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LETTERS: NV Energy's proposed rate structure unfair to rooftop solar customers

The article on the National Clean Energy Summit quotes all the President Barack Obama catchphrases that seem to support residential rooftop solar systems for Nevada homeowners ("Obama talks clean energy at summit," Aug. 25 Review-Journal). The article states in part that Sen. Harry Reid said he wasn't satisfied with the current rooftop solar energy model used by NV Energy.

EDITORIAL: New NSHE report provides Klaich cover for rewritten report

Hey, look! The Nevada System of Higher Education released a report funded by taxpayers! Of course, this report wouldn't have been necessary if the system had released a previous report funded by taxpayers. Or if the members of the Nevada Board of Regents were interested in addressing obvious efforts by Chancellor Dan Klaich and his staff to protect their office from outside criticism and governance reforms that would have reduced their power — and perhaps made colleges better.

EDITORIAL: Drone industry must address collision risks

The unmanned aerial vehicle industry could create more than 100,000 U.S. jobs, with an economic impact of $82 billion within 10 years, according to a study prepared for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Those positions will include everything from computer software development to engineering, manufacturing and piloting.

Nevada's Education Savings Accounts imperil public education

Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Nevada's public education system 50th in the nation. This is no surprise. Our state has been at the bottom in education for at least a decade. According to the most recent Nation's Report Card, Nevada's school funding system is the nation's worst.

LETTERS: Dropping Dash Pass a dumb decision

The headline on John L. Smith's Dash Pass column read, "DMV's Dash Pass penalized poor, less tech-savvy" (July 25 Review-Journal online). If that headline were expanded, it might have read, "DMV's Dash Pass penalized poor, less tech-savvy, so instead we will cancel the service and penalize those who are up to date with current and affordable technology." After all, who doesn't have a cellphone these days?

LETTERS: Education Savings Accounts won't help poor families

Reading state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer's statement about the Education Savings Accounts lawsuit left me amazed ("ACLU sues to block education accounts," Friday Review-Journal). Nevada's assistant Senate majority leader said "the ACLU wants to go back to a system of hard zoning, forcing poor and minority students into chronically failing schools and furthering cycles of generational poverty."

Protect Gold Butte, before visitors overrun it

When U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials arrived at the dedication site of the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway in June 1989, they were met by a line of peaceful protesters from the Moapa Band of Paiutes. The Paiutes were deeply concerned about the road. An official byway meant increased access, more motorized vehicles and the potential for disrespect and destruction of sites that are part of the Moapa Paiutes' cultural heritage.

LETTERS: Undocumented immigrant numbers woefully underestimated

I am tired of politicians, government bureaucrats and undocumented immigrant advocates (not to mention news organizations) continually stating that the number of undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States is "11 million to 12 million." The Social Contract Press published a 2007 article in which the Los Angeles Times cited the number of undocumented immigrants living in the country at the time as between 8 million and 12 million.

LETTERS: McDonald the new 'Teflon Don'

Regarding John L. Smith's column, I am just curious as to whether Michael McDonald will donate his body to science to study when he dies ("McDonald's loan role looking more clear," Tuesday Review-Journal). This man's skin has to be made of Teflon.