LETTERS: Time to toss immature incumbents


To the editor:

Here we are, living in one of the most powerful, greatest nations on earth, being led by a group of immature boys who feel it is OK to keep the ball if others don’t agree to play by their rules. Meanwhile, the people these boys are supposed to represent are suffering due to the foot-stomping, breath-holding, immature actions of our elected representatives.

Hopefully the people of this nation will have had enough when it comes time to vote and throw these immature incumbents out of office. It’s time to get mature adults in office that put the welfare of the nation above individual beliefs.

JIM HAYES

LAS VEGAS

Government control

To the editor:

I have become very confused by the events we are facing. As Americans, with the greatest Constitution in the history of the world, we seem to have an ever-increasing tolerance for allowing government control over every facet of our lives. It appears that cogent thought has left our country’s leadership.

The supposedly erudite people we elect to those leadership positions are all looking at the same facts and situations, yet there never seems to be but two completely opposite solutions: one presented by the Republicans, and one presented by Democrats. As citizens, we simply allow our lives to be governed by our identity with one group or the other.

It’s also become increasingly clear that our greatest fears are not those of foreign attack or imposition, but of how much our government’s seemingly bottomless pit of money will be distributed. I’d ask all of you to think about why, with citizens having full control of our leadership, we have become such slaves to these masters. The simple fact that we count on the printing of $85 billion of new, debt-based paper each month to keep our economy alive boggles the mind.

Two sayings come to mind. For the American people, John Wayne and others have said, “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you are stupid.” For our supposed leaders, Winston Churchill once said: “Gentlemen, we have run out of money. Now we have to think.”

STEVEN CURTIS

LAS VEGAS

Voting Republican

To the editor:

I’ll admit to being an independent in the past. At times, I have voted Republican, and at times, I have voted Democratic. I always felt that I voted my conscience, not any particular party line. That has now changed. When the current administration can close down private businesses (San Francisco’s Cliff House Restaurant), evict private individuals from their homes (at Lake Mead) and generally impose extreme hardships on entities that receive no government funding, I have had it.

In the coming elections, I will vote for Republicans to change the misguided, punitive actions of the current administration. Enough is enough. The pendulum should always stop in the middle, but in this case, it needs to swing to the Republicans. It might not lead to the best situation. However, it cannot be any worse than what the current administration has done to the very people it supposedly represents.

MICHAEL R. STILLEY

MESQUITE

Re-election top priority

To the editor:

The reason every Republican and a few Democrats in Congress are determined to repeal Obamacare is that they don’t want to give up the millions of dollars in campaign money they receive from private health insurers and drug companies.

Congress’ No. 1 priority is keeping their high-paying jobs, and getting re-elected depends entirely upon the amount of campaign money they can raise. George W. Bush’s Medicare Part D is a huge giveaway to health insurers and drug companies, because in order to participate, a senior on Medicare must buy private insurance. And by law, only private insurers can negotiate prices with drug companies.

If we could choose public option, nonprofit health insurance, everyone could have better insurance coverage for much lower premiums. But that won’t happen because there is so much campaign money coming from private health insurers and drug companies. When I hear people say they trust private, for-profit insurance companies more than they trust the people who run Medicare, it’s hard to understand.

JIM RILEY

LAS VEGAS

Sheriff has plenty of cash

To the editor:

I can’t figure out Sheriff Doug Gillespie and his funding battle with the Clark County Commission. The Metropolitan Police Department has $124 million in savings, money that was raised to pay bills. What is Sheriff Gillespie saving it for?

Use that money. Don’t say you need money until what you have is gone. All the sheriff is doing is putting a burden on the people. Something doesn’t smell right to me. If I have money in savings and I need to pay a bill, I use it. No new sales tax.

JAMES DEROLF

LAS VEGAS

 

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