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LETTERS: Dropping Dash Pass a dumb decision

The headline on John L. Smith's Dash Pass column read, "DMV's Dash Pass penalized poor, less tech-savvy" (July 25 Review-Journal online). If that headline were expanded, it might have read, "DMV's Dash Pass penalized poor, less tech-savvy, so instead we will cancel the service and penalize those who are up to date with current and affordable technology." After all, who doesn't have a cellphone these days?

LETTERS: Trump the modern-day, truth-telling court jester

Has Donald Trump become America's Jester? In medieval times, the court jester was an established institution. The jester, often referred to as the fool, was exempt from the niceties of the court and could speak the truth without fear of punishment. In today's parlance, he could tell it like it is, regardless of the consequences.

EDITORIAL: Long walk to new arena? The horror!

Las Vegas has long wanted to attract a major professional sports franchise, and it's on the brink of doing so with the National Hockey League. But apparently there's concern about where all the local fans might park to access the gleaming new Strip arena being built by MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment Group.

LETTERS: Selfie stupidity justifies fine

The article in the July 26 Review-Journal about visitors who are taking "selfies" at Yellowstone National Park is further proof that you can't fix stupid ("Bison attacks woman trying to take a selfie in Yellowstone Park"). When one goes to this majestic park, there are signs posted everywhere warning people to stay at least 30 yards away from the bison and other wild animals. Yet people, in their stupidity, choose to ignore the signs and get self-absorbed in taking a selfie using their cameras. Then, when they are injured, immediately the rangers and other park personnel have to rush to their aid. As cold as it may sound, these people should be fined. Maybe they would learn a lesson and heed the warnings that are posted.

LETTERS: Laws should encourage more legal gun ownership

Each time our country experiences an act of gun violence, such as occurred recently in Charleston, S.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., we hear talk of gun control for a while. But usually nothing happens, because no one knows exactly what to do in order to prevent the violence. Gun control, more stringent background checks and so on is not the answer.

LETTERS: Trump terribly wrong about immigrants

Never in the annals of American politics has one man — Donald Trump — been so wrong for so long about so much. Mr. Trump's bombastic opinions about immigration, foreign policy and the fight against ISIS make one wonder about the depths of extremism to which the Republican Party I belong to has sunk.

LETTERS: Small changes can help improve climate

As a Las Vegas resident since 2003 and a visitor since 1977, I have seen the valley grow and change. I love our valley and am excited that our economy seems to be improving, but I am concerned about other trends I see. Some people will argue that climate change is not real, but as an observer of nature, I can tell something is not right.

LETTERS: Man-made global warming hardly settled science

Regarding Doug Nusbaum's letter ("GOP on climate change," July 11 Review-Journal) and the general argument that those against anthropogenic (man-made) global warming are anti-science: Contrary to the accusation that we do not understand statistics, upper-division physics or partial differential equations, many of us do.

LETTERS: The problem isn't media, it's citizens

Appropriately, Harry Long'€™s letter blaming the media and leftists for society's woes, without supporting facts ("Collapsing society," July 14 Review-Journal), was exquisitely contradicted by the highly unfavorable Hillary Clinton political cartoon above it on the opinion page.

LETTERS: R-J errs by publishing Malkin column

The Review-Journal has crossed the line into hate speech and inflammatory rhetoric by publishing the hostile, disgusting rants of Michelle Malkin ("Paying the price for abortion," July 22 Review-Journal). That same column, on Ms. Malkin's website and others, appeared under the headline, ’€œThe wine-sipping butchers of Planned Parenthood.’€ Of course, someone toned down the headline for the R-J, which I assume was to make it more palatable, but the column reads exactly as it appears on her website.

LETTERS: Traditional beliefs unfairly tagged as 'hate speech'

I am a Christian, a Republican, I am pro-life and pro-traditional marriage. I used to be able to discuss those things without fear of reprisals. But traditional beliefs are now considered ’€œhate speech’€ in many places, and those who espouse them are labeled anti-freedom of choice, homophobes, bigots and dangerous extremists.

LETTERS: CCSD teachers get shortchanged

In response to the article on teacher raises (“Clark County School District says no to pay raises,” June 29 Review-Journal online), I feel it necessary as a CCSD teacher to say that I will not do more for less any longer. How is it that CCSD has to cut funding for pay raises that I feel myself and my colleagues deserve, yet we can entice new teachers to come to our great state to teach with a sign-on bonus? What does this say to current teachers instructing a transient population? What does this say to students who rarely see their past teachers because of constant transfers and resignations?

LETTERS: Gay marriage ruling pinches free practice of religion

In Jim Graham's letter on the gay marriage ruling, he asked, "€œWhat effect does this ruling have on you? If you believe that marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, no earthly court can alter your belief. You are free to believe whatever you want.€ ("Marriage ruling won't harm Christians," July 10 Review-Journal). He went on to write, "This ruling does not, in any way, define marriage."€

LETTERS: Education isn't received, it's earned

Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz'€™ letter explained why his office claims that the new Education Savings Accounts established by Senate Bill 302 do not conflict with the state's Constitution, which prohibits the use of public funds for sectarian purposes ("Clarifying Education Savings Accounts," July 8 Review-Journal). I won't argue one way or another on this matter, as I have chosen to form an opinion after I see how the bill is applied and the degree to which Nevada's children benefit from it.

LETTERS: To save water, limit growth

A recent publication outlined the city of Henderson‘s plans to significantly increase rates for water use over a three-year period. Officials asked for comments. My comment suggested two answers to stop overuse of our severely dwindling Lake Mead water supply.