LETTERS: Jam cellphone reception at theaters

To the editor:

My wife and I go to the movies almost every week, and not a movie goes by without seeing some self-absorbed, all-about-me people with their phones out during the showing, despite numerous cautions shown on the screen to the contrary. I do not condone the actions of the Florida man who shot and killed a movie-goer last week, but I can understand that eventually, after putting up with these morons driving, walking and otherwise interfering with daily life with their thoughtless actions, someone could reach their tipping point.

Take into account those who came to the defense of the man who died. They’d also had words with the patron about his texting.

There is one solution: Have theaters install jammers to create zones in the auditorium where no service would be available. Of course, this won’t happen, as the theaters don’t want to upset the sensibilities of the thoughtless folks for fear of losing their business.

But what about my business? I am expected to tolerate these inconsiderate dolts? I wonder how all of us got along for so many years unconnected for periods of time. What is so important now that it cannot wait until time permits to place or answer a call or text? If something is that important, then take care of it, instead of trying to multitask.



Margins tax

To the editor:

I am upset and dismayed by the false and misleading characterization of the proposed business margins tax in Steve Sebelius’ Wednesday column (“It’s not just a tax, it’s the end of the world!”). Mr. Sebelius states the proposed tax “would impose a 2 percent margin tax on Nevada businesses earning more than $1 million.” This is untrue.

The proposed tax is on sales or revenue over a certain threshold, and not on earnings. The term “earnings” in any economic or business sense is profit or income, not revenue. The tax cannot possibly be on earnings or income, because that is prohibited by the Nevada Constitution. Mr. Sebelius’ use of the word “earning” is so blatantly misleading, it begs the question, is he actually this ignorant of business and economics, or is he intentionally misleading his readers?

If it’s the former, the editor of the Review-Journal should prohibit him from writing anything about a business or economic topic until he completes some sort of remedial education. If it’s the latter, the editor should take a good look at his internal procedures, which allowed such a false and misleading statement to be made.



Home-grown techies

To the editor:

Where is the logic in hiring a Canadian company, CGI, to construct the Affordable Care Act website for Americans? That company screwed it up, of course, but that’s not the point. The point is that we have in this country the finest computer minds in the world, yet amidst the clamoring and posturing of our president about the importance of creating jobs, does government go to Microsoft or Intel or Apple for construction of the website? No. We give the employment to a foreign company.

Thank goodness the government recently fired CGI after the disastrous rollout of the ACA website. Perhaps an American company can step in to solve the problem. Oh, wait, too late. The government has awarded the contract to Accenture, a fine company, but one that is incorporated in Ireland. Bill Gates lives closer than that.

If the government is serious about helping create employment, I would suggest it look to the private sector in this country before awarding multimillion-dollar contracts to foreign firms.