Dear Editor,

On Dec. 4 my loving, 12 year old dog Cheyenne became severely ill and could no longer function. He had been on medications for over a year but they no longer helped him. I was at a total loss since I could not drive him to the veterinarian in Fallon without some help. I called Dan, who is our animal control person, and explained what was happening. He came to the house and gave the necessary injection to end Cheyenne’s suffering.

I cannot thank Dan enough for his kind and gentle handling of the situation. He is one of the nicest persons in town and I thank him for helping me when no one else would. We should respect his position and realize he protects our animals.

Phyllis Conger


Dear Editor,

Comrades and sisters, service members, veterans and military families and friends;

I extend my warmest wishes to you and yours this Christmas.

This time of year offers us the opportunity to share in the spirit of peace, love and happiness. It offers the opportunity to gather with loved ones and friends to celebrate togetherness, and the joy of the holiday. This is undoubtedly, the most wonderful time of the year.

As we go about our celebrations this Christmas, we must give thought to the thousands of America’s finest men and women who are spending this sacred holiday away from their loved ones. They’ve sacrificed this time away from home to ensure that we’re able to enjoy Christmastime in freedom and with peace. Our veterans and service members have truly given us the greatest gift.

Christmas also brings solemn thoughts to those families who’ve lost loved ones in the line of duty. These fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters are deeply missed, but there is solace in knowing their lives were not lost in vain…for each life lost has contributed greatly to the evolution of America as we know it today: a free nation, a strong nation, the greatest nation on earth.

I wish a very Merry Christmas to all those who have fought to ensure hope and a bright future live on for America.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. God bless.

John W. Stroud

VFW National Commander