Maybe It 's because I am not a twit that uses Twitter that I don't understand the way Twitter lets some tweets through and blocks or warns about others including those from President Trump. Like many I have concerns about (un)social media and its ability to spread views too easily including many that I find offensive, racism for example or wrong such as the vaccination opponents or plain stupid as shown by those that think 5G or Bill Gates are involved in the spread of COVID-19. The greatest value of a strong democracy is that it allows for a wide range of viewpoints even those that are clearly wrong.
From this logic I am confused by Twitter's blocking or blurring of President Trump's warning about the use of "Serious force" if there is an autonomous zone set up in Washington D.C. Although there is a warning that this tweet refers to "Abusive Behaviour" you can still proceed to the tweet and read it in full - it's like a wet paint warning which will actually encourage people to touch the surface. Surely if Twitter finds this inappropriate then it should remove it rather than the meek response this warning provides.
The problem with this is that people have the apparent right to make incorrect or offensive statements but there is little clarity as to what can actually be banned. Twitter is working on this but there is a long way to go and the basic problem is what is offensive to some may be the view supported by others.
It seems that President Trump, although not a great fan of Twitter is a prolific user. He is a staunch defender of the freedom of speech as he said "We're here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers it has faced in American history" (May 28, 2020) when he signed an executive order and yet he is apparently trying to stop his niece from writing a book about the family. It is easy to assume that the book will not be positive as steps are being made to ban it.
The first amendment has much to say on press freedom, "..no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.." and Presidents have sworn to "to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States". I am confused.
Few countries, or even people are perfect, but most aspire to be the best they can be. Some don't!
I am proud of the residents of Carlin who have taken the time to complete the census. Carlin’s response rate has tripled since the beginning of June and is now at 37%! This deserves some recognition! Way-to-go, Carlin! Yet, there is still work to be done. More than half of Carlin still needs to be counted and I am hopeful our rural community can change this.
The census, which is required by the United States Constitution since 1790, will determine representation and funding for our community for the next ten years. It is vital that everyone is counted. For every person who is counted, Nevada can receive $20,000 over the next decade to help us be healthy, safe and educated. So many of us in Carlin depend on programs who use census data to inform their decisions. Some examples include Water and Waste Disposal systems for rural communities, health care, childcare, and nutrition services for senior citizens.
As of now, the United States Census Bureau has launched their Update Leave operation in Elko County. Many Elko County residents will start receiving hand-delivered Census forms to residences that either do not have mail delivered to the physical location of the home, or the mail delivery information for the residence cannot be verified, beginning in May and continuing through July, maybe even August. This process helps ensure all Nevadans especially in Elko County and rural areas alike not only have the information, but the tools to be counted. Be on the lookout for those forms!
The census is important, safe and easy. If you have not already done so, please complete it. Go online to census.nv.gov, call (844) 330-2020, or mail in your paper form. Rural Nevada matters. The future of Carlin is counting on us!
While the media continues to focus on when and how a COVID-19 vaccine will become available, we, as citizens, continue to adjust to the “new normal” with each new phase of reopening.
This "normalcy" though must include protecting our children and our future from diseases that have devastated the human race in the past. Many media outlets have reported on essential businesses, workers, and the availability of essentials, but have neglected to bring awareness to the importance of continuing to receive scheduled vaccines. Thus, parents concerned about exposing their children to an unknown virus shied away from medical providers preventing protection and continued herd immunity from diseases such as polio, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria.
It has recently been reported that Nevada has undergone a 64% reduction in routine childhood vaccinations since March of this year. As parents strove to do the right thing by protecting their children from exposure to a coronavirus, they inadvertently may have put loved ones at risk.
Many in Nevada may not be aware that pharmacists are able to administer more than just flu and pneumonia shots– including many routine childhood vaccinations. Adults and seniors may easily update their vaccinations to meet current Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.
Often with more convenient hours than a doctor’s office and no appointment required, local pharmacists provide a convenient – and safe – option for receiving needed vaccinations.
So, while we, as a society, wait patiently for protection against this new virus, we can each do our part to ensure that other diseases do not make a comeback by continuing to receive age appropriate vaccinations.
