LETTERS: Public can’t afford tourism tax hike

To the editor:

The op-ed from Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, helped me understand a recent telephone survey (“Tourism matters, so Las Vegas must keep innovating,” May 8 Review-Journal). From one question I was asked during the survey, it was apparent that the costs associated with Mr. Ralenkotter’s proposals haven’t been considered — something a commercial business would have to have done.

That question: “Would I support a tax increase for this?” My answer: No. Act businesslike. Either save the money or borrow it and pay it back from future convention income. Don’t ask the taxpayers to pay for everything.



Trapping a bad tradition

To the editor:

Regarding the commentary on trapping (“Nevada’s appalling support for cruel trapping must end,” Monday Review-Journal):

When I was a kid growing up in Indiana, I loved the outdoors and was always out exploring in the woods. One day, I came across a guy who was checking his trap line, and I tagged along. Before too long, we came across one of his traps that had caught a raccoon down by one of its front paws.

The animal was very agitated and obviously terrified. The trapper mentioned that on this day, he had forgotten to bring his gun, his usual way of killing a trapped animal. So he picked out a stout stick and began to beat the raccoon. But this one was not going to go down easily. The raccoon was steaming mad and hissing, baring its fangs and lunging at the trapper who was beating it. I’m not sure I have ever seen anything fight so hard to live, against an impossible situation. Even with one foot caught in a steel trap, he was fighting with every ounce of strength trying to survive.

The raccoon was eventually beaten to death. I would guess that it lasted between 10 and 15 minutes, but it seemed like hours to me. I wonder how long it felt like for the raccoon. I left and went home. To this day, more than 45 years later, it still bothers me every time I remember the incident. I don’t think anything should have to die like that.

Trappers defend trapping of animals, often by saying it is an outdoor tradition. Burning witches at the stake used to be a tradition, too.