Letter to the Editor

Concerned citizens confusion

Friday, March 31, 2006

Dear Editor:

As Yogi Berra once said, "It's like deja vu all over again."

On 2/27/05, I submitted a letter to the editor informing the public about another group using our name. Here we go again!

As you know, in 2001, I was the first chairman of a group calling itself, "Concerned Citizens of Nevada." We have since changed our name to, "Concerned Citizens of Southwest Nevada."

However, we are still well known by the former name. Our group was originally formed for the purpose of opposing the plans to greatly alter South College Street. We were able to prevail on the College Street issue, thanks to thorough news coverage in the Nevada Daily Mail and on the local radio station, plus the acquisition of more than 500 signatures on our petition.

Yes, I know it is not a copyrighted name and anyone can call themselves "a concerned citizen." BUT, the before mentioned group is still using our old name.

Our group is now receiving calls from our friends and neighbors confusing us with the other group.

Therefore, the group using our old name is, in my opinion, implying that we are supporting their political agendas.

This confuses the public. If they feel that using our name helps their cause, we are flattered, just like last year. However, members of our neighborhood group (The Concerned Citizens of Southwest Nevada) have various opinions regarding the city council and the animal control issues.

Therefore, it is inappropriate for the other group to give the impression that OUR group supports ANY position, on ANY issue.

Again, just like last year, I appeal to the voters ... please do not vote for candidates that have an axe to grind AND appear to be encouraging deception for their own political advantage. How can we trust candidates that utilize such tactics? Will they continue deceptions after they get on the council and do they have hidden agendas?

THINK about that, Nevada!!!

We still need peace and harmony and a city council that believes in fair play for ALL, so that our community will continue to grow and prosper.

-- David Bishop

"a concerned citizen"