LETTERS: Pupfish dependent on government

To the editor:

After reading Wednesday’s Review-Journal editorial about the endangered Devil’s Hole pupfish (“Killing Nevada’s million-dollar fish”), I again scratched my head and wondered if government will ever learn. The article says the number of fish has gone down from 544 in 1990 to just 35 this spring — despite the government getting involved in “saving” them.

The solution is simple: Assign each remaining fish a Social Security number, issue each fish monthly welfare checks and food stamps, and in no time at all, their population will be in the millions and they will be voting Democrat.

On second thought, never mind.



VA hospital

To the editor:

I read the story of Sandi Niccum and the new VA hospital’s lack of attention to patients (“VA officials probe how its hospital treated blind Las Vegas veteran,” Nov. 28 Review-Journal). I am a disabled veteran from the Korean War who has received treatments at VA clinics back east and here in Nevada.

I had only one problem with the VA in Southern Nevada, a problem Rep. Joe Heck came forward and solved in a timely manner. He is a good man for veterans. I was treated by the VA at the La Canada clinic, the Rancho Lane Clinic and the clinic at Boulder Highway. I received good care at these medical centers.

I have been to the new hospital in North Las Vegas several times. From my own observations, I believe the hospital opened too soon. It should have opened when all construction was complete and all departments were fully staffed. I think this is where Ms. Niccum and others have had problems. The Review-Journal nailed it with its Thursday editorial (“Reform the VA”) about what the VA has to do in the future to make its image in Nevada better.



Mandela’s legacy

To the editor:

If everyone would pay homage to the memory of Nelson Mandela by making a vow to be at least one-tenth as loving and gracious and forgiving as he was, the world would be a better place.



Reid and Obamacare

To the editor:

Sen. Harry Reid, the champion-in-shining-armor of Obamacare, who broke long-held Senate procedural precedents to assure the approval of Obamacare with the sole vote of his majority party, to the total exclusion of the minority party, refuses to subject some of his staff to its laws. What irony, what hypocrisy.

It’s a very sad commentary on the state of leadership and fairness in our country. I weep.



Police overreach

To the editor:

The letter from retired police officer William Dwyer, in response to your excellent editorial on police overreach (“No drugs or guns? You’re busted anyway,” Dec. 2 Review-Journal), is a good example of a basic problem that most law enforcement professionals have. They refuse to admit that their fellow officers, at any level, can make a mistake or have an error in judgment. Since they have had training and carry badges and guns, they can do no wrong.

So probable cause can be stretched to cover any citizen interaction an officer has?

Officers grossly overreact to the least amount of criticism to their actions. But being human like the rest of us, errors and mistakes can and do happen. Even if those errors and mistakes only happen in a small percentage of cases, the results for the citizen are extremely serious. So please, keep up your good work in reporting all law enforcement excesses.




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