So who is really wearing the mask? The Governor is masquerading as a Dictator. Masks serve more than one purpose. They divide us. They categorize us, making us all appear uniform, much like the uniforms required in Communist countries. They hide our emotions so we can't communicate as humans. They represent an effort to silence us. They remind us we are prisoners under control of the State. They demean our individuality. There is no evidence they protect anyone except these tyrants controlling us, through unlawful orders we suddenly must obey. There is an agenda behind Sisolak's mandatory masks. Power, control, and the confiscation of your life, property, business and individuality, under the guise of protecting you. Fear this and fight back, as they are coming for all of your God given rights, with their mobs and the power you let them take. This organized effort to destroy the fundamental foundation of our Country is at stake. Stand now to take our power back, or your rights taken, will never be returned. Masks provide cover for criminals. They run wild with mob mentality and no fear of consequences. They invoke "laws" without our permission. They decide who is punished, and so far it's the law abiding, hard working, tax paying citizen that funds their reign over us. This is not who we are. Do not let it be what we become.
On May 27, 2020, the Western Folklife Center Board of Trustees made in all likelihood the most difficult decision any governing body would have to make. After significant discussion and by a unanimous vote, the Trustees voted to cancel the 2021 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering due to obvious health and safety concerns as well as uncertainty regarding financial risk surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Many Trustees have attended the annual event for decades. We reside in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Texas, Idaho, and Virginia. Five of us are local Elko County residents.
While we are a diverse group of poets, artists, folklorists, craftsmen, ranchers, and people with traditional business backgrounds, we share one overriding passion—and that is to ensure the Gathering endures for our next generation. There is no playbook for this pandemic, other than guidelines issued by federal, state, and local officials. Given the safety, health, financial and potential reputational risks associated with moving forward into this uncertainty, the Board made a prudent decision.
In our deliberation, the Board clearly recognized the impact cancellation would have on the local community, including those who have supported the Gathering financially. We reviewed three operating scenarios, all of which showed the Folklife Center losing substantial money (from $280,000 to up to $1.2 million) by proceeding ahead and trying to hold the Gathering. As just one consideration, current State of Nevada guidance prohibits live performances with spectators. Gatherings of up to 50 people wearing masks are, however, allowed. We took a look at what revenue could be expected with guideline limitations, using an optimistic assumption that performances might be possible with smaller audiences next January 2021. The Pioneer Building G Three Bar Theater normally, with a full house, nets about $10,000 per show. With social distancing guidelines, however, that number drops to less than $1,700 In revenue. The numbers just do not work for a non-profit organization that essentially breaks even every year.
The Western Folklife Center is exceptionally fortunate to have been supported by not just the Elko County community, but folks from all over who see the Gathering after 36 years as a national treasure. Unlike many non-profits, we are blessed with an endowment that helps us underwrite years where maybe things do not go as well as planned. But to be clear, the Board has a fiduciary duty and governance responsibility that can be shared with no other person, business, or government organization. Losing up to one-half of the endowment in one year by deciding to proceed in the face of uncertainty is simply irresponsible.
We understand that some of our local supporters do not like the decision and for that we can only say we are sorry. This is balanced by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received from artists, members and attendees. One group of 38 patrons from the Salt Lake City area attends just about every year. This group purchased $10,000 worth of tickets in 2020 and no one has expressed anything but relief at the news of the cancellation. While we are sympathetic to the impact this will have on the Elko economy, we must give priority consideration to the health and safety of our patrons, employees and volunteers.
Our sincere hope is that this pandemic is addressed by the scientific and medical community and government clears a path to normalcy in due time. We are fully committed to the 2022 Gathering and the benefits it will bring to Elko County.
The Elko County Board of Commissioners expresses its extreme disappointment with the decision to cancel the in-person January 2021 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. We formally and respectfully request that the Board of Trustees reconsider this decision and work with Elko County, the City of Elko, the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority, Elko Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and the vast number of volunteers to stage this premier event in Elko in January 2021.
We understand concern regarding COVID-19 issues, but remind you that various events including sports and other performances are being planned across the country with additional safeguards for public health. We also suggest that advance contracts and reservations can be crafted to allow for public health considerations or interruptions.
