Campus diversity efforts indispensable

To the editor:

I find it amazing we still read commentaries like Glenn Cook’s in a multicultural and diverse society such as ours.

As chairman of the Board of Regents’ Diversity and Security Committee, I felt compelled to respond to his Sunday column, “Bowing to the god of ‘diversity and inclusion,’ ” and express my disdain for the way he portrayed the diversity initiatives of UNLV.

I applaud UNLV President David Ashley and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Christine Clark for taking the steps needed to create an all-inclusive campus. Unfortunately, we live in a society where fear, discrimination, favoritism and racism still exist in our world. For those who feel this is acceptable, I pray for you all.

UNLV is taking a proactive approach in promoting a diversified student population, faculty, staff and procurement practices. It is a constant work in progress that requires 100 percent dedication and commitment.

I wish we lived in an environment that did not judge others based upon the color of their skin, religious beliefs or orientation but, as sad as it may be, we do. The diversity efforts of UNLV and the other institutions of higher education should be supported by our community. There is no better environment to knock down the barriers of discrimination than on an academic campus. This is exactly where freedoms of expression and positive dialogue are encouraged.

We will make a positive difference in our society. We will overcome bigotry. We will create an environment for all. I even encourage you to become more positively active in our efforts.

I unequivocally do not agree with Mr. Cook’s comments, but I do respect his First Amendment right of expression. I know that if he spent some quality time at the Multicultural Center-Centro Multicultural, he would find it is designed for persons just like him: those afraid of opening up their minds to accept others not like themselves.

Cedric Crear



‘Stimulus’ scheme

To the editor:

So let me get this straight: The city of Las Vegas should spend a few hundred million dollars on a new City Hall so a few hundred laborers can stay employed (Saturday Review-Journal)?

I’ve got a better idea. Let’s use a very small fraction of that money and provide them with unemployment benefits like the rest of the people who are out of work.

If we continue along the city’s line of thinking, we should open more restaurants so the cooks and waitresses who were laid off can go back to work. Or better still, let’s create a new bank or brokerage firm so we can give jobs to all the bank managers and financial experts who were laid off.

That makes as much sense as building a new City Hall that we do not need right now just to give a few hundred laborers a job.

Liz Klein


The people’s business

To the editor:

I read your Saturday article about the Pfabes (“Couple faces coping with Yucca job loss”) with interest and sadness. I am sorry that Las Vegas resident John Pfabe is losing his job with the Yucca Mountain Project’s lead contractor, but he is blaming the wrong person.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing the people’s business. He is heeding the call of the majority of his constituents. We don’t want the Yucca Mountain Project. We have never wanted it. We don’t have a nuclear power plant, and we don’t want to be the dumping ground for states that do. There are no benefits to us for becoming their dump. Sen. Reid is fighting our fight, the fight that we want fought and won, to keep the dump out of Nevada.

It is too bad the Pfabes didn’t see this coming. They are on the wrong side of this issue.



Beef with editorial

To the editor:

In response to your Monday editorial, “Boards and commissions: Does state really need them all?”:

The Nevada Beef Council serves as the promotion, research and education arm of the Nevada beef industry and does not receive funding from the government. The Nevada Beef Council collects and oversees the Beef Checkoff Program, a producer-funded marketing program. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle. States retain up to 50 cents of the money collected to promote beef in their state. The state councils forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which oversees the national Beef Checkoff Program, which is subject to United States Department of Agriculture review. The program was designed to inform consumers and create demand.

The bottom line: The Nevada Beef Council is not a state agency and is not tax-supported. Beef producers fund the Nevada Beef Council through self-assessment.

Lucy Rechel



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