Letters to the Editor for December 7, 2019
To progress as one nation, one society, we must act as one. Only together, for a house divided against itself cannot stand. This is what a progressive society must look like.
To act as one, our leaders must serve the common interest, must work not just “across the aisle” but work as though there is no aisle. They must compromise not just here and there but always, when there are reasonable differences of opinion. Our common interest requires nothing less.
As citizens of one nation, only together can we compel our leaders to act as though there is no aisle. We must recognize that each of us is better served and better off when no segment of our society is advantaged, or disadvantaged, at the expense of another. The history of our nation demonstrates all too clearly what occurs when we permit or pursue any other course.
Let us be guided by the stirring words from President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address:
“With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love.”
Michael J. Nove
Andersen Ranch project, quality of life
I have some concerns regarding the Andersen Ranch project. The homes are to be built on 5,000-square-foot lots. My home is on a 6,000-square-foot lot; I find the lot to be quite small.
I’m wondering about the aesthetics of the project. More than 200 homes at a cost of exceeding $400,000. Perhaps retired Californians will buy them but locals do not have that affordability.
What should young people do? Where should they go? Also, these prices raise property taxes for all homeowners in Carson City as well as home values, so perhaps in the end, only retired people will purchase homes here. What does Carson do with only an aging population?
There are long-term consequences to this project. I have driven through the area that will be most affected and do not see any way that traffic will not become an irreversible problem. Add to that, if there are children, more teachers, classrooms, school supplies, etc. And, not to be forgotten: how many more cars on the already broken down roads all over the city? And, should I mention water?
Think about it – see it in your mind. What do you love about Carson City? There is something to be said about “quality of life.” What will happen to the current residents and the quality of life they now enjoy? Would anyone agree that it is often better to take care of what you have before extending into something that appears to have what might be considered irreversible consequences?
Carson City’s Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, Public Works and its citizens need to work together in tandem for the betterment of the community.