Henderson is the best city in the valley

To the editor:

I'm writing in response to Richard Fulton's Monday letter regarding the bad state of affairs in Henderson. Mr. Fulton points out several events that, in his opinion, have sent Henderson on a "downward trend."

I agree Henderson has its share of problems, but Mr. Fulton only needs to look at North Las Vegas if he truly wants to see a "bumbling and ineffective" city government. As a former city employee, I was there when the economic downturn hit. Yes, we were asked to make concessions, but it was done in a cooperative manner with none of the infighting of our sister city.

In my department, we avoided layoffs and pay cuts because Henderson's fiscal managers did the right thing for years. Does any other locality have a discounted prescription plan solely for its residents? Henderson does.

Yes, Henderson has its problems and embarrassing incidents like any other big city. It is not perfect, but comparably speaking, it is still the best city in the valley.

Joe Molinaro


What beating?

To the editor:

Why do you keep calling that Henderson incident a "police beating"? Please look at the video recording once again. They aren't beating him. Not one punch. One police officer was kicking the guy, and most probably shouldn't have. But if you'll notice, the others are simply trying to get handcuffs on the guy. That's why only the officer who kicked was disciplined.

I was a police officer back in the '70s, and I take exception to this being called a police beating.

Jerry Sturdivant

Las Vegas

Free country

To the editor:

In response to Jim Allsup's self-serving Sunday letter on a patron's medical emergency at downtown's Heart Attack Grill:

Mr. Allsup should consider people's right to freedom of choice. His firm represents stroke and heart attack patients in their efforts to obtain disability benefits from the Social Security system. Mr. Allsup portrays the Heart Attack Grill as a monster entity whose patronage ensures customers of a future stroke or heart attack.

If people wish to enjoy a very tasty meal with loads of fat and calories (which creates the good taste), then so be it. People are human and will eat what they truly want to eat.

I personally would not consider eating at the Heart Attack Grill, based of my personal health choices. But Las Vegas casino buffets are just as guilty of what Mr. Allsup objects to. Buffets offer loads of all-you-can-eat tasty calories and fat-loaded deserts.

Mr. Allsup should not preach about people's choices of food. America is a free country, and I say eat what you want -- perhaps in moderation.

Todd Wheelan

North Las Vegas

Whose morality?

To the editor:

So Brenda Becker (Sunday letter) is going to tell me what my morals should be? Who does she think she is? If she wants to discuss morals, go to church.

The government's primary function is not to enforce someone's code of morality. Yet it happens on both sides. The right says abortion is immoral, gay marriage is immoral and secularism is immoral. The left says being rich is immoral, fatty foods are immoral and fossil fuels are immoral.

This is the real problem: Someone else wants to tell me what's "moral" -- and they want make laws about it. Stop.

J. Daluga