We have been approached by individuals, businesses and groups requesting the opportunity to go forward with some sort of event without the Western Folklife Center participation if necessary. The Gathering has become vitally important to our local businesses and will be an absolute lifesaver this time, following the Year of the Pandemic and the associated shutdowns. We do not want to do so, but must consider the option. It is our strongest preference that the Western Folklife Center reconsider and work with local entities to continue this important annual event in Elko. We understand there is no way we can duplicate the professionalism of the Folklife Center, but we can organize something to draw people to Elko, have a good time and give our businesses the economic shot-in-the-arm they need in the dead of winter.
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering enjoys national and international recognition and acclaim. The Western Folklife Center along with strong local business and individual support have earned that respect and admiration. We firmly believe that in-person, live performances, seminars and classes as well as expansion of opportunities for an on-line audience are avenues for growth of the annual Gathering. Again, we respectfully request reconsideration to allow the 2021 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering plans to proceed.
Demar Dahl, Chair
Elko County Commission
CC: Western Folklife Center Board of Trustees
Kristin Windbigler, Western Folklife Center Executive Director
Reese Keener, Elko City Mayor
Katie Neddenriep, Elko Convention and Visitor Authority Executive Director
I have participated in the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for over thirty years and I am disappointed that the event has been canceled for next year. But I applaud the Director and the Board of Trustees for exercising common sense in regards to the potential exposure to COVID-19 as it continues to spike as I write.
Drawing a worldwide audience, the prospect of the Gathering, with all its hugs and handshakes, becoming a mini-epicenter for the virus must be avoided at all costs. Even in normal years, I leave Elko with some sort of bug—one year it was pneumonia. The NCPG has become Robbin’s and my one vacation from the ranch, but envisioning us all in masks seems a ludicrous alternative where there are no guarantees that performers and audience would even attend. The real risks to the health of the audience, performers, volunteers and the staff of the WFC cannot be ignored.
Economically, we’ve all taken a hit due to COVID-19, especially those of us in the cattle business. As a former Board member, I know that the Western Folklife Center doesn’t generate enough money from ticket sales to cover its costs and depends heavily on grants and donations to carry on from one year to the next. I understand that local merchants depend on their monetary injection during the Gathering. All of us have been impacted by the virus. For the sake of the Poetry Gathering, let’s support good sense to keep those impacts to a minimum.
During these scary times when people are leery about leaving their homes to shop, let alone “shop local” to support our local businesses, I find it a little surprising that quite a few local businesses are not requiring their employees to wear face masks.
I would think this would be a priority for all businesses that want their customers to feel safer when shopping. Unfortunately I will be rethinking where I continue to shop now.
I’ve never felt compelled to express my opinions publicly, but a formal retort is necessary after reading our Mayor’s tone-deaf letter. As an Elkoan, I’ve never been more disappointed by the words of a community leader. It misses the mark greatly about what is actually happening across our great nation.
The events that we are witnessing are the results of decades of police brutality and systemic injustice. This is not a liberal or conservative issue, nor is it a progressive movement being carried out by “paid activists.” These protests are led by real folks seeking reforms to a broken system.
I will concede there has been a lot of destruction of property but many of these protests are peaceful. However, I would argue that destruction of property is an effective vehicle for advancing social or political causes (i.e. The Boston Tea Party.)
Fighting injustice is the epitome of being an American, our nation was literally born because of it. The only dystopian thing we’re witnessing during these protests is the unleashing of militarized police forces onto swathes of American citizens exercising their Constitutional right.
Lastly, the “Thin Blue Line” may exist in Elko, but that is not the case for most of the country. Law enforcement has repeatedly violated that social construct for decades, hence the protests that we see today. We can’t have a civilized and orderly community when police are killing the folks they are sworn to serve and protect.
Defund the Police is not a movement to abolish all law enforcement. Our society can not exist without those brave men and women. It is a call for reform and accountability to ensure that the system works for all citizens. Our nation is capable of both respecting police officers and reforming the system.
Elko, like MANY towns across this country, has had protests that actually WERE peaceful. No buildings were burned, no windows smashed, no looting and NO blood spilled.
I know we aren't the only ones who believe in law and order. Right now we have law officers all across the country that have been damned and spit on. Those officers have been pelted with stones, bottles and bricks. Some have also been KILLED.
