Dear Editor,

I believe Ms. Cherie George former clerk-treasurer for Mineral County needs to be commended for her effort to set the record straight regarding the voting process on the last election.  Her detailed account has helped to clarify how involved the process is between all the different ways we as voters are allowed to vote in this day and age.  Whether the voting is by paper ballot or on a voting machine it seems that there is a sufficient set of checks and balances in place to catch any mistakes in an election.  But those checks and balances can only be effective if the responsible parties take the time to actually do their jobs.  It is worrisome that when Ms. George realized that their was a potential problem and was in the process of trying to find the apparent inconsistency in the number of votes recorded and the number of voters who voted she was told by the Secretary of State’s office to and I quote, “I was told to revise the voter turnout report so it would coincide with the number of votes tallied.”

I would like to know who at the SOS office would have given such instructions, and if they did why?  I would like to know who signed off on the election results?  I would like to know if those parties who signed off on the votes did so without verifying the numbers and if they did this why? And I would like to know if the people who signed off on this election and its results did so with intent or did so out of laziness toward doing their job properly.

In either case, whether the signing off on the vote was due to intent or laziness, those who were involved need to be held responsible for their failure to the citizens of Mineral County. If this means that the responsible parties loose their trusted position of authority, then so be it. If we need to have a special election to correct this debacle, then so be it. As citizens in democracy we take for granted that when we vote in a public election our vote will be counted. We may not always see the result we want but at least we were able to participate. If necessary an independent committee needs to be formed to investigate this issue. Our county needs to get this right and restore voter confidence.  Remember it only took one women, Rosa Parks, many years ago to shine the light on the need for civil rights in our country.  It may take just one women in Mineral County to shine the light on gross negligence.

Mary Marinello

Walker Lake

Dear Editor,

I have a problem with the Honorable Jay Gunter. Not a particularly notable one outside my circle of family and friends but a significant one for me.

My 2009 traffic citation was before the Hawthorne Justice Court for nearly six years (“Judge Dismisses Man’s Warrant…”, Independent-News: 12.31.14) and while the case is over, injury inflicted by the Court remains.

In the coming months, I will bring a civil action against judge Gunter for violating my constitutional right to due process…and I will lose. Unfortunately for me, and in my view for the good folks in Mineral County and beyond, my lawsuit will be dismissed despite evidence of conduct which deprived me of my day in court and the facts, undisputed by the Judge, that he ignored evidence, failed to competently perform his duties and opined to the media about my guilt while the case was pending in his Court.

And if you thought that his dismissing all charges and abandoning his 55-month effort to have me arrested might be evidence to support accountability in a civil case, you would be wrong. For while you and I have the Fourteenth Amendment, the Judge has something much bigger – the blanket of judicial immunity. Clothed with the power of the state and authorized to pass judgment on its’ citizens, judges are immune from civil liability for even the most corrupt, abusive or irresponsible “judicial” acts. It is difficult to identify any other area of society in which public officials are permitted to abuse their authority without consequence, and disregard the laws which they are sworn to uphold.

Why, then, bother with the time and expense of litigation which is preordained to fail? This effort will allow me, if only briefly, to present my grievance in a form which the Judge will recognize. I will have the opportunity, denied to me in the past, to show the evidence. And he can show me his blanket.

R.J. Larsen

Eugene, Ore.

Dear editor,

Hi. My name is Brooklyn B. I am a fifth grader at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying the geography and history about the United States. I am so luck I got the state of Nevada. I would really appreciate if you sent me some a state map, souvenirs and some information on Nevada. My teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would like a car license plate for a school project (if possible). I really appreciate your time.


Brooklyn B.

Mrs. Newlin’s S.S. Class

Harlan Intermediate School

1401 19th St.

Harlan, IA 51537

Dear Editor,

I think everyone in Mineral County owes a Thanks to Cherrie George for taking the time (which she should not have needed to do) to bring to light the truth concerning the election votes not being counted to the best of her ability!

I also think it was great that she confirmed that which I already expected from doing the math concerning those votes that had they been counted, it would not have altered the outcome of any candidate’s race within Mineral County. I would have been absolutely surprised if those votes would have altered even the closest race in the county.

Anytime the race between candidates only have an advantage of 14 votes out of 4000 votes, the idea that one machines results with only 178 votes could alter that 14 vote advantage enough to change the election results is pretty preposterous!

I think the people screaming election fraud should be hiding their heads in shame before this is over, if they are capable of such! As I stated from the beginning, people do not commit election fraud and then hide the evidence in their own desk for others to find after they leave office.

As always, those who lost the election race will pretty much always jump on any band wagon they can to discredit their loss, and as far as our ex-sheriff goes it was to be completely expected! After all his prior law enforcement work history has shown that is what he has done with the majority of his employers when his law enforcement employment is ended! Why would we have expected any different this time?

There was no fraud! There was no discrepancy in the outcome of the election! Andhopefully they will find the source of the error and correct the situation prior to the next election. Wouldn’t it be nice to go back to paper ballots and have election canvassing teams from both sides counting the ballots?

Again thank you Cherrie George for being the only one in the County who would stand up and inform the public of what happened and the unchanging results!

Glen H. Inlow


Dear Editor,

Veterans are again facing the possibility of not getting to appointments because there aren’t enough volunteers to drive them to the VA. One driver has moved to Reno, another has full time work and a third has had to resign for health issues. Still veterans need to get to Reno or Fallon to see their primary care doctor or a specialist.

What does it take to be a driver? Not much. You need a driver license of course. A reasonably good driving record with no DUIs in the last five years and your own auto insurance are also required. The VA insurance will cover you while driving the van, but only if you carry insurance on your own vehicle. The VA also provides you with a free physical every two years and annual driver safety training.

In return for you time you get a ticket for a free meal at the hospital Canteen. You get to meet some really interesting people from here and Lyon County as we also serve Yerington and Silver Springs.

Do you have to be a veteran? No, just be someone willing to give a day here and there to help others in need. We are drivers. We are not there to lift or medically assist passengers.

Please consider giving a day or two a month to helping veterans. Call the VA Coordinator at 945-9001.

Charlie Morris

Walker Lake