A case of tax evasion in Boulder City

To the editor:

As a 35-year resident of Boulder City, I am outraged, horrified as well as mystified as to how our city manager, Vicki Mayes, has registered an $83,000 vehicle out of state (“State law eventually registers with city official,” Review-Journal, Aug 22). Is she above supporting our city, county and state?

This practice, a type of tax evasion, is abhorrent. The Boulder City Council should immediately begin actions to terminate Ms. Mayes.

JOHN H. ELLIS

BOULDER CITY

Just a name

To the editor:

I predict the announced name change of the Nevada Test Site to Nevada National Security Site will cost well more than $1 million (Review-Journal, Tuesday). I base this prediction on my experience as medical director for the Nevada Operations Office of the Department of Energy for 18 years (1973-1990).

I was familiar with the original Atomic Energy Commission, which was changed to the Energy Research and Development Agency, which eventually was changed to the Department of Energy. The Nevada Test Site is part of the Energy Department. Will they change that, too?

Just consider what happens when a government agency changes its name: It’ll need a new logo, stationery, signs, vehicle name changes, mementos, flags and all the other things government suppliers think of … for profit, of course.

I bet the public could think of more productive ways to spend the money.

Just another thought to cheer you up in these troubled economic times.

Len Kreisler

Las Vegas

Baring clone?

To the editor:

Sharron Angle reminds me of Walter Baring, who defied his detractors by being re-elected to Nevada’s lone seat in Congress 10 times (1949-73). This Goldfield native didn’t like a broad interpretation of the Constitution, foreign aid, give-away programs or federal government very much.

Some say he was a loner with his colleagues and not effective in getting federal funds for the Silver State. After the votes were tabulated on Election Day, however, he usually won. It’ll be interesting to see if Nevadans select Majority Leader Harry Reid or another Walter Baring come November.

Bill Byrnes

Dayton

Talks with anyone

To the editor:

In your article “Horsford rescinds letter soliciting contributions in exchange for access,” it was implied that I am open to talk to only those Nevadans who have an issue I am personally interested in. I want to make myself clear to all Nevadans.

I ran for office because I believe Nevadans need representatives who understand the struggles they face. As a small businessman, a father and grandfather, I know what it means to meet a payroll and to worry late into the night about making sure your children have what they need to be healthy and to succeed in life

I work very hard to bring the concerns of my fellow Nevadans to the Legislature and consider those concerns and issues very carefully.

I know that especially during these rough economic times, the impact of my votes are very important to all Nevadans. We need to remain open to good suggestions from our citizenry. Should any Nevadan want to contact me, I can be reached by calling my business at (702) 647-3550. I will personally respond to your message.

John Lee

Las Vegas

The writer, a Democrat, represents Clark County District 1 in the Nevada Senate.

Train rides

To the editor:

The old theme was: How the West was won.

The new theme should be: How the West was saved.

Our Nevada politicians should join forces with California and Utah and beg, borrow or steal whatever money it takes to begin a project for rapid transit from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

Consider putting this service on a fast-track agenda by using the existing rail right-of-way and limit the travel time to 90 minutes.

This should be only the starting point of the infrastructure project.

While this project is under way, spur lines to the Los Angeles hub from surrounding cities can be approved for construction along with a line that connects Las Vegas to Utah.

While this is under way, Las Vegas should plan for a rail route to Reno and sites necessary to create travel to and from all three states. The west can keep planning and building the infrastructure to all states that may wish to become solvent — and this would create enough jobs to last for a lifetime.

If certain politicians in Washington block every project to create jobs then we in the West should grab the bull by the horns to revive our economy. Let’s stop the foolish bickering and power-grabbing stunts and start trying to make the West what it should be.

Hopping on a train will help the air pollution problem, along with reducing our dependency on foreign oil. Maybe we can even create a way to use our hot sun to construct solar panels to help drive the trains.

Don Ellis

Henderson

No flak

To the editor:

In response to the Aug. 25 article by Laura Myers, “Democrat catches flak from volunteers”: I was one of the volunteers who had the opportunity to attend this meeting with former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, head of the Democratic National Committee. There were no “complaints,” only inquiries.

Mr. Kaine answered questions about the new health care law, which includes insurance for children, closing the drug doughnut hole for people on Medicare, and the fact that some insurance companies are now issuing refunds for over-charges on medication.

The discussion about the mosque project was addressed by our president as an effort to show support for all religions and to protect all religions under the First Amendment.

Ms. Myers also neglected to mention that the “flak” was not about what the president hasn’t done. As Mr. Kaine explained, Barack Obama is too busy being president to boast about his accomplishments and take pictures on the White House lawn.

Joan Gaiptman

Las Vegas

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