I can't help but ask, where is the outrage for those who've suffered, officers and citizens alike? We have officers here in Elko that I really appreciate as I'm sure most of us do .... can we get together as a town and show them our appreciation?
Everyone tried hard to show solidarity for the medical workers, for the store workers, truckers, meatpackers, gas stations but not law officers. Why not, they were and ARE essential.
For myself, I try to let them know whenever I see them working, but a COMMUNITY gesture would be nice. The whole town came together to try to provide our graduates with a ceremony. Let's do something together for our officers, city, county and the like.
Is there someone who has the chutzpah to spearhead this?
A well deserved thanks to the National Guard, Department of Emergency Management, and the Elko Covid Response Team for the competent organization of the Covid-19 testing station at the Elko Convention Center.
The well designated lanes, friendly responses and directions guided us through the test in optimum time. I urge everyone to get this test to further add to the control of the horrible virus.
I support the lawful protest about George Floyd’s death and feel that the murder charge is warranted but if black lives matter why don’t police lives matter also? When was the last time that there were protest, riots or memorials over the murder of a police officer? It doesn’t matter if it is black on black ,black on white, white on white, or white on black, the death of any officer is a tragedy regardless of the color of their skin and there have been many.
The vast majority of police officers conduct their behavior without prejudice yet how often at a parade honoring a fallen officer do you see nothing but fellow police officers. It’s no wonder the thin blue line has chosen to close ranks and become insular when they don’t sense support but animosity from the public.
Police officers do not become officers to die in the line of duty and have a responsibility to their wives and children to stay alive. Stories of officers who were perhaps too trusting and are shot are given a passing notice by the public but resonate within the force.
We need justice in the George Floyd murder to root out bad cops and discrimination but we also need justice in the sense that just as black lives matter police lives matter also.
I'm endorsing Clint Koble for Nevada's 2nd Congressional District and I want to tell you why.
I've known Clint for three years now and he's made many trips to Elko from his home in Reno to listen and learn about our community. It shows he cares enough to drive all the way out here time after time with a smile on his face and a positive attitude. He's probably the hardest working guy I've met in politics.
More than the fact that Clint is a decent, likable guy, he has helped thousands of people in northern Nevada. For years, he provided counseling for rural entrepreneurs to start and expand their small businesses. In 2008, he facilitated a community assessment in Wells that literally transformed the town, after the devastating earthquake.
Clint also spent almost 8 years as the State Director of the Nevada Farm Service Agency of the USDA. Clint grew up on a farm himself, so he knows how to work well with farmers, ranchers, and Native American producers, especially during the drought years of 2011- 2014.
Clint is the perfect Democrat to represent CD-2 because he understands rural values and culture. For example, Clint believes in commonsense gun reform. He himself is a gun owner -- he isn't coming to take your guns away. He supports background checks, and other commonsense measures that balance civil liberty and public safety.
Clint's reason for running is simple: he's running for Congress because he loves Nevada, and truly wants to help the people of our state. Nevada is home to him, and knowing Clint, he will fight for any home he loves. That's what he's made of.
He told me the other day that our reality is shattered because of COVID-19, that tomorrow will not look like today. That we have to put aside our differences, roll up our shirtsleeves and rebuild our country from the ground up if we are going to step forward. He said it will be tough, but Nevadans are Battle Born and have "got this."
I encourage you to support Clint Koble. Check out his website at www.kobleforcongress.com — you can even give him a call using the number on his website to talk to him directly. Good leaders are good listeners, and I know that Clint would love to hear from you.
I'm writing to give my support to Rex Steninger for Elko County Commissioner.
I was born and raised in Jiggs, NV and a 4th generation rancher. Rex has been a family friend, fellow rancher, and supporter of the rural areas for as long as I can remember. I have always known Rex to be a man of his word.
Rex supports the Elko County Fire District and is on the committee that has helped raise money for new volunteer fire stations and replacement of old equipment for the volunteers.
I am the JVFD Fire Chief and have fought fire for 35 years. It is always nice to know that Rex has the backs of the volunteers. My vote is for REX STENINGER FOR ELKO COUNTY COMMISSIONER.
