To the Editor:

When a professional newspaper like yours provides “news” items, the public expects that a reasonable effort have been taken to ensure accuracy.  The “Senior News” column of May 22 was an example of inaccuracy and opinion offered as news.  In fact, there were several errors.  As a result, your readership is misinformed, the reputation and morale of those affected (such as our Road Department employees) are hurt, and the paper’s own reputation suffers.

On one item, the “Senior News” author offers her opinion about road repair techniques of which she seems to know little. She misreports who was involved in supposedly defective repairs to her own road and then alleges that time and money is wasted by County employees who don’t have her expertise.  Yet, she never spoke to the Road Department nor the Commissioner liaison to the Road Department, Laurie Carson. Oddly, the author thanks me for taking steps on her behalf that actually never occurred.  I called these errors to the attention of both the author and the Ely Times in advance of deadline.  But, opinion prevailed over fact, and the column went to print with most of the errors still in place.  It’s an “opinion column,” I was told.

Next, in that same article, the Ely Disincorporation effort by the Nevada State Legislature is misreported.  It is not true that the bill (even as it was worded then) inevitably “still means disincorporation of the city of Ely”.  The legislation, which so many of us opposed, NEVER meant that would happen without a vote.  On this very critical community concern, it was inexcusable to publish bad facts.

Lastly, it was the elected County Officers, six of them in fact, that offered an alternative budget that would have spent less than the Commission itself proposed. In fact, it was the only alternative that came close to a balanced budget.  It was wrong to report that the County Department Heads “came up with a plan for a balanced budget.” I, for one, appreciated the time and expertise invested by the elected Officers to help the Commission with County’s financial decisions. So, the Ely Times was careless to not credit the right people.

Sadly, Commissioners, Department Heads, and employees shake their head and lose trust in the newspaper.  And the unwitting readers never do get the facts right. Opinion columns should be described as such, and not passed off as “news.”  How about changing the title to “Senior Views,” and perhaps disclaiming publisher responsibility in print rather than using that excuse after bad articles are run?

Thank you for your consideration.

Mike Coster

To The Editor:

My husband gave this letter to former Ely Mayor Bobby Miller in the hospital on the day before Bobby went to Heaven. It is being printed here (in present tense) to honor his memory, in the hopes that it will bring comfort to all those who loved him.


Where you are, there is no fear. Where you are, thee is no pain. Where you are, air lifts you up, filling your lungs — and you are breathing freely, effortlessly, without thinking.

You are forever with Peach.

And best of all, you are surrounded by the love emanating from the eyes of Jesus — youe Savior, your Lord, your best friend — the One who is with you now, the One who led you gently out of your pain into His Presence.

And so, dear Bobby, because you called His name before you were lifted up out of this world, you now know that His forgiveness is forever, His heart is with yours in eternity, His love now fills your spirit to overflowing.

I will miss you, Bobby — your laugh, your smile, your hugs. But the missing will only be for a while, and in the meantime, please take care of Duncan, and Wendy, and Keisha, and Gunner. I’m sure that they and Peach delight in showing you around your new home, introducing you to the Angels.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and hear my cry. He brought me up also out of an horriable pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

And He hath put a new song in my nouth, even praise unto our God…” Psalm 40:1-3.

I love you, Bobby — see you later.


Leslie Sears


To the Editor:

Feudalism, How About Unpatriotic?

What do call constant attacks against the President and his ability to act under laws that were voted on by congress? Some might call it annoying, some might call it rhetoric, but I call it unpatriotic. Mr. Thomas Mitchell has been just that, unpatriotic. Mr. Mitchell has written article after article that has been printed in every newspaper from Laughlin to Owyhee Nevada criticizing everything from oil regulations to the Antiquities Act. That tells me something, Mr. Mitchell is well connected, and no its wonder, he was the chief editor of the Las Vegas Review Journal for over 20 years.

Mr. Mitchell’s recent article “Nevada representatives must challenge efforts to close off more land from productive uses”, argues false pretenses. The first argument is if the President designates Basin and Range a National Monument, a lawful action under the powers vested to him by congress under the Antiquities Act, a power all presidents have used, that this would be, “closing the land to most beneficial uses”, and therefore feudalism in action. The quote is another false pretense. The ”beneficial uses” Mr. Mitchell would like to see are short term gains from fracking and mining everything in sight, rather than growing a long term economy develop from truly beneficial uses like sustainable free range grazing, hunting, camping, and hiking. The last falsehood is that we live under feudalism because of the Antiquities Act, really? Would you call President Reagan or Teddy Roosevelt feudalists? Whose welfare is Mr. Mitchell trying to protect?

 Genine Aiello

Hilo, NV