Dear Editor,

My name is Casey Kee and I am writing this letter in response to the letter to the editor in last week’s paper. I am the other person that asked to be considered for the open seat on the Mineral County School Board. I live at Walker Lake and was raised here since I was two-and-a-half. I started kindergarten in Babbitt and graduated Mineral County High School in 2004.

At Mineral County High School, Darren Hamrey was not only my government teacher; he was also my role model. He installed in me the belief an standing up for your beliefs and giving back to your community. These values, that he taught me so well, are what influenced me to run for the school board.

I completed four years in the U.S. Navy and served in Afghanistan. Two months after I returned from Afghanistan I was diagnosed with myotonic muscular dystrophy and discharged from the Navy as a permanently disabled veteran and returned to Hawthorne to live. I currently work part-time at the Don Goforth Resource Center as a detention aide.

I care a lot about this community and the schools I attended. The last two years I volunteered as a coach for the MCHS baseball team. I hear students and staff that want more for their schools and the district than they are getting right now.

My purpose for being on the board is to listen to the concerns of student, staff, and community and try my best to help improve things. I have time to dedicate to researching issues before I reach a conclusion. I have the desire to help others and I have determination to make a difference.

I received two votes and Mr. Nixon and Mr. Neville voted against me. Mr. Neville stated that the only reason he voted against me is because my mother is a Mineral County School District employee. Mr. Nixon’s wife and Mrs. McMinn’s son both work for the school district. Therefore, I feel if anyone was discriminated against, it was me.

I meet all the required qualifications for the position and don’t understand when the board had a qualified applicant they refused to choose one. Given all the negativity in the paper and in the community the last six months, is it any surprise that only two peopled even put in to be on the board? And then when a board member rejects a qualified applicant based solely on the reasoning that they have a relative that works for the district, why would anyone be encouraged to apply?

I am reapplying to be appointed and appreciate the support I have already received from the community.

Thank you for your consideration

Sincerely,
Casey Kee

Dear Editor,

First off I would like to thank the commissioners and anyone else who had a part in writing and putting in motion, the new ordinance law. Which has been needed for many years if Hawthorne is to survive?

Not just the old houses, sheds broken fences and trash all around, with many buildings in need of paint.

As far as I’m concerned all the vehicles, trailers, and junk cars that are stored on the dirt area between the street edge and ones’ property line. As I was informed this area is Pedestrian Easement so anything on the dirt area is not legal. All vehicles that are legal for the highway must be parked on your property or on the pavement with the right front wheel at the edge of the pavement ORD. #10.32.110.

It is illegal to park any vehicle with the left side toward or along the curb. ORD # 10.32.020. I believe this is 40% of the blight in Mineral County. Anyone who doesn’t agree must have a mental problem. Just look around. All the parking and junk on the dirt area is a quick fix. So come on Sheriff’s department. Take care of it, you work for us. Mr. Fontain can’t do it all.

The two stories that came in are a start. As far as business goes the problem is one of them should have been a clothing store. Three stores carrying pretty much the same things? Stupid don’t you think?

This just forces people to shop out of town more. And one of the new stores isn’t even handicap accessible along with the El Cap. Not good. This may be against federal laws and fire codes.

Thanks for reading, have a safe day

Sincerely,
Butch Seymour

Dear Editor,

Nice question of the week in the August 8-14, 2013 edition.

Looks like Dawn Renae Rarick, David Whitlin and Jessica Weaver have the same thoughts I have been writing about for the past four years. It takes years to create a “dump” let’s hope it will only take six to 12 months to clean up. So come on local government and law enforcement, let’s get it done, like Jerri Tipton mentioned “who would want to live here.” You all work for us. Let’s hope more Retiree’s will call Hawthorne their home. And guess what they bring with them? Revenue.

Thanks for reading, have a safe day,

Sincerely,
Butch Seymour

Dear Editor,

I urge everyone who might think their property is in blight condition to be proactive and clean up as soon as possible. As the new law reads, that is if I’m correct, if your property is considered a blight you will be notified and could be citied and given a time frame to comply. I feel this is a must to help keep Hawthorne alive.

We must clean up to attract more retirees to Mineral County to boost the economy.

Thanks for reading have a safe day,

Sincerely,
Butch Seymour