January 27, 2022, RC Letters to the Editor

Thank you for donations to the Douglas County Animal Shelter


We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our wonderful Carson Valley residents for their generous donations in support of the Douglas County Animal Shelter on January 17th. The donations were collected as part of the National Betty White Challenge, an event created to help commemorate the 100th birthday of animal lover Betty White.

It was heartwarming to see so much kindness demonstrated within our community and everyone’s concern for the welfare of the animals in the shelter.

The donations we received totaled just under $3,000. Douglas County Animal Shelter staff were very grateful for this generous gift. We know Betty White would have been very proud and honored.

Finally, we would like to thank the Gardnerville Smith’s for allowing us to set up our collection table in front of their store.

Debbie McNeil

Maria Falconieri

Melinda Neilander

Dana Roseau

Becky Soderman

Minden Fortnightly

January 6 was an insurrection, not a demonstration


I would like to set the record straight regarding last week’s letter claiming that the January 6 uprising was a protest gone horribly wrong.

Unlike our defeated former president, Hillary Clinton did not try to foment an insurrection because she lost the 2016 election. No, instead, she conceded the election on TV for all to see. That’s not to say she didn’t think there was an injustice at play. For example, the damage done by James Comey in the last week before the election.

January 6 was indeed an armed insurrection. Rioters used flagpoles, fire extinguishers and pepper spray to attack Capitol police. (Remember the Clue game where the weapon of choice could be a candlestick?) The Capitol Police suffered over 150 injuries. Some of them had brain damage and some of them died. One of them lost an eye, that’s the very definition of chaos. It was shameful. Two unexploded homemade bombs were found nearby. And there was a handful of people there with guns. The FBI just identified one. His name is Luke Philippe Robinson. He is the individual on FBI poster number 343. Video footage shows a handgun slipped into his belt, specifically a SIG Sauer P230 handgun.

Don’t believe the false narrative that this was a protest that got out of control. There is ample evidence that the attack was a planned event. The defeated former president called on the thugs to show up on the 6th, saying “it’s going to be wild”. Clearly Steve Bannon knew something big and chaotic was going to happen on January 6th. “Hell is going to break loose tomorrow,” he said on his podcast the day before the uprising. Yet he had nothing to say to the select committee about what he knew.

Between January 1 and July 14, 2021, 18 states enacted 30 laws that restrict access to voting. These new laws make voting by mail and early voting more difficult, impose stricter identification requirements and make voter rolls faulty. More than 400 bills containing provisions restricting voting access were introduced in 49 states during the 2021 legislative session. All because of the big lie. The 2020 election was a free and fair election.

Support the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021, the Freedom to Vote Act and the For the People Act of 2021.

Alice Meyer


Stop the mask madness


It has now been confirmed, not only by leading national medical personnel, but also by the CDC, that cloth masks do not stop the spread of Covid-19. Yet our school board punishes people who refuse to obey their mask mandate.

This needs to stop, and Sheriff Coverley needs to be the one to stop the school board. If you go to a public school board meeting, which is your constitutional right, and refuse to wear a mask, the sheriff who established his department’s policy on 6/25/21 not to enforce a warrant of mask should not serve criminal trespassing orders at the request of the school principal because the mask was not worn. The criminal trespassing order makes no specific mention of trespass due to violation of the mask mandate on school property, but the superintendent’s emails written to school administrators and school board members explicitly state that Sheriff Coverley and his department knowingly respond to a mask warrant violation.

It’s nothing more than a bait and switch to enforce the Mask Warrant, and Sheriff Coverley is used as a pawn. I’ve heard medical personnel on TV and read an official statement from the CDC that says cloth masks don’t work. And yet Douglas County School Superintendent Keith Lewis is using this ruse involving our Sheriff’s Department to prevent the public from attending public school board meetings. Using the Sheriff’s Department to personally serve felony citations for violating the mask warrant on school property is our local equivalent to the Department of Justice using the FBI to intimidate those who oppose the CRT. No one wants to be called a domestic terrorist, and we citizens of Douglas County don’t want to be arrested by our Sheriff’s Department for not wearing a mask on school property. When and how will this nonsense of a mask mandate be stopped?

