post office almost across the street from the site. What are the commissioners thinking?
That the project’s “special permit” would be reviewed and possibly revoked in a year risks the developer’s investment of tens of thousands of dollars. We know that permits are almost never revoked. This “meaningless” condition was clearly imposed simply to soothe those who objected to the project.
Why not build a slaughterhouse outside the city if there is a need? This project has been wrong from the very start.
Merlyn Paine
Carson City

Wake up Carson City
The “Downtown 2020 Group” appealed the Planning Commission decision on a Slaughterhouse. It sits off of Highway 50 East, next to Villa Sierra Mobile Home Park. It backs to some very nice homes on Morgan Hill Road. This is a horrific idea to put this in a populated area. I can enjoy an occasional hamburger and good steak like anyone else; however, a slaughterhouse does not belong in Carson City. This serves the minority, not the majority. We all loved our open space and farmlands. It was a packed house of people who did not want it, and handful a who did. This will have a strong impact on our city in dropping our property values and raising taxes to pay for the increase in water, etc.
I am a third generation Carsonite and spoke at the Planning Commission meeting and offered an alternative to the current slaughterhouse plan. There is plenty of land between Silver Springs and Dayton where there is nothing for many miles. As far as water and sewer, drill a well, use septic tanks and generators. Be self-sustained!
Again, you don’t put something like this in a populated area, especially the capital of Nevada, which will have a stench and the cries of the animals that can carry for miles, not to mention the insects they will attract. This will have a strong impact on all our property values.
Doreen Mack
Carson City


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