LETTERS: Citizens shortchanged by DMV lines

To the editor:

My son recently turned 15½, thus becoming eligible to get his driver’s permit. I had previously read in the Review-Journal about long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles because of the new law allowing non-U.S. citizens the right to apply for a Nevada driver’s card.

Optimistically, hoping we wouldn’t find long lines, we headed to the DMV branch on West Flamingo Road on Saturday. The line we encountered looked like one from a popular Disneyland ride, with many switchbacks. After we’d been in line for about 30 minutes, a DMV employee announced that we had another four-hour wait. We left.

I felt bad for my son, as he had been so excited to get his permit. I am so angry about this situation. We are going to have to try to find another day to go back, which is difficult with work and school schedules. I am sure Gov. Brian Sandoval and DMV officials knew this new law would bring in thousands of individuals. There should have been a contingency plan to lessen the impact on U.S. citizens needing to conduct business. Why should we have to wait four hours because of non-U.S. citizens? They don’t pay taxes; my taxes pay for the DMV.

I propose that the DMV have two lines in the area where you apply for a driver’s license: one for U.S. citizens and one for non-citizens. The DMV could take equally from both lines, but at least I wouldn’t have to wait behind hundreds of people who aren’t even supposed to legally be here.



Poverty solutions

To the editor:

In her column published in Sunday’s Viewpoints section, Kathleen Parker recognizes the failure of the 50-year-old war on poverty and concludes that one of the solutions is rebuilding a culture that encourages marriage (“One way to fight poverty: marriage”). But as good as that sounds, it isn’t something anyone knows how to accomplish.

What needs to be done is to reduce the ever-growing number of children born into poverty, a situation that almost guarantees both parents and children remain poor. One way of doing that might be to pay those on welfare to not have children. And a big help would be to replace welfare checks and unemployment checks with subsidized jobs by paying the private sector to provide training and put people to work.

It’s time to jettison the worn-out politics that encourage the failed status quo, and start enacting some feasible solutions to problems.



Middle-class dependence

To the editor:

President Barack Obama keeps yakking, “We need more jobs,” then does nothing but set roadblocks in the path of all businesses. This leads me to the following conclusion: The president is determined to make the middle class totally dependent on his government, with a purpose first written about by Otto Von Bismarck of Prussia. If any man in authority wishes to gain absolute unlimited power, he must first make the middle class totally dependent on his government. Accomplish this and the people will support your every whim, and you can then rule with absolute authority by decree (or executive order).

This plan was outlined by Otto von Bismarck, the iron-fisted ruler of the German empire. Later, it worked for Josef Stalin in Russia, Benito Mussolini in Italy, Adolf Hitler in Germany and Fidel Castro in Cuba.

Now all President Obama has to do is find a way to get the entire middle class on food stamps, make the unemployment payments higher — and permanent — and broaden the welfare system.

That should just about do it, unless the American people are made of sterner stuff.



President’s vacations

To the editor:

Ruth Baker’s letter had it right when she stated that Presidents Bush, Reagan, Nixon and Eisenhower spent their vacation time at their homes or ranches (“Vacation destinations,” Jan. 14 Review-Journal). Many other presidents throughout history spent time at their homes.

But as taxpayers, we are footing one tremendous bill for the Obama family to live in the most expensive hotels and support a large entourage of friends, family and security details.

That’s not to mention first lady Michelle Obama’s over-the-top spending on large trips for friends and family. She has no concept of what it costs; she knows this is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and she is taking advantage of it.



USPS delivery

To the editor:

After reading the letter from Jim Guynup praising the wonders of the U.S. Postal Service when compared with the UPS holiday delivery problems, I have to respond (“Christmas delivery,” Jan. 11 Review-Journal). Like Mr. Guynup, I mailed my sister a large box on Dec. 18 from Las Vegas to Massachusetts. Unlike Mr. Guynup’s good luck, mine was all bad. The package arrived in Springfield, Mass., where it sat 10 days before being sent to Bell Garden, Calif., for 13 days, and then back to Springfield again.

On Jan. 18, I received a form letter that “an empty wrapper with your address was found … separated from a parcel during handling.” Enclosed was a 9-by-12-inch piece of cardboard from the box. The letter offered to conduct a search for the items. I can only file an insurance claim after the search is completed by someone in Atlanta.

Review-Journal readers need to have both sides of the story. My side is one of stolen Christmas presents, a cover-up and more hoops to go through. This is the fourth incident of mail theft I have had in 10 years, and it will be my last, as I will now send gifts through vendors or UPS.