Sheriff Coverley, it’s time for you to defend the citizens. Mask mandates right now are just one way to keep citizens out of the public education debate. Stop the madness.

david nelson


Congress at fault for deficit


In response to some earlier comments accusing President Trump of running up deficits and big budgets to skyrocket our economy and our debt, we really need to know who is responsible. There are 3 branches of government, the Congress being composed of the House and the Senate and the third is the Presidency, relating to the budgets. The Chamber is the responsible branch that draws up the budget for the following year and the Senate also votes on it. The president establishes a budget, but it must be presented to Congress. As a comment, that Trump was responsible for approximately $5 trillion in debt in the last year of his presidency, it should be noted that the Democrats had full control of the House and Senate and rejected Trump’s budget and negotiated with the increasing changes of Congress. That said, it is instead the Democratic House and Senate that are responsible for the $5 trillion increase in debt. As for the other comment regarding Bidens BBB, since when does it make sense to borrow more and spend more taxpayer dollars to supposedly support the economy when we’re in a state of so many jobs available across the country that we don’t have enough staff to fill existing vacancies? (Keep giving them free money to stay home)

When it comes to budgets, the BIG government has been one of the costliest items in the budget. Obama had increased the size of the government by about double the size of the previous president and when Trump became president he reduced it to half of what Obama had and now the huge government returns. Biden isn’t aiming for the one percent, he’s aiming for the middle class, which is why he has the IRS tracking anything over 600.00.

Liberalism is a disease that blocks all common sense and all reasoning concerning public finances. Please pay attention to truth and history and stop drinking liberal Kool-Aid. Additionally, gas prices only began to rise when the Democrats and Biden shut down our self-sufficient supply of gas/oil lines and handed control back to OPEC.

David Burns


Will Dr. Fauci repeatedly reincarnate as puppies he tortured?


I don’t know if reincarnation occurs, but animals (especially docile beagle puppies) are being tortured and killed at the NIH, overseen by Dr. Fauci. The good news: there is a bill in Congress HR 1744, “Support Humane Research and Testing,” sponsored by Nancy Mace (R SC). But now the NIH is using our tax money for their experiments, which are unnecessary, immoral, and of course cruel.

To stop these experiments: call, email, write your NV Congress representatives: Amodei (202) 225-6155, Cortez-Masto (202) 224-3542, Rosen (702) 388-0205, Lee (202 ) 225-3252, Hursford (202) 225-9894, Titus (202) 225-5965. OR Whitehouse.gov (202)456-1111. TELL the NIH to STOP these experiments and release information: NIH: (301) 496-4000, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892. Remember, voters who make noise get noticed.

For more information about the agency fighting these cruel experiments, call or write: The Anti-Vivisection Society (808) 888-NAVS, 53 W. Jackson Blvd. #1552Chicago 60604.

Debra B. Cutshaw,


Add a little perspective


As for the recent exchange between Letters to the Editor contributors Justus and Muzzy, a bit of a step back. Biden has directed large amounts of federal payments to special interests and pet initiatives that advance his political agenda. Biden has created a labor shortage by paying people not to work, creating – for example – a critical shortage of truck drivers. Laden container ships occupy dock space for excessive periods of time waiting to unload as more ships wait in the Pacific Ocean for weeks or months to access the dock. This disrupts our supply chain to no benefit to anyone.

Another Biden administration initiative that impacted our economy and our morale was to reverse Trump’s successful Afghan policy, creating a tragic rout that gave the Taliban more than $2 billion worth of classified weapons, blocked many of our loyal allies and some Americans, and buzzed a car full of children. How many of America’s trading partners want anything to do with this traitorous regime?

Spending under President Trump has served to bolster our military and shore up our infrastructure while reducing taxes and debt. Trump was, indeed, a big spender, but he played down government intrusion, promoting a thriving private sector, wealth and jobs. Trump, unlike Biden, didn’t need to buy votes by paying people not to work.

My message to Justus is that inflation is only one dimension of a free market economy. Trump has ensured near full employment and freedom for entrepreneurial employers to take risks and reap rewards.

Bickering over which administration created the most inflation is not as consequential as fostering the environment necessary for our nation’s economy to thrive.

Maureen Morris


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