A million here, a million there …

To the editor:

According to the charts shown with the Review-Journal’s Oct. 21 article, “Water rate increases in works,” the 5/8 inch household meter charge which is paid before we use a drop of water is going from $6.06 this year to $8.06 in 2010 — up 33 percent — and from $6.06 now to $10.06 in 2011 — up 66 percent.

The 5/8 inch meter commodity charge will go from 90 cents this year to $1.80 in 2010 — up 100 percent — and from 90 cents now to $2.70 in 2011 — up 200 percent.

I’m not exactly sure what Richard Wimmer of the Las Vegas Valley Water District means when he says, “It’s a fairly minimal impact to the bill for the vast majority of our customers.” Minimal to whom and by whose definition? The district’s?

It doesn’t matter how low a base you’re starting from, when a government entity announces its rates are rising by one-third, two-thirds, doubling and tripling, it just may be time for the county commissioners to take a much, much closer look at both the financial and operating expenses of the district before they just rubber stamp this multimillion-dollar transfer from a badly weakened private sector into what is probably the most financially comfortable government bureaucracy in Nevada.

knight allen


Evil holiday

To the editor:

The pagan feast of Halloween is foreign to Christian tradition and has become a superstitious and empty way of imposing mindless triviality.

The day has its origin in the Celtic New Year, which celebrated the return of the spirits of the dead to their homes. Hence, those who observe Halloween, though they are probably ignorant of what they are doing and why they are doing it, are in reality celebrating death, the devil and Hell.

The observance of Halloween is mixed with Christian festivities whose meanings are totally contrary to Halloween. On Nov. 1, Christians celebrate belief in the communion of saints. On Nov. 2, we make visits to the cemetery as a religious and profoundly human gesture, inspired by the hope in the resurrection.

I encourage Christians to celebrate the Christian truths of these days with renewed faith as a response to the real concerns of mankind today. Also, as an alternative to Halloween I might suggest that parents not allow their children to go trick-or-treating, but instead attend costume parties where they can dress as Biblical figures.

Tim Storey


Get lost

To the editor:

As a Republican, I wish that Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld would just get lost. Every time either one gives a speech, thousands of registered Republicans rethink their commitment to the party, and Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann have enough material for days of GOP bashing on MSNBC.

Given the sub-basement approval ratings of these two, it is obvious that they are only welcomed by a small fraction of the GOP, but the rest of us cringe every time they stick their heads up. After the mess they orchestrated in Iraq, they have no business lecturing Obama on foreign policy or anything else.

Mr. Cheney should concentrate on fly fishing and learning how to avoid shooting his fellow hunters instead of the game birds on his hunting trips, and Rummy should do whatever he does to amuse himself, as long as he stays out of sight of the electorate.

These two guys remind voters of the mistakes of the Bush years and are the gift that keeps on giving for the Democrats.

Bruce brown


Greedy CEOs

To the editor:

When studying Roman times B.C., I found it interesting that, in what is now France, the Romans built the aqueduct to carry water from the river to the well in the city of Nimes.

To illustrate how society has been corrupted and deteriorated, when the water supply through the aqueduct from the river to the town was plentiful, the aristocracy was allowed to take extra water, if needed.

When the water flow was sparse, however, the water in the well was shared by all of the residents equally.

Today, under the guise of selflessness and “the benefit of their subjects,” our CEOs of business and political leaders think only of how to benefit themselves with little real thought and consideration for their subjects. We all know what happened to the great Roman civilization, and other memorable civilizations, as well. It is called greed.



No heroes

To the editor:

In response to the Oct. 24 letter from police union official Chris Collins’, who said the two Metro officers who died recently in traffic accidents were heroes:

Officers James Manor and Milburn Beitel died breaking the law. This in no way makes them heroes. What kind of department would honor someone who puts the lives of people they are paid to protect in danger?

If someone had died because of their antics, they would be considered criminals. I resent my tax dollars being spent to honor these people. Just because they are police officers doesn’t make them heroes.

George Urias


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