Dear Editor,

The Nevada Rural Counties Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) has started a new program called “Friends Day Out”. This activity is an opportunity for the caregivers of our community to take a break, while their loved one is participating in the “Friend Day Out” activity.

The “Friends Day Out” activity is being held each Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. at the Care & Share on the corner of K & 10th Streets in Hawthorne. We will be there at 11:30 a.m. to have lunch; giving the caregiver the chance to bring their loved one earlier than 1 pm to join us for lunch. This will allow the caregiver’s break to be expanded from 2 hours to 3 ½ hours.

The “Friends Day Out” activity consists of sing-a-long of old songs and fellowship with others while each person has the opportunity to speak. We have a traditional Native American type of talking stick that allows the loved one to not only speak, but also be heard as no one else is allowed to speak while someone is holding the talking stick.

Each week we will assign a different person to keep track of the time, while another person hands the talking stick to the next person. For it is always important to remember to include our loved ones in our activities and not just have them sitting on the sidelines watching and not participating.

The “Friends Day Out” activity will also include some simple exercises, like doing the “Hokey Pokey” and / or singing the “Y.M.C.A.” type of songs to give our loved ones a chance to exercise a bit.

The only requirements required to participate in this activity is for the caregiver and their loved one is clients of RSVP. To becoming a client of RSVP the person has to be 60 years or older or 18 to 59 with a disability or a veteran or be a caregiver of a loved one that qualifies as a client of RSVP.

If this activity sounds like something you would like to participate in, but you are not a caregiver or their loved one; then join us as a helper or become a volunteer of RSVP. We are always looking for folks that wish to get involved in community service.

If you are interested in the “Friends Day Out” activity, please contact MJ at 775-722-7669 (local number) or you can call me at 775-945-9001 for more information.

Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that relies on donations and granting funding. If you would like more information on the programs that RSVP does, please use the above contact information. Thank you!


MJ Dykxhoorn

Mineral County RSVP Field Rep.

Dear Editor,

“Why does Nevada politics oppose the strategic importance of our state to America”

The State of Nevada has been an important service to our United States of America since being admitted to the Union as the 36th state in 1864. Actually, Nevada had fewer than 40,000 inhabitants when it gained statehood, far fewer than the population at statehood of any other state. “Battle-Born” Nevada won statehood to help preserve the Union. Nevada sent approximately 1,200 men to fight for the Union during the Civil War, but its main contribution to the cause was financing the war with $400 million in silver from the Comstock Lode.

In those times, Nevada was for the most part an unpopulated barren desert state. These are the reasons that Washington viewed Nevada as a remote test facility for atomic testing which moved the first technology businesses into the state. Washington has continued its important use of remote federal land to include the Hawthorne Army Munitions Depot, the U.S. Navy’s premier air-to-air and air-to-ground training facility and home to the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). And, these days, the Nevada National Security Site, was previously the Nevada Test Site. Today, it is a U.S. Department of Energy reservation. The site was established in 1951 for the testing of nuclear devices, covering approximately 1,360 square miles.

Because these facilities are very remote is what helps keep them very secure for the strategic security of our entire country. With such a valuable service Nevada is providing to “our United States”; WHY do our political representatives oppose any or all of such issues of national security? We must provide public education in order to challenge “political opinion.” Why is it that our general public seem to have more common sense than our elected politicians? Change will only come from educational engagement by the public and our representatives.

Gary J Duarte, Director,

US Nuclear Energy Foundation