Letters to the Editor for April 17, 2019
Hate truck has no business in Carson City
I was in Carson City today photographing some immigrant youth who had come to lobby for bills of concern to their communities in Las Vegas, Reno, and Carson.
Twice, someone drove a cattle truck past the Legislature building, scrawled with a hateful anti-immigrant message. As they passed, a blond woman yelled mean things out the window at the group, which included children, teenagers, college students, adults, and elderly people from various countries.
As the descendent of German, English, Swedish, and Irish immigrants, I was embarrassed to see people in our state capital being so rude and hateful to young visitors who were there to exercise their civil rights. We heard from several of the youth and learned about their families who work in Nevada’s casinos and other industries, who pay taxes and help their kids with school. I wished the people in the truck had taken time to listen instead of make assumptions and paint mean things on their truck.
I also thought that this hate mongering does not reflect well on ranchers, many of whom are peaceful people who depend on immigrant labor. It also doesn’t reflect the kindness and politeness of most of the ranchers I know.