By Sam Dehné (former Airline Pilot, and citizen)
The Reno Airport Authority of Washoe County and their Carte Blanche airport expansion policies are the primary reasons Reno citizens are suffering a terrible reduction in quality of life.
Is the Reno Airport guilty of Disturbance of Peace and Assault and Battery on tens of 1,000's of innocent citizens?
Fact: The airlines are allowed to be noisy and dangerous pollution promulgators.
At Reno, when an airline wants in, the Airport does not put any noise restrictions on operations. The airlines don't even have to show they will stay within noise guidelines.
Why? Because, effectively (at Reno) there aren't any.
The airlines can fly any type of noise polluting airplanes they want. All the Casino Airport asks is that they pay their landing fees and bring in lots of gamblers to fleece.
The airlines can use full noise-polluting power all the time; even though full power is rarely required.
The airlines don't have to adhere to any curfew rules... as can be attested to by the tens of 1,000's of citizens who are rudely awakened all hours of the night.
Thus the question begs answering: Is the Reno Airport guilty of condoning and participating in:
Disturbing the Peace: "Interruption of the peace, quiet, and good order of a neighborhood or community, particularly by unnecessary and distracting noises."
Assault: "Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury upon the person of another, when coupled with the apparent present ability so to do, and any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm, constitutes an assault. An assault may be committed without actually touching, or striking or doing bodily harm."
Battery: "The unlawful application of force to the person of another."
Take your pick. Consider this: If somebody sat outside your home and blared a horn or played loud music, you would/could/should object to Law Enforcement, and that person would be charged with one of these offenses and be ordered to cease and desist... and probably punished. Why is the Reno Airport allowed to get away with these crimes?
When are Citizens' Rights going to be recognized?
When is the Reno Airport going to be held accountable?
When is the Reno city council going to accept their responsibility?
When are Nevada's governor, its senators, and its congresspeople going to be held accountable?
And isn't it way past time for the District Attorney, Police Chief, and Sheriff to be investigating these crimes?
On a given day, there are 210 crimes of Reno Airport Disturbance of Peace and Assault and Battery on dozens of 1,000s of innocent citizens.
One of these days the rest of the Citizens are going to say, "Enough is Enough!"

The City of Reno would be crazy to allow a blightful project like all these proposed Downtown Casino fiascos... without a city-wide honest vote of citizens.
1. What about the long-time small casinos that made Reno "the biggest little city in the world"? They are in grave danger of extinction with something like this. Harolds Club and the Mapes... Gone!
2. What about impact fees? Citizens are tired of paying for the pestulence caused by these schemes. Everytime a new casino opens, people are stuck with more gangs, bad roads, noise pollution, and crime.
3. Is this just another pipe dream... like Stupak's rocket ride? Remember, he had the Reno Council of clowns hanging on every word.
The truth is, folks, your valley is FULL. There is only so much air, water... and patience. But there ARE plenty of greedy FAT CATS.

Just don't do it!

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