LETTERS: Money better spent on mental health care

To the editor:

Regarding security at the Hoover Dam bypass bridge, understandably, the family of the woman who jumped to her death is filled with grief (“Family of bridge suicide victim wants more security measures,” Friday Review-Journal). Unfortunately, at every corner you turn, there are means to commit suicide.

If a plan were put into place that would keep a despondent person from acting on suicidal feelings at Hoover Dam or anywhere else, we would all be living in a glass bubble. The lack of adequate and appropriate mental health care was a problem in this area 25 years ago and remains a problem today. There are people who act impulsively to end their lives, but more often than not, there are signs that the person is not handling the situation well.

It would be better to spend money on educating the public and developing community resources to help people in the earlier stages of their problem than spend millions of dollars trying to catch them when they fall. These folks don’t need help when they are climbing the rails; they need our help long before. That’s when family and friends should be reaching out, looking for abnormal behaviors and making an attempt to get these people the help they need.

The article noted that the woman who jumped last week was involved in some sort of treatment program. How that system fell short is unknown to me, but the failing of one entity is not a sufficient excuse to slam the door on community endeavors. I come from a small city that uses every form of media to inform the residents that there is a community suicide hotline. The aim is to break down social stigmas, prevent issues from being swept under the rug and encourage people to feel comfortable seeking help.

Our city, the surrounding communities and residents should do more to defeat the negative stigma associated with mental health issues and be more proactive in accepting, supporting, helping and guiding those in need, hopefully before they feel suicidal.



Internet gambling

To the editor:

Sheldon Adelson claims he is concerned Internet gambling could provide terrorists and criminals an avenue to launder money (“Adelson’s group heats up,” Thursday Review-Journal). Couldn’t that already be occurring at every brick-and-mortar casino on the Strip?

Mr. Adelson may or may not be a concerned citizen, but I think his main priority is getting every dollar possible into his casino, where he seems to believe it would not occur to anyone to launder money. Please.



Adelson’s motivation

To the editor:

Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson has upped the ante in his fight against the pro-Internet gambling zealots (“Adelson’s group heats up,” Thursday Review-Journal). He’s funding the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, a grass-roots organization to ban Internet gambling.

Many have misconstrued Mr. Adelson’s motives on this volatile issue, despite his clear statements that he opposes Internet gambling on moral grounds: that there’s not adequate technology to protect children from illegal Internet gambling, which will wreak havoc on families across America, and the FBI’s assessment that Internet gambling will be used by organized crime, terrorists and more to move and launder money worldwide.

Further, the FBI says online casinos “are vulnerable to a wide array of criminal schemes.” Look what happened to more than 70 million Target customers. The Treasury Department says, “Every financial institution, casinos included, should be concerned about its reputation.”

Mr. Adelson says he will spend whatever it takes to stop Internet gambling. I support Mr. Adelson and encourage legislators, churches and the people to support what’s best for our great country. Further, I applaud Mr. Adelson’s commitment to protect our children and for placing first the safety and security of Americans from organized crime and terrorists.



UNLV football

To the editor:

So UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck got an extension and a raise on his contract (“Hauck’s new deal lucrative,” Friday Review-Journal). His new contract also has several annual incentives, and another $150,000 promised to him under his prior deal. Has he ever reached those incentives?

Yes, Mr. Hauck did take the Rebels to a bowl game on Jan. 1, which they lost, but this was UNLV’s first winning season in four years under his reign. Most college coaches would have been gone by now. One bowl game doesn’t make a career.

I don’t know how profitable the football program has been with him, but I’m sure it would be much more successful with an exciting, winning UNLV team, which Mr. Hauck hasn’t brought to this city.



Don’t blame Obama

To the editor:

Herbert Burr’s rant about President Barack Obama is very similar to the tea party’s talking points (“Bringing down America,” Friday Review-Journal letters). However, Mr. Burr is either misinformed or uninformed.

He forgot to mention that the president saved the American auto industry, the banks and the stock market. Those don’t strike me as social measures. But we do have social programs now. Has Mr. Burr heard of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance and other programs?

As for the national debt, much of this was the result of George W. Bush’s unnecessary wars. Congress has now approved a $1 trillion-plus budget, with a fight coming up about raising the debt limit. Don’t blame President Obama for this; the House spends the money.