LETTERS: Fire Xerox for state’s exchange woes

To the editor:

I read at first with bemusement and now, frankly, with astonishment the article about Xerox and its poor performance on the Silver State Health Care Exchange (“Xerox missed key deadlines,” Sunday Review-Journal). I am a computer scientist. I worked in military defense as a programmer and in university administration in settings where technical computer personnel worked for me. Whoever procured Xerox does not understand that the company has not lived up to the contract and should be fired — now.

I was stunned by the disaster of the Obamacare website rollout; now this is too much to believe. Not understanding the depth of a task means those who designed the entire system did not know what they were doing; they didn’t understand the overall task. It is obvious Xerox personnel are in way over their heads.

I worked on many military contracts, the last one being a missile still in use today. If I was late with a product, missing numerous deadlines, I would have been fired. Is there a person communicating with Xerox who really understands the depth of the problems on a technical level? It sounds to me like whomever hired Xerox also needs some help in understanding contract law and when to throw in the towel.



Mounting disappointment

To the editor:

It’s obvious by now that conservative activist Chuck Muth is really determined to get a peak/mountain in Clark County named Mount Reagan (Feb. 8 Review-Journal). I would suggest the intersection of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, or the deepest abandoned mine shaft in the county.

After all, it was Ronald Reagan and his minions who declared ketchup to be a vegetable. It was President Reagan who waxed poetic of the horrible things he saw in World War II — from his home in California. And let’s not forget it was President Reagan who boldly announced that we’d never pull our troops out of Lebanon as we were pulling our troops out of Lebanon.

Ronald Reagan spoke in a language that George Orwell would have loved. Mount Reagan should reflect that.



Summerlin Parkway

To the editor:

I drive on Summerlin Parkway daily and with great trepidation. This so-called parkway is in fact a freeway, with the usual 65 mph speed limit and many drivers exceeding 70 mph. When a vehicle crosses over the unprotected median, the combined collision speed can reach 140 mph or more, which is not survivable.

The need for a barrier to prevent this kind of collision has been made obvious again (“Alcohol possible factor in fatal Summerlin Parkway collision,” Feb. 6 Review-Journal). So-called Jersey barriers have been shown to be effective in preventing cross-over collisions and cost-effective, especially where there is a wide median, as is the case here.

National freeway standards require such barriers. The time is well overdue to install these life-saving barriers on Summerlin Parkway. No one is immune from this tragic risk.



Olympic-sized failure

To the editor:

Sherman Frederick’s column Sunday struck an interesting chord (“CBO report puts Democrats in box on Obamacare”). Mr. Frederick wrote: “So here we sit flying aboard a half-built monstrosity of an airplane with President ‘HealthCare.gov’ Obama in the left cockpit seat.”

What if the rest of the world is looking at America’s Affordable Care Act the same way we and others are poking fun at Russia’s overspent, under-executed, toiletless, sinkless, curtainless Sochi accommodations?