Letters to the Editor May 21
Pohlman deserves the nod for Minden board
I endorse Bob Pohlman for the Town of Minden Board during the 2010 election. I have known Bob for many years, and during that period, he has always been civic-minded and has worked on several projects to improve our community. Bob is well-qualified to be a member of the Town of Minden Board.
As president of his homeowners association, he has recently been working on the cost and distribution of Minden’s water, storm drainage problems and the new Bougainvillea Park. He has several good ideas to improve Minden’s economy and aesthetics, which he will attempt to implement if elected.
The Town of Minden is fortunate to have an excellent candidate like Bob Pohlman for Town Board.
Thran brings integrity, expertise to job
Political races are heating up in Douglas County. Name recognition is unfortunately important to attract voters. What candidates really stand for, tragically, doesn’t reach many voters, so we often don’t get leaders having at heart the best interests of the public, as opposed to special interests.
A casual observer might note that lake interests (in Douglas County) usually get what they want. In the valley, an association consisting of the bigger industries, businesses, professions, current and prior politicians, have a special interest in developing the community away from its rural roots.
High-profile politician and developer Lynn Hettrick is running against respected incumbent with exceptional credentials Ted Thran for county clerk-treasurer. Hettrick’s campaign suggests he could invest the county’s surpluses better, add efficiency, devote time to lobbying the legislature, turn the position into a higher profile political position. That suggests some deputy under him might actually run the treasury and important county clerk operations since he lacks that experience. One recalls that Hettrick vocally supported a Douglas County business tax.
Ted Thran just quietly does the job expertly because he has the skills, education and training to direct both clerk and treasury activities in a businesslike way. Politics should not replace expertise in those activities. We have enough elective offices to be leery of, but the extremely important clerk-treasurer’s office and equally important county assessor’s office are directed by experienced professionals with business efficiency in a non-political way.
Jack Van Dien
A tragedy that we should have seen coming
The oil spill in the gulf is nothing short of tragic. It has come with endless amounts of finger pointing, conspiracy theories and political spin, all of which is obscuring the one thing we are not talking about.
This rig, just miles off our coast, is a piece of machinery operated by human beings. Machines will always fail. People will always make mistakes. Something of this nature was always going to happen. We had to know this. At this point in history, you cannot tell me we did not have the resources and the technology to begin containing this spill within its first few hours. The tragedy is that we did not.
Regardless of our ability to mitigate the damage, and that it will heal in time, our coast is fouled. Animals and plants die. Property is damaged. People lose their livelihoods – tragedy.
Energy independence is a good policy and now it has been dealt a blow that will set us back decades and trillions of dollars. There is no predicting how far the implications of this will reach and it is all because we were not prepared to respond to the inevitable – tragedy.
We, the people, have no one to blame for this but ourselves. It is far past time for us to hold our governments and our providers responsible to do the right thing. We are paying and so must they. Let the punishment fit the crime – tragedy.
Let’s look at reducing public employee benefits
The state of Nevada will never become solvent until it does something about the unfunded liability. Nevada’s Public Employee Pension Plan has $9.1 billion unfunded liability, and that does not even count the teachers.
It’s far time the state and federal employees pay into their own health and welfare program as all the little people of the private sector have to do. They also should pay into the Social Security as the rest of us do.
The take-home pay for the employees would be less, but at least the total burden would not be on the taxpayers.
This would include the governor, state legislators and representatives, as well.