LETTERS: Metro’s new accident policy appalling

To the editor:

I am a retired military officer who relocated to Las Vegas with my spouse four years ago. I am appalled with the decision made by Las Vegas police to not respond to traffic accidents unless injuries occur.

I am still in awe observing the driving habits in our city. Unless the police and court system decide to fix the driving behavior in Las Vegas, fatalities will continue to rise. I can just imagine people being uncooperative with sharing insurance and driver’s license information, or a minor fender-bender turning into a homicide due to uncooperative parties.

It’s beyond me how a police department can make this decision without the elected officials’ approval. I had hopes that this city would eventually clean itself up. Unfortunately, it appears we are slowly slipping away from reality.



Discrimination right here

To the editor:

In Uganda, a day after hardline President Yoweri Museveni signed a harsh anti-gay law, a Ugandan newspaper published a list of what it called the country’s 200 top gays. That’s way over the top. Not to be outdone, Republican and tea party religious zealots sent a bill to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to sign that would grant business owners the right to invoke religion as a reason to refuse service to gays.

Examples of this type of discrimination are popping up around the country: a New Mexico photographer who refused to take pictures of a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony; a Colorado baker who would not make a cake for a same-sex wedding party; and a Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a wedding. All cited religious grounds for their denial of service.

Discrimination is alive and well in America, as well as Uganda.



Nevada Health Link

To the editor:

Nevada Health Link is a nightmare beyond description. Having tried and failed on two extended attempts to sign my wife up for healthcare, the third attempt was the charm, or so I thought. I finally was able to get through the entire process, including selecting a plan and paying for it. This was on Jan. 25, with coverage to begin March 1 — Saturday.

Not having received any correspondence from Health Plan of Nevada, specifically my wife’s insurance card, I have called Nevada Health Link on several occasions to determine the status. Each time, I get a different person, but the rhetoric is basically the same. “The system is being upgraded,” or “I will talk to a specialist and call you back in an hour.” I never received a call back.

How I long for the good old days, when I could have called an insurance company directly and ordered coverage directly. I can’t wait to get a new bill for April for noncoverage. I just hope there is a refund provision in the Nevada Health Link software.

Yeah, right.



Nugent’s rant

To the editor:

Dissent has always been part of America’s political dialogue, as it should be. And since all politicians affirm and express their own views on domestic and international issues, it is no surprise that disagreement is plentiful. However, when one crosses the line and steers argument into the dark realm of insult and propaganda, the idea of free speech and the right to express one’s views is weakened and debased.

So it was with conservative rocker Ted Nugent when he tried to defend, on CNN recently, his use of the term “sub-human mongrel” to describe President Barack Obama. I hope that individuals on the right can see that Mr. Nugent’s words say more about Mr. Nugent than they do anyone else, and that beneath our respective political skins, we are all Americans first.