LETTERS: State failing to fund public schools


To the editor:

Anyone who has lived in Nevada for the past decade or longer knows that our classrooms are some of the most crowded and least funded in the nation, for longer than we would like to admit. You have heard the stories of teachers using their personal funds to buy supplies for their classes, since the school district does not have the funding to properly supply our classrooms. You have heard of outdated educational textbooks and equipment, if any is even available, in these same classrooms.

You have also heard how the Clark County School District is forced to take creative measures to keep the district performing at an acceptable level, given the state’s lack of interest in providing our children the best possible chance to become productive citizens.

Now, we are once again being told the school district will be forced to utilize double sessions and year-round schools and other measures to deal with the lack of funding needed to educate our children (“Bid for tax extension will wait,” March 6 Review-Journal). Not only have we not progressed, we are taking giant leaps backward in this state with regard to public education.

Many others have voiced these exact concerns in the past, and nothing has been done to resolve them. It is obvious that public education is not among our state’s priorities. I truly feel sorry for families trying to properly raise their children while living in Nevada. It would be appropriate for community leaders to label Nevada “the chewing-gum, baling-wire and duct-tape state, and darn proud of it” when attempting to describe how Nevada funds its public education system.

JIM HAYES

LAS VEGAS

Wanting it both ways

To the editor:

The Obama administration is outraged over seven Democrats breaking ranks to vote against the confirmation of Debo Adegbile — an attorney who defended a known cop killer — to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division. At the same time, administration officials expect moderate Republicans to vote in support of the administration’s pet issues. The administration seeks bipartisan support of its initiatives, yet cries foul when it loses an issue on a bipartisan vote.

OWEN NELSON

LAS VEGAS

North Las Vegas budget

To the editor:

I constantly read about the city of North Las Vegas’ budget shortfall, and it appears city officials are not aggressive in handling the situation. As a one-time government employee, I grabbed the bull by the horns and helped make things happen in my role as a real estate agent for Riverside County, Calif. How about contacting major cellphone companies and permitting them to construct well-camouflaged towers on county-owned land, such as fire station properties? I did this, with the phone companies signing multiyear leases that started at $2,000 per month and increased 10 percent annually. Prior to my leaving Riverside County, I accepted 23 leases of this nature.

What about an aggressive plan to generate major funds by legalizing marijuana? Take a tip from Colorado and gather in those bucks. Also, consider the money that could be saved by the police no longer cracking down on marijuana.

Las Vegas is a gambling mecca, so the idiocy of sending people across the state line to buy lottery tickets is insane. You don’t have to create a lottery; just have a few city kiosks that permit buying Powerball and other out-of-state tickets, with perhaps a 25 percent city charge. Instead of paying a dollar for the ticket, it costs $1.25. Maybe it doesn’t sound like much, but every nickel adds up. I would bet most people would relish buying tickets at these kiosks, rather than having to waste time and gas traveling out of state.

Most elected officials never think outside the box. They never consider how the average person wants to spend their money. Do they want cell coverage, to smoke a toke, to take a chance on a lotto ticket — or to pay money in taxes?

DON ELLIS

HENDERSON

 

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