LETTERS: Water more important than fracking

To the editor:

In the March 22 Review-Journal, an article revealed that Nevada is closer to allowing Noble Energy to operate fracking wells on 370,000 acres of ranch land near Wells in northeastern Nevada (“Nevada a step closer to oil fracking”). We live in a desert, where every ounce of water is precious. A few years ago the residents of Sandy Valley won a water war with Primm and Vidler Water Company, and a statewide war is presently being fought between the Southern Nevada Water Authority and northern residents over the proposed pipeline to compensate for the diminishing quantity of water in Lake Mead.

Now we are considering pumping unidentified chemicals into the ground in order to force oil and natural gas to the surface, a process called fracking, which has contaminated groundwater across the nation. There are other sources of energy, but there are no other sources of water. Without the oil, we might have to pay a few more cents at the pump. Without groundwater, we will have to abandon our properties and move elsewhere. Fracking is not worth the risk.



Tier 1 university

To the editor:

I see that Don Snyder, UNLV’s acting president, is lobbying to build new facilities, which he hopes will turn the school into a Tier 1 research university (“UNLV aims for future as top research university,” March 20 Review-Journal). But Tier 1 research universities have top-tier undergraduate programs to support them, something UNLV does not.

Until UNLV significantly upgrades its academic standing, pursuing a Tier 1 research program seems totally unrealistic.



Disincentives to volunteer

To the editor:

Several months ago, I contacted Veterans Affairs about volunteering in any capacity needed, for which I am qualified. I looked at the front page of the Nevada section of the March 24 Review-Journal and found out that this may not be a good idea (“Complaints mount against VA hospital’s volunteer chief”).

It seems that the new chief of volunteer services at the VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas has decided to turn the department into her own little fiefdom by changing the rules and treating volunteers as less important than her almighty new rules. There is a certain irony that her name is Karen Cinnamon because, like her namesake spice, she is impossible to swallow.

You see this type of incompetence throughout the VA specifically and government in general. Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent employees, but it seems that once a bad apple gets in the barrel, it is there to stay. Thank God for the good ones.

Needless to say, my plans to volunteer are on hold, and this is a shame. This not only hurts veterans in the system, but it dulls the desire to give back and help those in need.



Nongaming revenue

To the editor:

OK, I’m not a financial guru, but I keep reading about the millions of dollars in nongaming revenue brought in by the many conventions going on in Las Vegas.

There are often Review-Journal articles on the need for tax increases to pay for this, that and the other thing. Where are all of those nongaming revenues going?

I see hundreds of new houses being built in my area of Henderson, and yet there is allegedly a need for a higher city property tax rate.

I suggest the leaders start looking into other sources to save or raise money, such as fraud control and user fees. But I suppose it is easier to go after the homeowner.