LETTERS: Time to clean up primary election signs

To the editor:

David G. Lawrence’s letter hit the nail on the head (“Political clutter,” Aug. 10 Review-Journal). These politicians are quick to put their signs up, but slow in removing them. It has been more than two months since the primary election, yet drive through Las Vegas and every chain-link fence still has signs hanging up.

Take a good look at the names on the signs. Ninety-eight percent of them are people who wanted you to vote for them. Who are these candidates? They are almost all judgeships. These are the people who pledge to uphold the law, yet they have violated it for more than a month.

I live in Overton, where as soon as you exit Interstate 15, you are hit with a barrage of signs. Please remove these signs and brighten up our community.



Language barriers

To the editor:

Regarding Donald E. Schmiedel’s letter (“Spoiling Spanish,” Aug. 12 Review-Journal), typos are part of the human condition. They have always been here, and I don’t think they are going to go away.

We have many Spanish-speaking people living in this country who, for whatever reason, don’t know English. We also have many people in this country, both in the public and private sectors, who go out of their way to accommodate these people. The way to stop all the Spanish typos is to simply make all signs and publications English-only.

Mr. Schmiedel is being quite critical of people in an English-speaking country who do their best to communicate with and help residents who only speak and understand Spanish.



Robin Williams’ death

To the editor:

Once again, the death of a popular celebrity, Robin Williams, and the post mortem analyses leave out a key discussion of a basic cause of clinical/behavioral manifestations leading to a tragic end, especially in the entertainment industry. Take my word for it, based on more than 50 years of professional and personal experience: the medical reality of cyclothymic personalities and manic/depressive (now called bi-polar) diagnoses is rarely discussed and too often overlooked.

I would give you better than even odds that Robin Williams is a poster case for bi-polar disease, with overwhelming pressure from enabling factors and people in the entertainment industry. The very sad reality is that too many enablers are entrepreneurs intentionally out for personal gain. Michael Jackson’s story, in my opinion, would qualify for the top of the list in that category.

In a perfect world, those with a genetic predisposition to crippling emotional swings would have the right combination of finances and luck to be adequately diagnosed and treated in a timely fashion. In addition, they would have knowledgeable, supportive family and friends monitoring day-to-day behavior. Many bi-polar individuals go without proper diagnoses for 10 years or more. They frequently turn to alcohol and other substances. Too often, they shun moderating medications because they do not like the “dulling” effect.

Indeed, Mr. Williams and his fans enjoyed his highs to the point of his pursuing unsustainable states. In the medical profession, we know that psychological highs — whether from within or from a variety of outside stimulants (or both) — will eventually lead to post-stimulatory lows. And the swings get more pronounced as time goes on.

The take-home message: If you are truly concerned about mood swings in a friend or family member, especially if the behavior is outside the usual and customary for that person, don’t wait; seek immediate, competent evaluation. To delay invites unnecessary tragedy.



Fighting terrorists

To the editor:

We hear a great deal about the blockade of Gaza by Israel and the subsequent creation of unbearable hardship on the population. But here are some facts:

Since the outbreak of fighting on July 8, Israel has kept the major crossing into Gaza at Erez open almost every day. Through Aug. 12, Israel had shipped into Gaza 1.5 million gallons of diesel fuel, 2.4 million gallons of gasoline and about 3,000 tons of cooking gas.

In addition, there are 10 major trunk lines sending electricity into Gaza from Israeli generating plants. Most of the lines were damaged in the fighting, but Israel has already repaired some of them and now has eight back in operation, with work continuing on the other two. (An aside: Israeli citizens have to pay for their electricity; the Gaza government hasn’t paid its electric bill for more than two years.)

During the most recent 72-hour truce (broken by Hamas at the 70th hour), about 2,800 tons of food and 100 tons of medical supplies were shipped into Gaza from Israel. Finally, 212 Gazans have managed — against the wishes of the Hamas government — to cross into Israel in the past five weeks to be treated in Israeli hospitals.

All this while Israel has had 3,510 missiles fired at its civilian population. As the government of Israel has said many times, “Israel is not fighting Palestinians, Israel is fighting terrorists.”