LETTERS: Veterans Home deserving of praise

To the editor:

As a counter to the negative press about the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City, I would like to comment on the experience of my 94-year-old mother-in-law, who has been at the home for the past year and a half.

She was admitted in May 2012, coming from another care facility in Clark County. While at this other location, her health rapidly deteriorated to a point where I did not think she was going to survive. My wife then contacted the Veterans Home and was fortunate enough to get her into that location.

From day one, my mother-in-law has received first-class treatment. She is constantly monitored by a staff that is truly concerned about her physical and mental health. She has progressed from an end-of-life program to a point where she can move about the home and interact with other residents and staff.

The home also provides various programs in which my mother-in-law happily participates, including crafts, bingo, concerts and trips to places outside the home. Staffers keep her busy and entertained. I believe that she is alive and thriving because of the care she has received while at the Veterans Home.

Veterans and spouses, don’t be concerned about the quality of care you will get at this facility. It will be top-notch.



Gaming taxes

To the editor:

There has been plenty of news in the local media about tax increases — property taxes, gross revenue business taxes, sales taxes, etc. But no one mentions boosting the gaming tax rate.

Gambling and tourism are probably 90 percent of the Las Vegas economy, but the 6.75 percent gaming tax is far less than gaming win taxes elsewhere.

I wonder what it is in China and Singapore?

In November, we are going to vote on a new 2 percent tax on gross business revenue for companies topping $1 million per year. Gaming revenue is exempt. No one talks about property tax breaks, but they are likely available for the hundred million dollar casino buildings.

Most Las Vegans apparently believe casinos should get tax breaks. Rather than raising taxes in some categories or coming up with additional new taxes, why not raise all existing forms of taxation (including casinos) a like percentage?