Letters to the editor for Thursday, June 25, 2015 | NevadaAppeal.com

Letters to the editor for Thursday, June 25, 2015

Taste of Downtown showcases city’s offerings

I just wanted to take a moment to briefly review my thoughts on the Taste Of Downtown event that occurred on Saturday. This was actually my first appearance.

First off, I was completely blown away by the live entertainment, coupled with the great food from the 40 vendors. My favorite energetic acts were Chaser The Band, The Refiners, and The Remains. However, the best treat of all was listening to our very own Molly Seals with that awesome acoustic guitar inside the Comma Coffee Courtyard. As for the food itself, my top five picks were Johnny Rockets, The Lady Tamales, The Nevada Nosh Food Truck, Wally’s Pizza, and Comma Coffee.

Unfortunately, there was one major downside. I missed out on some of the other vendors that were inside the Carson Mall. For some people, there just wasn’t enough time in the day to visit every single booth. But, in the end, it simply goes to show how eclectic our local businesses in Carson City truly are. What an awesome way for our community to band together too; I can’t wait to return to the Taste of Downtown in June of 2016!

Joshua Dealy

Carson City

Resources should go to existing museums

Why make a museum out of the old Nevada State Prison?

Nevada, especially Carson City, has some of the greatest museums in the United States. Our State Museum in the old Mint building is a fantastic asset — showing what the Silver State was and where we came from. Our Railroad Museum is world-class: exhibiting rare operable locomotives and cars from as far back as 1875.

Instead of trying to do “one more” museum, why not forgo that dusty, dank, hot place where there aren’t very many good memories; instead putting the money toward supporting museums that we already have and enjoy?

Is it possible to take the available state funding and … enlarge the storage and archives section of our State’s Museum — enabling the citizens of Nevada to enjoy more exhibits of our great state’s past?

Our Railroad Museum is more obvious — we have the only McKeen motor car in the world, and it runs! And we have not one, but two 1875 locomotives that are not only restored, but are also able to be steamed under their own power! Why not build an addition to the Railroad Museum exhibit hall that will protect these and other historic artifacts so they can be displayed and enjoyed?

There is such a thing as “too many riches;” can we forgo another new museum and instead concentrate on the two amazing museums in Carson City that need the state’s support and funding for all of us to enjoy?

Joel Kirk

Carson City