Letter: Criticism of Elks valid

Sandee Samoska's letter ("Elks story one-sided, distorted," Sept. 9 KDM) regarding Hubble Ray Smith's article regarding the Elk's Lodge in Kingman was, in my opinion, unfair and misguided. It appears that Sandee is unaware of the days when the Elks Lodge had excellent food, excellent service, and large numbers at its Friday evening dinners with a band. Kingman Elks Lodge can be restored as are evidenced by the large numbers who eat at the Elks Lodge in Havasu. Furthermore, the article did reference that there are those who are making a sincere effort to restore the food quality and service to a level of excellence that once existed at the Kingman Elk's Lodge, including Tasha Creek, manager.

As an Elk member, I am very disappointed that Exalted Ruler Ken Coombs resigned. In my opinion, he and his wife were making a great effort to restore the Elks Lodge to its "glory days." It is a significant topic of interest in this community for reason of the significance of the Elks Lodge. I can only wish that my wife Rita and I had more time to have helped Ken Coombs in his efforts. However, with other responsibilities, we could not at the time he was asking for help and support in his efforts and the efforts of others.

Furthermore, to suggest that reporter Hubble Ray Smith should not have written an article regarding the Elks is, in my opinion, a disservice. As to my remarks, they were in response to Mr. Smith's contact and questions, with my believing that he deserved the courtesy of answers to his inquiry. As to the scope of who he contacted or those who were willing to speak, that is his determination as the reporter.

Richard Basinger

Kingman