I present a humble thanks to the wonderful folks who helped me sincerely during a recent crisis in my life.
First off, let me explain that I have COPD and I am a type-2 insulin diabetic having to take insulin twice a day and in accordance to Health Officials I am at severe risk if exposed to COVID-19 but back on April 9th my whole world changed and my health issues mattered not.
So I thank good-hearted people who stepped forward to help me move, at first from motel to motel, a lot of work and for me it was a sincere sadness full of heart-wrenching depression but I got through it.
Thank you, Mr. Jesse, and to your wife, to Dave, Sandy and Jessie, to Mr. Stan, to the wonderful folks from Meals On Wheels to the motels such as Baymont, all great and wonderful folks indeed and yes, thank you FISH.
With great respect thank you to the person from C.C., the wonderful person from I.T.C.N. and the sincere person from E.B.C., these folks helped me when I had no hope in my heart.
Also, thank you I.H.S. for locating and getting all my breathing meds and diabetic meds and insulin to me.
And although my place is temporary it is still a place I can call home and at least it took me off the street and no I won’t dwell on the dreadful incident that overwhelmed me with severe hurt, sadness, loneliness and depression, it is over.
Thank you E.B.C. and to all of the council members, I appreciate sincerely your help, assistance and aid to further do what most will descend upon you for with disrespect but in my humble opinion you helped keep an Elder off the streets.
38 years I lived on the Elko Indian Colony, 45 years I have made Elko my home, in my own opinion, Elko is my “Hometown”, the Elko Indian Colony is all I will ever know.
The Elko High School Baseball Program would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who supported the 2020 season despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The program would like to send out a special thanks to following:
Zeller Recreation, Tire Services Unlimited, Global Mining Products, High Mark Construction, Inland Industrial Tire North, Gallagher Ford, Arnold Beck Construction, Elko Federal Credit Union, The Star Hotel, Elko Tool and Fastener, La Fiesta, Neff's Diesel Repair and Performance, Dusty Shipp-Shipp Group Realty, Las Brisas, Telescope Lanes, Natural Nutrition Health Food Store, Elko Spine and Rehabilitation, Pete Jones Masonry, Total Eyecare, Elko Glass Service, Taco Time, Boss Tanks, E-Z Cash Payday and Title Loans, Machis Bar and Grill, Montrose Glass, Pizza Barn, NNE Construction, Kidwell and Gallagher, David M. White & Associates, Sherwood Chiropractic, Blooms and Grooms, LP Insurance, Sisters Food Service, H and H Auto, The Mane Salon, Hot Rods Detailing, Cooks Fire Oven and Grill, Battleborn Custom Fabrication, Janet Pescio Performance Athletic Club, and US Bank.
Again, on behalf of the Elko High School Baseball program we would like to thank all individuals and businesses that supported our players during this difficult time. We remind everyone to continue to be safe, and we look forward to seeing you on the field during the upcoming season.
I encourage Elko County voters to support Rex Steninger in the June 9 Primary Election. If Rex has not been doing a good job, you would not be reading these words. My motivation is the long term security of our county, I know how critical it is to have thoughtful decision makers lead our county. We need leaders who will listen to all sides of the issue and then make decisions that will not just be beneficial to the short term but also the next 50 years.
We all know it is easy to spend someone else’s money, especially the tax dollars we all pay. Rex is a careful and thoughtful steward of these precious dollars. Tough decisions have to be made if Elko County taxpayers don’t want to see a tax increase. Priorities set by a conservative outlook and a small government mindset are the qualities we need to support.
Rex has been doing a good job and I encourage Elko voters to join me in marking their ballots for Rex and getting them in the mail.
I have known and worked with County Commissioner Rex Steninger since they owned and operated the Elko Daily Free Press. As a Nevada State Assemblyman, we have worked on many important issues together such as land and water rights. Rex has proven to be a voice of the people and has a great open-door policy. Rex is always willing to stand up for the people he represents no matter what the issue is. Therefore, I am endorsing and supporting Rex Steninger for re-election. Please join me on June 9 to help re-elect Rex Steninger for Elko County Commission.
