Readers sound off on the post office relocation, candidates and post-pandemic problems

Our mail will go missing! 

Trump appointee Louis DeJoy’s sole mission is to take down the U.S. Postal Service. This relocation of the processing center (proposed, from Reno to Sacramento) fits perfectly into the “mail in” voting issue. Oops! The ballots have been misplaced somewhere in the Sierra Nevada mountains in a snowstorm! 

Michael Mentaberry, Reno 

Reject Brekhus and Church 

This is an appeal to Washoe County voters to reject Jenny Brekhus and Jeff Church. Neither has sufficient community spirit nor the decency to do the jobs for which they were elected. 

Jenny Brekhus was last elected to the Reno City Council (Ward 1) in 2020; her term ends in 2024. Her selfishness has cost the city tens of thousands of dollars. Her past contention that she was focused on “supporting city management to strategically position the organization for success and accomplishment in all areas” is a blatant lie. The residents of Ward 1 should file a lawsuit against her to recover the money that the city has had to put forth to defend itself. 

Jeff Church was elected to the Washoe County School Board (District A) in 2020. His term ends in 2024, and he is running for re-election. He is not a team player and is therefore an ineffective co-worker. He has filed two lawsuits against the school district; by suing, he is stealing from our public schools and stealing from school children. Monies to fight these lawsuits come from the school district’s general fund, which is used to fund student programs, schools, salaries and benefits. A petition has been started on to demand his resignation. The residents of his district should file a lawsuit against him to recover the money that WCSD has had to put forth to defend itself. 

Earlene Gorzell, Reno 

The pandemic made us all myopic 

Upon reading Jimmy Boegle’s piece about things not all being better, four years after COVID-19 (RN&R, April 2024), I had a question: Before COVID-19, what did the immunocompromised do in their daily lives to protect themselves? Before masking became a symbol of those who deemed themselves the arbiters of compassion, I don’t remember society as a whole being asked to change innate behavior for the chronically ill. 

Your publisher fails to mention all the damage done by a myriad of decisions, in the name of compassion, that destroyed lives. Where were the compassionate adults while children suffered prolonged damage from learning loss and a lack of developing milestones as faces were covered for two years in public? Where was the empathy for those with diseases that could only be managed in the company of others (alcoholics, mentally ill, etc.)?  

What Jimmy Boegle and others who only see one side of hardship have taught me, as a life-long progressive who saw the pandemic with a unique set of glasses, is this: The lesson for all of us, left- or right-leaning, is to have the humility to be cogent that not just one side of a political spectrum gets the exclusive humanity to deem “who/what/where and why” is essential. 

So, I agree with Boegle—not everything post-pandemic is better. However, I think it’s prudent to look in the mirror, all of us, and come to terms with who/what/where, and why we forgot certain people while championing others in the name of “compassion.”  

Wendy Hermes, Reno