LETTERS: How to handle Metro’s accident policy

To the editor:

Regarding the Metropolitan Police Department’s new accident policy (“Police say minor accidents not their concern anymore,” Feb. 25 Review-Journal), all drivers should carry a bit of ketchup in the glove box. If you get into a fender bender, just throw a bit on yourself to fake bloodshed and call Adam-12 to investigate the accident.

The other option would be to fire all the police officers for nonfeasance and rehire them under realistic pay scales and benefits. That should include 401(k) retirement plans that mimic the real world, not the yellow-brick-road rainbow pot that pops up way too early before reaching true retirement age. Then do the same thing with the Fire Department, so the firefighters don’t feel left out.

Last but not least, get rid of the gluttonous mid- and upper-level bureaucrats from city, county and state governments.



Dictating public policy

To the editor:

Help me understand this. The Metropolitan Police Department, in retaliation for not getting additional requested funding, is going to harass the public by stepping up the writing of tickets for traffic violations and stopping the investigation of noninjury accidents. Something is out of whack here.

The public should be able to dictate to public servants the services they will provide, not vice versa. Investigating traffic accidents is a basic police service. Can you imagine your wife or daughter being involved in an accident on a busy street in Las Vegas and being expected to manage the situation?

If our police force chooses to discontinue providing basic services, which are customary and have been provided for decades, then it’s time to make some changes, including replacing the management and, if necessary, the entire force. There needs to be an independent audit of the police budget. I have no doubt that an evaluation of how money is being spent would result in finding enough money to continue providing basic services, such as investigating traffic accidents.



Wasting tax dollars

To the editor:

The Metropolitan Police Department’s decision to not respond to noninjury traffic accidents is totally foolish. The department can afford to take rock stars for rides in police helicopters. It can also have two to three police cars, along with two to four police officers, directing traffic for people going to and from church on Sundays. I see that going on every Sunday all across the valley. That is a waste of our tax dollars, so why doesn’t anyone put a stop to it?



Tule Springs politics

To the editor:

I just read the article about the bill to create the Tule Springs Fossil Bed National Monument (“Votes on Tule Springs hit snag,” Thursday Review-Journal). The vote is being delayed due to an amendment from Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, which stipulates that all profits from federal land sales will go to the U.S. Treasury. Currently, profits from federal land sales in the Las Vegas Valley are used for state conservation and recreation projects.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apparently had an epiphany on this matter, saying, “A bad bill is worse than no bill.” It’s a shame he did not have this epiphany when Obamacare was passed.

Rep. Bishop is not blameless either. He says he has no problem with Nevada keeping the proceeds from land sales, but that practice is banned by a House rule which considers it an earmark. My question to Mr. Bishop: Where were your principles when voting for the farm bill, which was rife with earmarks?

I just can’t believe that these people can make such remarks with a straight face.