Coverage of local political races important


To the editor:

It was with some pleasure that I finally read a story about the 3rd Congressional District race between Rep. Dina Titus and Joe Heck (Sunday Review-Journal).

Your paper has been full of stories about the Reid-Angle U.S. Senate race. You've had a story every now and then about the governor's race. But very little has been written about the congressional race and the important local races.

If you do not offer regular coverage of the local races, how are we the electors to understand the issues directly impacting our lives?

As a subscriber, I depend on the press to offer coverage of the local political races. Please do a better job on this part of your duty.

MARC GONZALEZ

LAS VEGAS

Feel-good nonsense

To the editor:

In response to your Saturday editorial, "Making progress?":

I say, "Amen." Particularly the part about shutting down the U.S. Department of Education, which we have President Jimmy Carter to thank for. Shutting down the U.S. Department of Education will in turn collapse the largest lobby in D.C. -- the teacher unions. Then, maybe we can get back to actually teaching our children reading, writing, history, arithmetic and science.

You know, those basic skills one needs to actually succeed in this world, rather than all those feel-good, nonsense courses that are currently being taught.

Government unions are one of the major causes of the deterioration of this country.

LAYNA WOODS

LAS VEGAS

Big government

To the editor:

In his Aug. 5 letter, "Eat the rich," David Adams has zeroed in on the wrong target.

Does he think that the bonuses paid to executives benefit only the executives? My question: What was the tax bite paid, and where did it go? If Mr. Adams thinks the taxes paid were used as wisely as the after-tax portion of the bonuses, he's in for a big disappointment.

You'd better bet your sweet bippy that whatever the after-tax amount, it was reinvested in the private sector. It makes no difference if the after-tax funds were used to hire a housekeeper, buy a yacht, buy an airplane or to capitalize the development of a new product -- the result was private-sector jobs.

Any funds kept out of the hands of the government will result in stronger economic activity. The fact that government produces nothing other than policies that are detrimental to a growing economy cannot be ignored.

Pardon me if I question the judgment of anyone who believes Congress can be fiscally responsible. The facts are in. All that's necessary is to look at the growth in the national debt over the past 20 years. How's that working out for you, your children and your grandchildren?

RICHARD FROST

MINDEN

Eye poke

To the editor:

In a recent commentary, The Washington Post's Richard Cohen writes about the controversy over building a mosque in the proximity of the fallen Twin Towers. The headline asks, "Why not?"

I can answer Mr. Cohen's question easily. I wonder if, during the recurring reruns on 9/11, Mr. Cohen also saw the news broadcasts showing Muslim women dancing and ululating in joy and celebration of the event that slaughtered 3,000 people of varying nationalities and religions.

It is my belief that the idea of naming this mosque "Cordoba House Islamic Center" (Cordoba being a Christian city in a Christian country today) is to intentionally remind us that they once ruled a good part of the civilized world and that, with time, will do so again. While not all Muslims are jihadists, from much I read a new caliphate is within the dreams of many.

We are a secular nation, and no segment of a religious community that has proved itself our sworn enemy should be allowed to use, what is to Americans, sacred ground in furthering their dreams of a religious empire.

My answer to your question, Mr. Cohen, is that they want to stick their collective fingers in our eye on their way to those dreams.

HELEN RICHMAN

LAS VEGAS

Watch out for none

To the editor:

Voters be warned. During this all-important mid-term election of 2010, Nevada offers a "None of These Candidates" choice for some races, including the U.S. Senate. Please beware: A vote for "None of These" in our U.S. Senate race might as well be a vote for Harry Reid.

Even if the "None of These" category received more votes, the actual candidate with the most votes would still win the election.

The Review-Journal's last poll showed Harry Reid at 46 percent, Sharron Angle at 44 percent and "None of These" with 3 percent. Get my point?

In addition, be aware that Jon Scott Ashjian of the Tea Party could end up on the ballot. If he does, please note he is not endorsed or associated with the national Tea Party movement. A vote for Mr. Ashjian is also taking votes from Ms. Angle and could push Sen. Reid over the top.

This election should be a referendum on Sen. Reid.

This mid-term election of 2010 is the most important election of this country's history. If you want to help stop the political agenda of this current left-wing administration, we can all start by dumping Sen. Reid.

NORMAN E. CARUTHERS

LAS VEGAS

 

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