Speech to the Spring Creek High School senior class
I am grateful for the opportunity to have been your principal, even though our school year was cut short. During such a challenging time for you seniors as the battle against a silent enemy wore on, you rose up and took on this adverse time with grace and courage. Many senior moments were taken from you and rather than complain about these missed memories you were tenacious.
It has always been said that through adverse times true character is shown and you, the class of 2020, have shown the meaning of true character. Let the lessons of the past guide your future, and your perseverance during a difficult time be your foundation for your next steps as you enter the next chapter of your life.
When you leave here tonight, look around…. appreciate what you had, what you have, nothing will be the same, take a picture, soak in the memory, amazing changes are coming your way. Keep people in your life that will change it for the better. Enjoy the little things, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things. You decide how far you want to go. If you reach your goal, make a bigger goal. If you reach the top of the mountain, find a bigger mountain.
I am proud of you and look forward to seeing what the future holds for you...class of 2020 you will never be forgotten.
The Sixth Commandment of God found in Exodus 20:13 states, “Thou shalt not kill.” With this commandment from God, the sin of murder is explicitly laid out by God as being totally unacceptable. I cannot state strongly enough that what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota is a complete abomination and cannot in any way, shape, or form be condoned.
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assembly, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance.” In short, this amendment protects our right to freedom of religion, speech, the press, and to assembly peaceably.
The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the Unites States say, “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” One of the key elements of this amendment is the protection of private property rights.
In the past week, protests have broken out throughout the United States. The right of protesters to assembly and freely speak about the murder of George Floyd cannot be denied; however, what we have seen with these protests in many cities, including Reno, Nevada has crossed the line of what our First Amendment protects. There can be no question that the people assembling to protest are no longer doing this peaceably. City, county, state, and federal facilities, businesses, apartment complexes, and historical monuments are being destroyed. The looting that is going on is a total disgrace. The private property rights protected by the Fifth Amendment are being trampled on.
The taxpayers and small business are the backbone of our communities and of Americans as a whole. There can be no denying that those who participate in the destruction of property during these riots benefit from the hard work of our taxpayers and business owners. These are the very people who provide jobs and pay for all of the social services that our citizens receive, social services that help many of those who are destroying that very property that makes their lives as American citizens the greatest human civilization has ever known.
I do not envy the situation that our law enforcement, military, and first responders are being thrust into. With each passing moment of my life, I respect and admire the service that they provide to our citizens more and more. I pray that all of my fellow Nevadans will show that same respect and admiration. The balancing act that they are forced to achieve in our current climate between protecting the First Amendment rights of our citizens versus the protection of private property rights is not one that should be so blatantly forced upon them. I implore every single protester to exercise your right to freedom of speech and to exercise your right to assembly, but you must do so peaceably.
The blatant disrespect being shown to our first responders that are being attacked is atrocious. Throughout the country, we have sent in the National Guard to defend the public, yet we are not allowing them to defend themselves, our citizens, or private property at large. I long for America to become American again. The COVID-19 epidemic showed everyone the greatness of Americans to come together across the vast lands that make up our country. The riots and looting in our cities show the evil side of our society. We must allow our law enforcement and National Guard to end this rioting and looting. We cannot tolerate the destruction of our cities. Our citizens will rise up and rebuild our cities as we have done time and time before. Those individuals who are financing the rioters shall be held accountable for the damages and shall be incarcerated as well. The President of the United States will seek and hold those responsible for these actions. We must stand behind our president, our law enforcement, and our first responders. If necessary, they will be called upon to fight force with force. I pray we do not see these rioters put our brave men and women on the front lines into this position.
The battle between goodness and evil is eternal and, in the end, the light shall prevail. I know that better times are ahead for America and for Nevada. 2020 has proven to be one of our most difficult years, but in the end faith, God, and the United States shall prevail, and we will see a better Nevada after this current darkness passes.
I have had the good fortune to serve with Rex Steninger on the Elko County Commission for the past five and a half years. Elko County has had and continues to have a history of being a politically conservative county which has given us who live here much of the freedom that we enjoy today. Rex and his family have been an important part of that history and keeping Elko County what it is today.
As important decisions are made by the County Commission, the Commissioners determine the direction for the county. We can count ourselves lucky that Rex is representing us on the Commission. I encourage you to join me in voting for Rex to continue to serve on the Commission.