Letters to the editor for Saturday, April 30, 2016
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Leave Silver Oak open space alone
One of the reasons I moved to Carson City was because of all of the open spaces. Many of those open spaces are gone. One open space, an area in Silver Oak next to the John Mankins Park off of Oak Ridge Drive, is an area where the Board of Supervisors has approved 31 more Silver Oak houses to be built. I am not particularly pleased about this idea.
Many homeowners take their dogs for a walk and exercise. Boys can be boys and play in the dirt and ride their dirt bikes. It is also home to rabbits, squirrels, lizards, and it is a part of nature. The board has just approved 31 more Silver Oak houses to be built there.
If these houses and a road are to be put in, then I would strongly suggest that either part of the existing park be made for dogs and different activities or a part of the golf course be used for such.
Also, putting in these houses and a road will make the area busier with more traffic and safety concerns.
Stay sober on the road
“Don’t drunk and drive drinking.” Sound familiar? This is how your brain thinks and sometimes how you speak when intoxicated. If you cannot speak and be understood, how can you drive home safely?
Operating a motor vehicle takes more brain power than one might think. Your mind needs to be sharp and your vision needs to be clear and not blurry as you may need to take immediate action in order to avoid a car or pedestrian crash.
Alcohol affects your brain which in return affects your motor skills and reflexes. Combine this with using prescription medications, marijuana, narcotics or a combination, and you are setting yourself up for disaster.
Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs not only puts you at risk but, other drivers and families as well. Yes, I said families. Just like you, motorists on the road with you and even pedestrians alongside the roadways have families and they want to get home to them just as you do.
Driving under the influence of anything that affects your ability to think and react in a split second is just not wise. Drive sober and remember that you have a responsibility not only to your family but, to other families whose lives are in your hands when you operate a motor vehicle.
Sgt. Scott McDaniel
Carson City Sheriff’s Office