COVID hooey!: ignore the virus
You mention a series of lockdowns (RN&R, July 30). What are you talking about? There were no lockdowns in the United States. We were free to leave our homes, walk to the park, take a road trip, shop at grocery stores, visit a friend’s house, play tennis, go to an animal shelter to adopt a “pandemic puppy,” get a library book via curbside pickup, etc etc etc. What lockdowns? Were there armed guards outside your door? I didn’t see any in my neighborhood. Herd immunity?? Haven’t you been paying attention? Herd immunity is not achievable. It was a red herring. COVID will always be around. Always.
The vaccines were a total bust. They don’t work in preventing transmission or infection. They wear off. Look at Biden, vaccinated, boosted, and he still got it. If anything, vaccines are causing the new variants, it’s become an evolutionary arms race. We are training the virus to adapt and defeat the vaccines. Just like there are drug resistant bacteria. Influenza will always be around too. Masks don’t work either! What a joke. If you eat or drink at a crowded indoor venue, you’re exposed to the virus. And boy, are masks ugly, oppressive, dorky looking things. Hiding behind face diapers isn’t the answer.
The answer? Just ignore the virus. I caught COVID earlier this year. I’m not vaccinated. I had a bad sore throat and temporarily lost taste and smell sense but it wasn’t a serious case. The virus ran its course. Yes it sucked, but for the average immune system, there’s a 99% recovery rate. Most deaths were in folks with underlying conditions or really old. Also, hospital ventilators killed some people.
You can wear the face diaper and think about COVID every time you leave your house, but I’m enjoying the freedom to ignore it.
— April Pederson, Reno
Applause for Edison Garcia
I have to say that the review of Reno Little Theater’s “Putnam County” by Jennifer Santina (RN&R, July 23) was a bit skewed. I agreed with many of her comments but was totally upset by the fact that she left out the amazing singing and acting performance by Edison Garcia who played the part of Mitch Mahoney. Garcia’s singing was by far the best and most professional of the cast — no false notes and great vocalization. His acting of an ex-con in repentance mode, was hilarious and very well performed. Tsk. Tsk. to have overlooked such an important actor and singer in this play!
— Phyllis Beverly, Sparks
Readers debate rent control
Rent caps aren’t a solution
Rent control (RN&R, July 29) is only a short term cure to higher rents. In the medium and long term it stifles investment in new and existing rental units thereby eroded the quality and supply of the housing stock. The solution to higher rents is for the city to support the building of more rental units thorough streamlining the development process, reducing entitlement fees, increasing density and reducing parking requirements. Rent control has never worked in the long run.
— George Graham, Reno
Rent stabilization stops gouging
The only people that believe that rent control (RN&R, July 29) is useless are the folks that don’t need it. Drive by 5599 Quail Manor Court and ask the seniors in the community why they are getting 60 day notices to move. It certainly isn’t for not paying their rent every month for the last several (some 25+) years! Our complex was purchased by a California LLC. We were previously a 55+ community. The day they took over in March 2021, they stated that they didn’t know what the future plans of the community would be. The immediately changed our community from 55+, to come one and come all without advising the current residents and raised the rent for newbies exponentially. This past January we only saw a rent increase of $100 without renewing the lease. Starting in March, they handed out eviction notices. It wasn’t just to raise the rent, but clearly by design it was to remove the old and rent to the new. Sure, they said they were renovating the units. However, we all know better. In order to move back in, we would have to complete a rental application and “qualify” just like any new renter…oh, at a much higher rate.
Rent control/affordable housing is an absolute must until a long term solution is achieved and the City/State needs to put a stop to these evictions! Clearly this problem was made worse by Hillary and her gang singing the same old song “The city does not have the authority to do anything about rent control/stabilization…” She has been singing that song for years and isn’t the truth! Now that neither mayoral candidate is interested in rent control the situation is only going to get worse. The new affordable housing units under construction are too late for many. As I see many of my neighbors being kicked out of their apartments (many of them in their 80s and 90s) including one Purple Heart Veteran, we can only thank the Mayor and her City Council members for their inaction. Nana and PaPa living on the streets. It’s a damn shame.
Ted Green, Reno
Penalize greedy developers
I absolutely support chaining ratios (RN&R, July 29). Cost of living, median income, and the rate of inflation should dictate the price of housing. Having a place to sleep that is safe and sheltered from the elements is a basic human need – not a playground for investors who see tenants as eminently exploitable.
One way to regulate the (rental) market might be increasing tax rates on landlords where there are high vacancy rates and high homeless rates. It is nonsensical to see the huge numbers of people sleeping on the street in front of enormous and empty apartment towers. There should be a penalty for developers that build things no one can afford. Communities deserve to have a symbiotic relationship with developers, one that benefits everyone. And, any developer that doesn’t want to give back to the community in which they build, who doesn’t want to pay taxes and operate respectfully should be called what they really are: Parasites.
Andrea Daerice, Reno