Letters to the editor

READER OBJECTS TO POSSIBLE NAMING OF OBSCURE PEAK

Dear Linda Newman, chairman, and Jack Hursh, executive secretary, of the Nevada State Board on Geographic Names:

I’m writing regarding the proposal to name the highest peak of Frenchman Mountain to Mount Reagan, which I understand will be on your May agenda (“Presidential peak: Sunrise man wants to name highest point on Frenchman Mountain for Reagan,” Sunrise/Whitney View, March 5). My wife and I respectfully oppose this idea.

First, we have deep respect for Ronald Reagan and support nearly any reasonable effort to memorialize the leadership of this great leader. However, naming an obscure peak on Frenchman Mountain after him is not the way to do it.

I am intimately familiar with Frenchman Mountain and its history. Being named after the “Frenchman,” a Belgian immigrant who developed a mine there following reports of a 1912 gold strike, and is believed by many to have operated it to swindle investors, fits the history and culture of the Las Vegas Valley and the city. Mining is one of the two industries important to the early development of Nevada and remains a major industry today. Frenchman Mountain complements the history of Las Vegas, and I see no reason to muddle that message by naming one of its peaks after a president.

Finally, very few residents, and virtually no visitors, know that the mountain they see the sun rise over each morning is actually Frenchman Mountain and not Sunrise Mountain. To name an almost indiscernible peak on a relatively unknown mountain after one of our greatest presidents does a disservice to the name of that person as well.

— Curt and Barb Neal

Las Vegas

GLORIFYING GRAFFITI IS WRONG

I usually enjoy reading View articles with F. Andrew Taylor’s byline (“Photographer captures art of downtown’s graffiti in new show,” Sunrise/Whitney View, March 12). However, I was alarmed to read last week’s article which, in my opinion, glorifies graffiti. Wrong-minded people consider this defacing of property to be “art” and subsequently cause millions of dollars in property damage every year. Graffiti vandalism cost Clark County approximately $30 million last year.

I would appreciate seeing an article in a future edition of View that presents the facts about the other side of the graffiti issue. Graffiti is vandalism, and in the majority of cases, it’s unsightly and unwanted. The fact that it’s unwanted is what distinguishes graffiti from art. The fact that placing it is illegal defacement of property is part of the “thrill” that graffitists get from their vandalism. Publicity of their vandalism gives them even more notoriety among their peers.

I encourage you to follow up on this topic and present the counter argument to graffiti and help us in our battle to keep graffiti out of our neighborhoods.

— Russell S. Collins

Chairman, Sunrise Manor
Town Advisory Board

LIBRARY’S EXHIBIT DRAWS CRITICISM

I am very concerned that the Sunrise Library in Sunrise Manor is hosting a photographic exhibit glorifying graffiti as an art form. My concern as a citizen who is actively involved in fighting the crime of graffiti is that this type of exhibition could, or should, be done in a more suitable environment.

If an “artist” wants to promote “anarchist behavior” as the exhibiting photographer states in his media kit, it is better suited to be in an art studio in the Arts District, rather than in a county library. This library not only caters to very large numbers of teens and children but is situated next door to Stanford Elementary School on one side and El Dorado High School on the other side and is in an area plagued by graffiti. (The traffic sign at the entrance to the Sunrise Library is covered in graffiti at this writing.)

I believe this type of exhibition can send very wrong messages to impressionable teens and children — the wrong message being that performing an illegal act in the name of “art” is somehow a good thing and not a bad thing.

— Anthony Keep

Las Vegas

OUTDOORS COLUMN ON RHYOLITE RIFE WITH INTERESTING TIDBITS

Your article of Rhyolite in (“Town of Rhyolite rife with rock, gold, history,” Summerlin/Summerlin South View, March 5) was great.

I was involved with the engineering and construction of the 24-foot-high steel silhouette of Shorty and the penguin. I always was puzzled by the penguin. After seeing pictures of Shorty, his silhouette looks just like a penguin. I think that Shorty may have seen his own shadow in the morning sunlight following alongside as he stumbled back home after drinking all night. Always enjoy your colorful stories.

— Harold Larson

Las Vegas

FAMILY HISTORY REFLECTS
OUTDOORS COLUMN

I truly enjoyed your item about Rhyolite in today’s View but for more reasons than most would think. According to stories told me by my dad and his parents, my father, James C. Lucey, learned to walk while living in that Bottle House, rented by his parents in 1909 or 1910. My grandfather was a miner who followed the mining booms and worked in the mines in Rhyolite. I recall pictures of that house shown by my grandmother and hearing their stories of the adventures in mining. I am not sure how long they lived there, but I believe they went from Rhyolite to the copper mines of Butte, Montana, where they settled and Dad grew up. Grandpa went from mining to becoming a merchant of produce and cars in the early 20th-century Butte.

Thanks so much for writing this fine article about a part of my family’s life.

— Jim Lucey

North Las Vegas

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