LETTERS: Comply with police to keep the peace

To the editor:

Ruth Johanne Huff’s letter implied that, once again, the police are the bad guys (“Red Rock shooting,” Feb. 28 Review-Journal). Police apparently gunned down D’Andre Berghardt Jr. for no reason at all. And once again, a victim, for some unknown reason, decided to fight off the police because, according to Ms. Huff, “Anybody would fight back if falsely arrested.”

Ms. Huff forgot some important details of the incident, such as Mr. Berghardt’s breaking into a police car, trying to get a shotgun. She also forgot to mention that bicyclists had been confronted by Mr. Berghardt prior to police confrontation, obviously causing them enough concern to bring the man to the attention of the police. Ms. Huff believes the police should have given him a bottle of water instead of capturing him. Perhaps they would have done so if Mr. Berghardt didn’t choose to resist them.

While neither Ms. Huff nor I were at the scene, I would surmise that the incident could have been easily resolved if Mr. Berghardt just stopped and explained what was going on.

Ms. Huff asks if mothers need to teach their children to obey police orders. I resoundingly say yes. Noncompliance is a major factor in most shooting fatalities. Obeying a lawful police order is the law. Police compliance should be taught by parents, by the Department of Motor Vehicles and in school.

Ultimately, each of us is responsible for our lives. Wouldn’t it be much safer for all concerned to argue an issue in court, rather than to fight the police in an alley? My condolences to the Berghardt family.



Reid on Obamacare

To the editor:

To say that Sen. Harry Reid is an embarrassment to the state of Nevada is an understatement of monumental proportions. It is incomprehensible that this man would go to the Senate floor and state that not one of the thousands of Americans who have been adversely affected by Obamacare is telling the truth. The horror stories are abundant, real and frightening.

My medical policy was erroneously canceled, not due to Obamacare, but through an error. I was told I had no insurance when picking up a prescription, and I was panicked beyond comprehension. I can only imagine what the thousands of people whose insurance has been canceled have experienced. Many of these people have children or serious health issues or many other extenuating circumstances.

Sen. Reid should be held accountable for the cowardly statements he makes on the Senate floor, where he cannot be confronted by his victims. He did the same thing to Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign, saying that Mr. Romney had not paid taxes for 10 years.

I have no doubt that my friend Mike O’Callaghan, who was Sen. Reid’s mentor, would be ashamed and appalled by the majority leader’s current behavior. Sen. Reid should do the decent thing and resign.



U.S.-Russia relations

To the editor:

I would strongly caution Western leaders not to restart the Cold War and possibly provoke World War III with Russia. There is plenty of evidence (including the recent embarrassing leaked phone conversation of Victoria Nuland plotting “regime change”) that the U.S. and other Western nations have aided and even encouraged this recent round of mob rule in Ukraine. The most recent counter-mob violence in Crimea is a logical reaction to the violent and illegal overthrow of the democratically elected government of Ukraine.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, NATO has adopted a very aggressive stance by surreptitiously moving eastward toward Russia’s borders — violating its own charter as a defensive alliance — when the organization should have been disbanded long ago. On top of that, NATO and U.S. President Barack Obama’s claim that they support Ukraine’s territorial integrity is hypocritical when NATO, led by the U.S., encouraged and participated in the illegal and vicious breakup of Yugoslavia, culminating in the bombing of Serbia in 1999 and theft of Kosovo soon thereafter.

Vladimir Putin’s rapid mobilization of some 150,000 troops demonstrates that he will not take Western efforts to destabilize Russia’s border regions lightly, as we saw in Georgia. Western leaders need to heed this warning. In the war against terrorism, it is far better to have Russia as an ally than foe.



Missing Mills

To the editor:

I am deeply saddened to read of the death of Review-Journal gardening columnist Linn Mills (“Horticulturist Mills, 76, dies after hip operation,” Saturday Review-Journal). Though I never met him, I feel as if I lost an old friend.

In my gardening days, I called him for advice a few times. His voice matched his picture — full of warmth and kindness, which always gladdened my day. He was unfailingly helpful, never hurried or impatient; a true gentleman. I send my condolences to his family and all his Review-Journal colleagues.