Silver Dollars & Wooden Nickels

The Nevada Appeal's Silver Dollars & Wooden Nickels feature recognizes positive achievements from the capital region and, when warranted, points out others that missed the mark.

SILVER DOLLAR: To the Carson City Board of Supervisors, for doing the right thing by putting the City Center Project's quarter-cent tax increase on the November ballot. For a project that has generated such deeply held views on both sides, this is a matter for the people to decide.

WOODEN NICKEL: To the elm seed bug, an invasive species that has somehow hitchhiked from south-central Europe to our part of the country and which has been detected in southwestern Idaho. Federal authorities are investigating how the creatures got here.

SILVER DOLLAR: To performing-arts groups in Carson City, for giving the community a cornucopia of pleasant diversions. Whether you're a fan of ballet, jazz, children's theater or Senior Follies, the offerings these days can only serve to enrich the quality of life. Performers, directors, stage hands and publicists, take a bow!

Silver Dollar: To the Nugget, for donating $2,000 to the Carson area chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America in its effort to bring the Traveling Memorial Wall to the city this fall.

The casino held a Bingo event in May to support the group, which hopes to raise a total of $10,000 to have the mobile tribute to the war's fallen soldiers at Mill Park during the inaugural celebration of Battle Born Days from Oct. 25-28.

Said the chapter leader Rick Arnold last week: "The casino has always been there for Nevada veterans and for us, no matter what."

We think that the memorial wall would be a poignant and powerful reminder at Battle Born Days of the ultimate sacrifice made in the name of freedom.

If you'd like to learn more about the memorial wall effort, visit


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