Attack on Bybee shows liberals don’t get it

To the editor:

The Review-Journal reported Tuesday that Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, on Monday called for the impeachment of Las Vegan and federal judge Jay Bybee, one of the authors of “torture memos” written by senior Justice Department lawyers during the Bush administration.

Liberals and conservatives have been battling over the issue of “enhanced interrogation techniques” for the past several years now. The interpretation of “torture” given in the Bybee memo is acceptable and appropriate, in my opinion.

Enough is enough. The Bush administration’s actions in the aftermath of 9/11 kept each of us free and safe from further terrorist attacks for more than seven years. It is past due that we thank and credit the former president for the actions taken that promoted and preserved domestic safety during the remainder of his term after 9/11.

This should not become an ungrateful nation of whiners hanging onto unrealistic and idealistic judgments of morality based on the actions that were needed after the tragedy of 9/11.

My urging is that the liberal wing get off its high horse and come down to earth. When dealing with enemies who are terrorists, we must employ harsh measures when the occasions arise in order to promote the common defense of this nation and ensure its domestic tranquility. Leave Jay Bybee alone.

Bob Jack


Proper behavior

To the editor:

The letters against increases in class sizes (most recently, Tuesday’s “Kiddie herds” by Richard Mundy) bring to mind my childhood.

I attended schools from the first through the 12th grades in New York City from 1956 to 1968 and had an average of 40 to 45 students in my classes throughout that time. We received an excellent education because we were taught by our parents to be respectful of our teachers and that we were in school to learn. Misbehaving in school was unacceptable and we all knew consequences would follow bad behavior.

Throwing more funds at schools is not the answer. Perhaps that money would be better used requiring parents to attend classes to teach them how to instill in their children the proper way to behave in school. Teachers should not be required to “be ranchers, trying to control herds of children” as Mr. Mundy so appropriately stated in this letter.

Linda Whitebrook


Obey the law

To the editor:

Regarding the Saturday article on proposed changes to Nevada’s smoking ban:

I do believe the legislators in Carson City are a bunch of cowards. I guess they think pressure from the tavern owners trumps breathing clean air.

I enjoy going to a bar and not having to leave smelling from cigarettes. They stink up everything around them.

The voters passed the bill, the people spoke — that is the great thing about this country. Now, the bar owners want it rescinded, saying this is the cause of them losing money? I don’t buy it. There is no smoking in the pubs in Ireland. If those people can adjust, so can Nevadans.

I suggest everyone write, e-mail or call their legislators and voice their disapproval of them trying to undermine the voters of this state. The ballot question passed. Tavern owners can just obey the law. It’s simple: There is no smoking where food is served, period. It’s not that complicated.

Marlene Drozd


Rising up

To the editor:

Those on the left just don’t get it regarding last week’s tea parties. We’re not protesting paying taxes. Everyone knows taxes are a necessary evil to support necessary and responsible government and programs.

What we’re protesting are the insane levels of spending planned for the next 10 to 20 years to further the Obama agenda. We’re protesting the massive costs of a social re-engineering of American society, masquerading as a stimulus bill to save the economy.

And mostly, we’re protesting governments, federal and state, that look upon their citizens as cash cows to be milked for ever-increasing levels of taxes, taxing every aspect of our life to intolerable levels, and always looking for new and creative sources of revenue.

The time is close at hand when the public will rise up and say enough is enough.

Matt pelto


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