Letters to the editor for Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
December 5, 2013
Ways to make intersection safer
This is in response to"Traffic is far too heavy near Quail Run Senior Community" which appeared in the Nevada Appeal on Friday, Nov. 29. The following are my thoughts concerning the inevitable serious crash at the intersection of Fairview and Bobwhite drives (it is not a question of if, but when). I do not believe Lady Luck will prevail until 2017.
At Bobwhite Drive (southbound) where it dead ends into Fairview Drive, make it a mandatory right hand turn only.
At Fairview Drive (eastbound) and Bobwhite Drive (northbound), do not allow a left hand turn.
Reduce the speed limit to 25 mph on Fairview Drive (westbound) from the current freeway off-ramp to Carson Street.
Replace all the current speed limit signs on westbound Fairview Drive to the large speed limit signs you see on a freeway.
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Make sure that all the large speed limit signs are 100 percent visible (not blocked by trees, bushes, etc.).
I invite the applicable state, county, or city agencies to spend some time and observe the unavoidable dangerous situations that the Quail Run residents face on a daily basis trying to enter Fairview Drive. I will volunteer my personal time to assist the applicable agency to eliminate the current dangers the Quail Run residents face.
John S. Somers
Let your voice be heard at trapping hearing
Earlier this year, the Virginia City Highlands was in an uproar over the issue of trapping. A renter was trapping bobcats in an effort to raise money to buy a motorcycle. Residents were outraged that their pets and children were at risk, and the hypocrisy of having a wildlife protection association when these same animals could be trapped. The Storey County Commissioners tried to placate the residents and ban trapping in certain areas, only to be told by the Nevada Department of Wildlife they could do no such thing. Counties can't control hunting or trapping, nor can they pass ordinances regarding it. Only NDOW can do that.
This Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., NDOW is having a public meeting in the Reno City Council Chambers at 1 E. First St., specifically to address trapping. This is your opportunity to have your say about trapping in front of NDOW. You'll only have 3 minutes to speak, be sure to sign up to speak in advance.