Efforts to improve lives of troops, veterans must continue

As a young boy, I aspired to be a professional athlete.  I played football, baseball and boxed, and as I began playing on my college’s baseball team I still dreamt of reaching the major leagues someday.  But that dream faded as I realized I lacked the size needed to reach the professional ranks. Today, because I never “made it” athletically, I have such great admiration for those who have.

LTE: Lovin’ Small-Town America

Today, Veterans Day 2011, we lined up police, fire, EMS and civic groups to run our annual parade. It began to rain; the temperature was 35 degrees. As we began our short route, the streets were lined, not just with children waiting on us to throw candy, but many of those we gather to honor this day.  As we drove the route I could see the admiration in the eyes of those who stood there next to the veterans, that look that said thank you for being a good person and thank you for doing violence on my behalf when you were called upon.

It warms my heart that in a time of such turmoil, so many members of a small town will come together and honor those who protect the land of the free, by being one of the brave. To watch the spectators wave and smile at the local EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement and National Guard and to hear them say “thank you” It gives us all feelings that you can’t explain in words and the heart of everyone involved.  To the citizens of Humboldt County, thank you for your continued support of your public safety professionals and those who keep us safe.

Tony A. Shope

Rescue Operations Coordinator

Humboldt General Hospital EMS & Rescue

Winnemucca, Nevada

LTE: Principal invites community to FFMS Veteran’s Day celebrations

My name is Robert Lindsay and I serve as the principal of French Ford Middle School, a fifth and sixth grade school in Winnemucca.

The purpose of this correspondence is to both invite and inform you about our Veteran’s Day Assembly. This will be the fifth year that we have had this special observation of this day.

This year’s significance is no less – as this will be “11/11/11”. As you probably know your history of this day, originally Armistice Day, the cease fire for WWI was set for the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918 (hence 11/11/11).

Years later, this then  became Veteran’s Day through an Act of Congress.

LTE: Some thoughts on the recently adopted HCSD nepotism policy

Dear Editor,

I would like to share some thoughts I have about the recently adopted HCSD nepotism policy.

According to the nepotism policy, “The school district then reserves the right to transfer one of the employees to another department or assignment” rather than examining the issues as they relate to our unique community, and which also happen to be very different than the dynamics in Washoe County.