To the editor:
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa on Friday delayed a 90-day jail term for boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Saturday Review-Journal). Over a recent time span that can hardly be ignored, Mr. Mayweather has exhibited all the patterns of a repeat offender of domestic assault. His controlling behavior is something that should not be taken lightly.
Domestic violence is a crime. Prosecution should be pursued aggressively, and punishment should be served immediately. What message is the judicial system sending to offenders with fat wallets and high-profile attorneys? Are these revolving doors open only to the rich and famous?
Statistics show that repeat offenses are likely to occur, on average, more than 50 percent of the time. Is the system waiting for a fatality before penalizing the offender when enough money can insulate him from due justice?
It appears as though Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s sentence was postponed for economic reasons. However, the fact remains that he did not bother to personally appear for sentencing. This leaves one to imagine that shady dealings were in motion prior to his scheduled court appearance.
Further, there is no clear reason that this postponement would have an economic impact. A definite opponent was not named for his alleged May 5 fight date. Also, the city is likely to be busting at the seams with visitors for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Do we have double standards in the judicial system? Should campaign donations be scrutinized? Puzzling, to say the least.
To the editor:
Sen. Dean Heller should be given a lot of credit for speaking before a largely unfriendly audience packed with Latino and Democratic activists (Review-Journal, Saturday). He is right to be opposed to the DREAM Act, and it is beyond me how anyone can think it is OK to give special rights not afforded to U.S. citizens to illegal aliens and their children.
If the Democrats pander to this group, they almost could be considered anti-American.
Since when is it acceptable to favor the illegal group over the citizens? This is absolutely crazy thinking, and anyone who supports that view does not deserve our votes.
If the Latinos or any group want to be considered part of America, they should follow the rules, not ask for or expect special treatment.
We should definitely support politicians such as Dean Heller, who are looking out for everyone. We will all be better off in the short term and long run.
Needs a fix
To the editor:
The AARP lobbyists continue to try to deceive seniors, trying to convince them that Social Security is not broke, is not part of the debt problem and must not be revised.
In Carla Sloan's Sunday commentary, she says the Social Security Trust Fund is solvent, even though the money has been replaced with IOUs (government bonds). But Social Security outlays began to exceed income in 2010, and the shortfall must be made up from bond interest and bond redemptions paid out of the Treasury's general fund. The amount in 2010 was $49 billion. That's $49 billion added to the Treasury's deficit.
Fixing the debt problem will require fixing Social Security, and trying to convince seniors to reject any changes is dishonest. The focus needs to be on means testing and other fixes that don't impact the people who depend on their monthly checks to pay the rent. Reducing payments to the rich won't hurt them.
But doing nothing will only add to our country's economic problems.