LETTERS: Low-tech solution to long-hauling

To the editor:

Regarding the March 1 Review-Journal article on long-hauling (“Officials consider GPS cab systems”), I drove a taxi in Las Vegas for five years. I read with interest recent articles about the taxi authority, and the aforementioned article on the possible use of a high-tech GPS solution to the long-hauling situation.

I have a low-tech solution in mind. Station one or two taxi authority officers on the south end of the airport tunnel between 6 a.m. and midnight. Stop every taxi exiting the tunnel and ticket the long-haulers. I guarantee that in a few months, the situation would all but disappear.




To the editor:

“Do as I say, not do as I do,” seems to be the mantra that underscores American foreign policy. Otherwise, how does one explain the idiotic comments from American diplomats regarding Russia and Ukraine?

Secretary of State John Kerry recently accused Russia of 19th-century behavior in a 21st-century world. President Barack Obama said that Russia has broken U.N. conventions and has invaded a sovereign country. Do these people have any idea how ridiculous they sound? They have no credibility to criticize Russia. It has been just over a decade since American forces, with token help from other nations, invaded two sovereign nations, Iraq and Afghanistan. British, French and American forces attacked the sovereign nation of Libya.

As if that’s not enough, American drones continue to target and summarily execute individuals in other countries around the world, invading sovereign airspace. Russia has stronger justification to invade Crimea than the West did in the cases of Iraq and Afghanistan. The region is on its border, and there are ethnic Russians who may or may not need protection. Western diplomats should cease protesting when another country pursues the same behavior Western nations have pursued in the recent past.



Caesars’ finances

To the editor:

Your article on Caesars Entertainment Corp. states that the company sold four properties to its Caesars Growth Partners subsidiary for $2.2 billion (“Caesars deals away three resorts on the Strip,” March 4 Review-Journal). The article goes on to say Caesars Entertainment owns 58 percent of Caesars Growth Partners and that Caesars Entertainment would continue to manage the properties.

Can someone explain how you can have $23 billion in debt, sell $2.8 billion in debt to a company that you own 58 percent of, keep on managing the properties and call that getting out of debt? I have some beach-front property in Arizona I would like to sell to Caesars Entertainment Corp.



Billion-dollar giveaway

To the editor:

I read that the Obama administration pledged $1 billion to Ukraine. Shouldn’t there be some prioritizing when giving away a billion tax dollars? While I am not a big fan of government handouts, shouldn’t there be a list of primacies for such an enormous giveaway?

For instance, perhaps the city of Detroit could use $1 billion, or veterans who need help dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder or current military personnel who have to live off of food stamps. How about the Americans who cannot get the lifesaving medical care they need due to the Obamacare debacle, or the many individuals who have been unable to find a job in the struggling economy here in this country?

I am sure the people of Ukraine could use $1 billion. I also have no doubt that people here in America could use it even more. What surprises me is that the people we elected to represent us can’t figure that out.




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