Cutting education yields diminishing returns

To the editor:

In response to B. Walsh's Saturday letter to the editor on proposed pay cuts for teachers, I would like to remind the author that the Clark County School District is approximately 400 teachers short at the moment, that we anticipate that several hundred teachers may retire or leave to teach elsewhere and that several new schools are planned to open next year. That said, I would suggest that we have an increasing need for this occupation.

I do empathize with the author, and I am sorry to read you have lost 20 percent of your income. Your company is, no doubt, accountable to its stockholders.

My stockholders are the parents of this district, and they are not pleased with the return they are getting on their investment. Clark County continues to be the fifth-largest school district in the country. Unfortunately, we also continue to be almost last in education, partly because many of my colleagues have more than 40 students in a class. I respectfully submit to you that those numbers are not a successful formula for effective education.

Education always was and always will be the most effective asset anyone can bring to the job market. Unless it becomes a priority in Nevada, our children will be doomed to accept minimum-wage jobs.

Frank Russo


Where are the cuts?

To the editor:

The federal budget now under consideration shows year-to-year growth of 8 percent, with the 8,000 earmarks accounting for about 1 percent of the total budget. Our self-righteous politicians pander to the voters with their indignation over their earmarks, but they really should be addressing how to reduce the overall budget in these hard economic times.

Henry Schmid


Check your definition

To the editor:

Another new neighborhood is being inconvenienced by a decades-old shooting club? ("Shooting club gets five-year extension," Thursday Review-Journal.)

Now Howard Hughes Corp. spokesman Tom Warden says the shooting club "needs to accept that it now infringes on a growing neighborhood," according to your report.

Merriam-Webster defines infringe as "to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another."

It is simple. Who was there first?

Don Dieckmann