Dear Editor,

I was pleased to see an article about tourism and Ghost Towns is Mineral County on the front page of the January 30, 2014 edition of the Mineral County Independent News. I’m sorry to say that as I read the article I was surprised, disappointed and then angry to find no mention of the Mineral County Museum. I’m sure you can understand that I would object to the statement that “visitors to Mineral County have few options. They can visit the Hawthorne Ordinance Museum, visit the historic 1942 USO building, or explore the off road trails.” While all of these things are great, they are not the only things to do in Mineral County. Perhaps if Mr. Wheeler had done a little more research on our area he would have learned that there are more than a few options for visitors. We have thousands of tourists that come into the Mineral County Museum each year. They come to see the Museum and to learn about the history of our area. While at the Museum they can look at old pictures of our ghost towns or compare new maps and routes with historic maps to help them find some of the less known ghost towns. Our mineral displays are a favorite with our guests and we are able to direct them to areas where they might be able to find some pretty rocks to take home with them as they are exploring our countryside. Others want to know where they can go to see wild horses, wild flowers or maybe a question about Walker Lake. These are only a few of the things that we help visitors with each day.

In closing, I just want to express my disappointment that our local newspaper ignored the oldest and one of the best resources for tourism in Mineral County.


Georgana Mayne, Director 

Mineral County Museum


Dear Editor,

I am absolutely amazed at just how dirty of politics and how low the Liberals in Mineral County will stoop, in order to protect their political agenda. It seems that a local lady (I use that term loosely) was scared we might succeed with our Recall election Petition (her own words) so she searched through hundreds of my past Facebook posts. She hand selected a few posts and did screen shots of one page in particular which took it completely out of the context of the entire conversation and put them up on a Facebook page to start attempting to destroy my reputation.

I reckon the liberal way is that if you cannot successfully defend your political position then destroy who opposes it! One of these posts was used to attempt to convince everyone that I stand against our soldiers, veterans, and military. The actual conversation was concerning how the government was misleading the soldiers into fighting wars of aggression instead of defending our freedom, and misusing the power of our military. Perhaps the wording I used in the post was not presented properly to defend my position to the general public, but the post was never intended to be taken out of context and presented to the general public!

I volunteered for active duty in the U.S. Army in March 1968 and served until March 1971. I left the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge at the rank of SP-5 E-5 (equivalent to a buck sergeant) with an award for meritorious service!

I then spent one year in the Oregon National Guard from 1973 to 1974 as a Sgt E-5 Squad Leader and left with an honorable discharge.

What saddens me the most is that someone high up in the Hawthorne VFW that went through basic training the same time I did at Fort Lewis, Wash. and knows of my service record would actually pass out fliers around town of the out of context post, to attempt to falsely destroy the reputation of a Comrade in Arms, just to advance his political agenda. Since when did it become acceptable for a veteran to attempt to purposely destroy the reputation of another veteran, just to try and gain the upper hand on a political issue? There could have been no other purpose!

Glen H. Inlow


Dear Editor

I would like to express heartfelt thank you to the community for all the prayers, well wishes, and service provide for my family and I as I went through my recent illness.

I would like to thank all medical personnel from the ambulance crew, to the staff at the hospital for the professionalism they showed in over seeing my care. I truly appreciate it. I’m grateful to live in a loving and caring community where people often come together and care for each other.

Once again thank you very much.


Tina Nelms and Family