Dear Editor,

It was with great sadness that I learned of the withdrawal of Cherrie George as a candidate for Clerk and Treasurer. I witnessed Cherrie bring that office into to compliance with state and local laws along with bringing in the technology and experience bringing that office into the 21st century.  With the challenges that office brings this was a huge job, one that took many long days, hours and weekends of work to accomplish.

After working with the County for 40 years and the last 14 in the Courthouse, I witnessed how very busy that office is, how important the functions of that office are and what a tremendous responsibility goes along with it. 

So Cherrie, I want to say thank you for a job well done, it was a great pleasure working with you and I wish you the very best in your new endeavors. I am sure whatever you decide to do will be a huge success.  Make sure and take some time for yourself and especially your family.

With that being said I would like to take this opportunity to offer my support to Lorraine Haight.  Although I have never worked directly with Lorraine, I have witnessed her dedication and hard work in the positions she has held in Mineral County and her loyalty, not only to Mineral County  but to the people she has worked with directly. 

Dee Schaar


Dear Editor

Community and parents, we are excited to inform you that through much hard work and a lot of community involvement and support, the Eighth Grade Class will be having a promotion ceremony on May 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jr. High gym. We also will be putting on a dance for the eighth grade class. The dance will be May 30 at the YCAC from 8 to 11 p.m. Food and drink will be provided. We are very excited that we were able to do this for the kids. We will personally thank everyone who has donated in the near future.

Thank you,

Mellissa Spriggs

Allecia Wingfield

Dear Editor,

It sure was a nice Armed Forces Day. I just loved it, as always, but during this time, I was glued to the T.V. set on those hearings into the V.A. The head cheese from the V.A. trying to worm his way out of every question asked of him. What I got from most of it that the V.A. cannot stand in judgment of themselves.

When they approach a V.A. employee, with misconduct, they just put them on administrative leave with pay and transfer them to another part of the system. That’s not punishment, that’s a vacation.

Our senator from Nevada suggested the FBI investigate the V.A. and charge those that are involved with misconduct and give them stiff jail sentences. He cited one case of a blind, woman veteran who had to wait six hours in the emergency ward to be seen and she died due to the follow up care was dragged out too long.

I’ve experienced these same difficulties within the V.A. Claims adjurations are backed up for too long, to me is a national disgrace.

I’ve grown tired of long winded hearing with no results. For years it’s been too full of empty promises. It never gets any better. I’ve switched over to the private sector for medical treatment and I’m much happier.

Jon T. Johnson


Dear Editor,

I read with interest the four letters in the May 15 paper. The first lamented the fact that further efforts to clean up our county have not been more successful and I can certainly agree with Mr. Seymour’s sentiment. Progress can be slow when you have to battle people who seem to love living in squalor. I’ve made the comment numerous times that the county has funds to help the poor, but the opposition wants nothing to do with cleaning up.

Patti Stroebel had a very positive and upbeat letter. Thank you. In the heat of battle with people who like junk and clutter, it is refreshing to read a positive letter.

Now we come to juvenile name calling. I’ve tried to stay above that since I finally learned a bit of sage advice that says, “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” George Carlin borrowed at least part of that thought from Mark Twain who said, “Never argue with a fool, people may not be able to tell the difference.” I suppose the same sentiment applies to people who engage in mindless name calling.

For someone who has lived so long, I feel confident in saying you have never lived under a king or a fascist dictator. I have live in countries under both types of leadership. Although I was only an observer of their governments, I can say with certainty that you have no idea what those forms of government are like. You also have no idea how far from reality your character assassination of Mr. MacBeth’s tenure as commissioner is from the reality of those governments.

As for Mr. Inlow, I have some questions. What are you going to do if, in the end, Mrs, Tipton, Mr. MacBeth and Mr. Cichowlaz prevail; she gets re-elected, your petition gets defeated, and the county moves forward with this long overdue cleanup? Are you going to put a bill before the legislature to make Mina its own county? Why don’t you run for the legislature so you can ban clean counties across the whole state? Then we can have junk car and other trash lining our roads and streets from border to border. Your problem is that you are full of complaints, but no solutions. Nothing personal.

Charlie Morris,

Walker Lake