Lawmaker doesn't mince words when it comes to 'access'

To the editor:

In response to your Aug. 19 story, "Horsford cancels letter offer":

It absolutely galled me to read this article about the pay-to-play letter that was withdrawn by state Senate Majoiry Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas. I didn't misconstrue the intent of this fundraising letter and neither did anybody else. The fact that the letter may not have violated any campaign or election laws doesn't somehow make this skunk smell like a rose.

Mr. Horsford's elitist attitude of granting his presence, or the presence of Democratic lawmakers who chair committees, only to those who pay is really the crux of my complaint.

Have these elitists forgotten that they work for us and not the other way around?

It is their job to listen to all of their constituents, not just the special interests who pay.

State Sen. John Lee states that, "If you have an issue that I am interested in, I will talk to you."

Excuse me? What if I have a topic to discuss that you're not interested in, Mr. Lee? What if I don't pay to be graced by your presence?

Does that mean I'm a second-class constituent who doesn't deserve your attention?

I don't know about you, but I think it's time for Nevadans to clean out our state house this November in addition to cleaning out the house in Washington, D.C. These politicians need to be reminded that they are supposed to be representatives and public servants, not out-of-touch rulers who think they answer only to their special interests.



Get out of town

To the editor:

Wow! Politicians are selling access for cold hard cash. Imagine that.

Sounds a lot like prostitution to me. Maybe state Sen. Steven Horsford, et al, should move to Nye County, where it's legal.



Gone fishing

To the editor:

As a former 37-year classroom teacher with the Clark County School District -- who had an unblemished record and is happily retired -- I wish to come back to the district to teach. I find the salary offensive, however, for my valued services and will not consider returning until my price is met by the school board.

I realize the district is in dire straights financially, but I have my set price. I will need at least $360,000 per year, a car to drive, housing perks, cost allowances, and a few incidentals to cover in order for the district to entice me to come work.

The candidates to become superintendent of the district are making these demands and more, especially in the salary range. Members of the School Board, except Linda Young, should be ashamed of themselves for even thinking of upping the salary of the new superintendent. All the public has to do is look at their past track record for choosing superintendents.

The morale of district teachers and support staff is at an all time low. Why? Ask the board if they have ever tried to give CPR to a mummy. To insult the faculty and support staff of the district by offering a large salary to the new superintendent is unthinkable and unforgivable. Ask Steve Wynn to kick in a extra bonus as he did for Brian Cram as superintendent. Don't put it on the backs of Clark County citizens.

Oh, let's not forget that the district's classroom teachers sacrificed a reduction in pay to ensure our children are well educated this school term.

No, I've changed my mind about working for the Clark County School District again, I think I'll go fishing instead.

Kim Chesley


Economics lesson

To the editor:

Just what part of a recession does this administration not understand? The George Soros backed administration has bought off the auto industry, the banking system and installed the TARP fund.

You cannot spend your way out of a recession. You need jobs that will be there for the long run. Once the people are back at work, the recession will disappear. But you cannot tax the people out of a recession and that is what it looks like they're gong to try to do this coming January.

Travis Whitley

Las Vegas

Justify anything

To the editor:

Americans in every state lost family members and friends on 9/11. We should be sensitive to the feelings of all who suffer from the effects of our national trauma. And isn't this entire country sacred ground for true Americans?

People all over this country are reminded of those vile attacks by the sight of mosques. Therefore, all mosques should be closed down immediately. We are also offended at the sight of turbans and people who look like Middle Easterners who are associated with Islam, due to similarities with those who carried out those vile attacks. Therefore, shouldn't all such people be forced to leave?

But Catholics are associated now forever with the sexual abuse of children. Shouldn't their churches also be boarded up to spare those who are reminded of that chronic and horrific abuse?

The original inhabitants of this continent were American Indians. They were slaughtered and driven off of their land by Europeans. Their sacred sites were desecrated. Therefore, shouldn't all those of European descent be sensitive to the feelings of the few Americans Indians who survived and also got out of their country?

Likewise, being an atheist, I'm horrified by the legacy of generations of Christians who went on crusades and murdered millions of innocents of various nationalities and races.

They all have to go.

Anything can be justified if you are willing to accept any logic. But, didn't Americans set a new standard two or three centuries ago? Sorry; am I lecturing?

Robert E. Elliott

Las Vegas

Securing votes

To the editor:

Right now, a committee appointed by President Barack Obama is considering cutting my Social Security payments, which I spent 56 years paying for through the withholding tax.

At the same time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats are working on a bill to put $165 billion into the teachers' pension fund, which just got a $15 billion boost, and which is also paid for with taxes.

All this is designed to secure votes. Thanks, Harry.