To the Editor:

I walk my dog almost daily at Steptoe Park in the mornings. I feel I am a responsible pet owner, and I pick up after my dog. I appreciate the fact that the county provides “doggy potty bags” at three locations around the park. What I do not appreciate is the fact that not all pet owners are as conscientious as I am.

One fellow often walks his dog at about the same time as I do. He lives directly across from the park, and has a large black lab. A short time ago I saw his dog do its “business” as he walked on without concern. I announced to him that I would clean up after his dog. A few days ago I again cleaned up after his dog. It’s annoying when I pick up the “fire crackers” from my little 12 pound pet, while this guy leaves behind “bombs” from his pet.

I remember as a kid playing little league and football in the local parks whee I lived and coming home with stinky shoes that my mother would not allow in the house. I feel badly for all the baseball and soccer players at Steptoe Park who have to watch where they place their feet while trying to watch the gall at the same time.

The most disturbing thing is I know this fellow once sat on the Ely City Council. I expect more from older adults, especially those who have been in leadership positions. We set the example for the younger people.,

For those of you who are responsible pet owners, I applaud you. I hear constantly how frustrating it is to “do the right thing” when others don’t. I can only say don’t give up. There is satisfaction in doing what is right, especially when there are young eyes watching you.

Randy Lee


To the Editor:

After the first reading of your front page story “City attorney’s discipline record suggests compromised ethics”, I found myself experiencing two levels of sadness — first the obvious delight the reporter/editor had in presenting the factual information about Mr. Odgers’ discipline records, and second the contents of that record.

I was raised in Ely many years ago when our local newspaper of record was the Ely Daily Times, with the last editor I remember being George Carnes. As a boy I delivered for the Times and was fascinated by the linotype machine with its attendant pot of simmering type metal. During high school I wrote a few articles of no consequence, took pictures, and learned something of layout. That lead to journalism classes in college and a stint as editor of the student newspaper at what was then Dixie Junior College in St. George. However, my interests turned to the Marine Corps and journalism was left behind.

Throughout that experience the notion of “hard news” and “opinion” were mercilessly drummed into my adolescent skull. The gist of it being that no one cared about my opinions and certainly did not want to see them on the front page. Thee was an inside page for opinion, prominently labeled as such.

During that same time I also worked for my father, a general building contractor. In response to my smart ass teenager remark about the social qualities of someone on a job site, he fixed me with a hard eye and said, “Every many on this site has wounds you can’t see and skills you don’t possess — your job is to learn those skills and not cause them any more grief in the process.”

I have known of Chuck Odgers for about a year and a half and worked with him for a little more than half of that time. I first met two of his children and was immediately impressed with their intelligence, demeanor and work ethic. Meeting a third child later, after I met Chuck, that opinion was confirmed. In my mind that meant a high likelihood of good parenting.

Professionally I found Chuck to be hard working, direct, intelligent, opinionated, and irreverent — all qualities I prize. He put up with my personality, both taught me and learned from me, and caused me no grief so he is and will remain my friend.

So, as to editorializing on the front page, let us begin with the title, “City attorney’s discipline record suggests compromised ethics.” To me that is where the downhill slide begins. First, a small complaint, what discipline record? A factual, neutral descriptive like “Nevada BAR” would have been useful. Secondly, “suggests” has become a weasel word for “What I am about to say is absolutely true and I want you to think it, too, before you even know the facts.” I also have to inquire as to the source for” …his background is under intense scrutiny.” By whom, other than the reporter/editor himself?

Not to mention “…a Svengali-like consigliere to the Bruce Setterstrom controlled City Council…” Really? Two negative and racially stereotypical connotations combined with a portrayal of the majority of the City Council as spineless at best in one sentence? Even on the editorial page of a supermarket tabloid that would be an achievement.

Don’t misunderstand. The factual content of the article is definitely in the public domain, but the lead-in comments that border on snark make the remainder of the article suspect by association. Plus it makes me wonder what score was being settled and to whose advantage. And why it was so important to settle that score by publicly ripping open my friend’s wound.


Lloyd E. Phillips, Jr.


To the Editor:

Shockingly, it was recently learned that veterans and active military (and their dependents) are also being charged sales tax on their home medical equipment. That’s right; those that were asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. These warriors, past and present, are insured through a company called Tricare. Tricare insureds are currently NOT EXEMPT from Nevada sales tax on home medical equipment.

A YES vote on Ballot Question #4 (the Medical Patient Tax Relief Act) would begin the process of exempting our veterans and military personnel as well as others who are sick and injured and need medical equipment at home. Both the cities of Reno and Las Vegas have stated that the loss of revenue from this tax is “immaterial”. Let’s stop this nonsense and pass Ballot Question #4.

Doug Bennett