LETTERS: It’s called winter — perhaps you’ve heard of it

To the editor:

Sunday’s Review-Journal covered two current winter events. The first was the plight of the research ship that was ice-bound since Christmas Eve in Antarctica and couldn’t be freed despite efforts of two icebreaker vessels. The second was the deep freeze blanketing much of the United States.

Global warming activists should note that, if this continues, we may be at the onset of another ice age. If so, we should bring back the coal-fired power plants to prevent a calamity. Or maybe this is just a seasonal weather pattern and we should let nature take its course.



Water authority

To the editor:

The editorial in the Sunday Review-Journal regarding the selection of a replacement for Pat Mulroy was right on (“Open search for next water chief”). For far too long, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has been able to operate with minimal public or elected official scrutiny — out of fear, power or ambivalence.

Given the huge monetary decisions and critical water policies that will come in the next few years, this is not the time for a coronation. The selection of a new general manager must be made through an open and publicly transparent process. High among the decisions to be made is whether or not the general manager for the Las Vegas Valley Water District should continue to also serve as the general manager for the SNWA. The positions should be separated for increased accountability to the public.



The writer is a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity.

Boring Britney

To the editor:

The opening night of Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood was nothing to jump up and click our heels over. This lady is an over-the-hill teeny bopper whose time has come and gone. You can’t complain about talent with Ms. Spears, because she doesn’t have any. Boredom ensues with the same old repetitive song she has been lip-syncing for years.

Who the devil is in charge of hiring entertainers for Caesars Entertainment? Over $32 million for this fake, plastic, pretend act? Come on. I guess Ms. Spears saw them coming and grabbed a ride on the Caesars gravy train. That money could have bought great, legitimate, talented entertainers for years — people who can actually carry a tune, sing, dance and truly entertain.

Ms. Spears’ show was apparently put together to resemble a Cirque du Soleil production, as if Las Vegas didn’t have enough back-up dancers. Ms. Spears lacks any real constructive verbal communication or interaction with the audience — the lip-sync pretend singer even wore a microphone, as if she were using it. What a joke.

I guess Caesars wants to cater to the young crowd and chooses to hire fake entertainers. I think Ms. Spears’ show is going to be a big fiasco. I predict that during her two-year stint, her wheels will come off along the way. As far as a review of Spears’ so-called concert, which it is not, this longtime resident of Las Vegas gets a D-minus. And that’s being generous. If an adult appreciates authentic entertainment, this show is not for you. What’s Las Vegas coming to?



Limited government

To the editor:

In his commentary on limited government, Walter Williams makes a persuasive case for subdividing all states, but not without a little obfuscation (“It’s time for return to limited government,” Jan. 1 Review-Journal). Unfortunately, the people who want more power for themselves, to the detriment of all others, are only too willing to abuse the concept of limited government whenever it suits their ends.

Indeed, the history of the House of Representatives has been the history of the retreat from the constitutional mandate of one representative for every 30,000 people in that representative’s district — limited only by the likelihood that each state’s population would probably not be precisely divisible by said 30,000. It is embarrassing that more people can attend a pro or college football game than are elected from throughout the U.S. to our esteemed House. Any such elected representative who does not believe the people should have said 1/30,000 ratio is not fit for service in the people’s House.

I support subdividing the states, as well as expanding representation in the House.



Christmas delivery

To the editor:

After reading of the Christmas delivery issues for UPS and FedEx, I feel that it is important to recognize the excellent delivery service I received from the U.S. Postal Service, using their priority service. On Dec. 16, I mailed a large box from Las Vegas, and the box was received by my daughter in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 18.

Plus, by using USPS, I saved $35 and received better service than I ever had in past years with UPS. So to the USPS detractors, I have documented proof of why we should support our postal system as the only choice to consider.



Know your pet’s needs

To the editor:

John Przybys performed a great service by reminding us to become educated and aware of our new family member’s needs before we acquire a pet (“So you got a pet for Christmas. Now what?” Jan. 5 Review-Journal). Folks don’t always do their homework before adopting or purchasing a pet to add to their household, and that pet often pays the price when the owners decide to return it, give it up or neglect it.

It can’t be stressed enough that the first step should always be to familiarize ourselves with our potential pet’s needs and temperament before adding that pet to the family.