May letters

cheney's charge; democrat jellyfish; grant helps moms; and street vibes return

Liz makes a stand for truth

Let us pretend we are at Gettysburg in 1863 and Liz Cheney was leading the attack on Little Round Top.  She begins to charge up the hill facing a Union fusillade, then looks behind her and see the backs of her Confederate colleagues lead by Kevin McCarthy, heading the other way. “Dang!” she said “I knew they would do that.” The fusillade happens and Liz is shot down to be relegated to be the only “rebellious honest, and courageous Republican” alive.

Believe me, I am no fan of Liz Cheney. She would vote down Social Security, Medicare, the Fair Housing Act, junior’s cancer treatment, and all those other Socialist laws that help working Americans. Of course, she is fine with low corporate taxes, the massive wealth divide, and corporate Socialism.  But she did understand the consequences of her heroic stand for the truth and her condemnation of “the previous occupant” of the white house. 

If we don’t get back to truth and reality Washington, D.C. is going to look like Berlin in 1945 for the same reasons. We will find out if Joseph Goebbels quote is true; “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it people will eventually come to believe it”. 

Don McKechnie, Sparks

Democrats lack vertebrae

Nevada’s democratic politicians need to grow some backbones. They control all three levers of government in the state because the voters wanted change and for them to pass progressive policies. They have failed to live up to that hope this legislative session. Bills on landlord-tenant reform (RN&R, March 21), police reform, upping the mining tax (RN&R, May 9) abolishing the death penalty (RN&R, May 15) and other progressive measures have fallen by the wayside as democrats avoid the important issues for fear it will cost them their seats. There is no point in them getting re-elected if they are afraid to make the positive changes that voters wanted when they sent them to Carson City. They aren’t there to warm the chairs, but to do the things that will improve the lives of the people of Nevada. Otherwise they should just stay home.

Butch Capana, Reno

Street Vibrations relocates

Roadshows, Inc. is proud to announce our new location for the production of future Street Vibrations Spring and Fall rallies after 14 months of being closed (RN&R, Aug. 20). Everybody is excited to get outside and our event will be the first major outdoor activity produced in the Reno-Sparks-Carson City-Virginia City-Lake Tahoe area. Our new location is at Reno’s Neon Line District, next to the Sands Regency Casino Hotel.

Randy Burke, Reno

Women and Children’s Center gets grant

The Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra (WACCS) in Reno, NV received a $15,000 Community Fund grant from the Community Foundation.

The Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra works to help women escape poverty in order to provide better lives for themselves and their children. To this end we provide a variety of services including diaper bank, food pantry, hygiene items, and clothing. Our education program is comprised of our after- school program, English as a Second Language classes and the life-skill based Mommy Y Yo. Additional services include help navigating the safety net system, securing employment, and domestic violence services.

 WACCS serves 350 women and children monthly with a budget of $185,000. All services are offered to women living at 185% of poverty or less. There are no income parameters for domestic violence survivors. Single dads are eligible for the diaper bank and men are welcome to utilize our domestic violence program. We are grateful that the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada have chosen WACCS to receive this grant. We will use this for strengthening our domestic violence program by addition Interpersonal Violence education groups helping women gain a comprehensive understanding of violence.

This grant will be used to strengthen the women in our community as they learn about the various forms of violence which can impact their lives and those of their families. They will also learn ways they will be able to respond to the violence. By having the tools to recognize and safely respond to Interpersonal Violence, women will have yet another method to enhance their desire to leave poverty behind.

Operating in Reno for the past 13 years including nine years at our Neil Road location, WACCS has grown from a small diaper bank and education program to providing services to fill the gaps between poverty and self-sufficiency.

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada strengthens our region through philanthropy and leadership by connecting people who care and causes that matter. For more information on the Community Fund grants visit: nevadafund.org

Pam Russell, Reno

Senators should back research

Senators Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto should accelerate development of the alternative-protein industry, specifically by funding cultured-meat research. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughter. It’s better for animal welfare, public health and the environment.

Upside Foods recently announced its cultivated chicken will be available to consumers this year, pending regulatory review. Despite this progress, open-access research is necessary to help reach price parity and address significant knowledge gaps, such as those surrounding the creation of whole-cut meats.

Congress should reallocate the billions of dollars a year in subsidies the federal government gives to the slaughtered meat and dairy industries to cellular-agriculture development. We can create a food system that isn’t cruel to animals, that doesn’t breed pandemics, and that isn’t driving climate change.

Jon Hochschartner, Granby, Conn.

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