C’mon Metro, get the real criminals

To the editor:

Re: “Police must have a lot of free time,” Oct. 9 letter:

New leadership is required if the Las Vegas Metro vice unit is going to actually fight crime. Instead of using tax dollars to lounge by the pool or hit on exotic dancers, officers should be making our streets safer.

Metro Lt. Karen Hughes obviously is not running vice effectively, so someone new should be brought in. It’s shameful to know that our vice unit has lowered its standards to chasing girls around the city. Our city deserves better leadership out of its police force.

Alexander Loukas


To the editor:

I strongly agree that Metro police shouldn’t be wasting time in strip clubs while there are other crimes going on. Our taxes shouldn’t be spent on policemen hunting girls. It seems more like these cops want to kick back at strip clubs for free, using our tax money.

Shannon Hsu


To the editor:

I definitely agree with your editorial about cops cracking down on strip clubs. Cops should be focusing on crimes that have a victim, not drawing the line between seductive and sexual. The men who go in to these clubs aren’t victims; they’re paying for these women to dance for them.

I also agree that for cops to “investigate” these instances, they’d have to be very up close and personal with the strippers and their clients. How ridiculous can this get?

There is a constant stream of crime in Las Vegas: theft, rape, domestic violence, etc. I simply don’t believe that this will ever slow down enough for cops to have the time to worry about trivial things like whether a lap dance is getting too friendly.

Jessica Kidder


To the editor:

It was amusing to read the article in Thursday’s paper concerning the billboards erected by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Members of the group asserted that the adherents of religion need to be “fixed.”

Well, before we decide who needs to be fixed, let’s look at the relative contributions to civilization of each group, atheists and believers.

While there have certainly been abuses by churches, and people failing to live up to their ideals, overall Christians strive to be helpful and giving, both of their time and money. How many hospitals have been built by atheists? How many schools?

How many hungry have been fed by atheist relief organizations? How many atheist disaster relief organizations rush to flood, hurricane and earthquake areas around the world? How many children are fed on a daily basis by atheists. How about art, literature, and music? Who’s made the greater contribution there?

At this point someone will pull out the old argument about the crusades, inquisition and religious wars — and it’s true, they were wrong. But take a look at just the 20th century alone and let’s see how many people the atheists and their political systems killed. Let’s just stick to Mao, Stalin and Hitler.

For all the error people commit in the name of God, people of faith are still a major force for good in the world.

Matt Pelto


To the editor:

Re: “Restricting expression,” Oct. 7 editorial:

Restricting profit from the sale of animal cruelty videos in not unconstitutional as your editorial suggests, but rather it is the very essence of constitutional. Animal cruelty is illegal, immoral and unjust; allowing anyone to profit from this illegal activity falls along these same lines.

We need to be the voice for these poor creatures who are suffering at the hands of sick people. We do not allow anyone to profit from the illegal act of child pornography, so how can we allow anyone to profit from the illegal act of animal cruelty? It is hypocritical to support one, but not the other.

Focusing solely on preventing animal cruelty without stopping the sale of the videos is like focusing on preventing the act of child pornography, but not the sale of it. These videos promote animal cruelty. Stop the promotion, and we help to stop the act.

Amber Lilienthal


To the editor:

Re: “The hot water gets hotter,” Friday editorial:

While I neither politically support nor oppose Sen. John Ensign, I do not believe he should be forced to resign based on his recent extramarital affair. I, personally, don’t think that a man’s actions about the bedroom should be used as a marker of the man’s ambitions.

Admittedly, it is, in many ways, morally wrong to commit an infidelity against one’s spouse. However, it is nothing new in this day and age and should not be used against any one particular man.

Sen. Ensign should be judged more heavily upon his political actions rather than his sexual exploits.

Michael Baca


To the editor:

Concerning the World War I memorial in the Mojave National Preserve:

I find it hard to believe that our esteemed justices’ time and our tax dollars continue to be wasted battling what this country was established on. From the Mayflower Compact to George Washington’s inaugural prayer session, this country was indeed founded on Christianity.

For the people who would like to honor our war dead with a symbol of the cross, wouldn’t this be an American civil liberty of their own? Why is it the American Civil Liberties Union always seems to be the “Anti Christian Lawyers Union”? Shouldn’t the ACLU be fighting for the people who want to respectfully honor Americans who gave their lives for this country?

Dan Jaykins

Bev Jaykins


To the editor:

Re: Virgil Sestini’s Thursday letter on Columbus Day:

The history books do not need to be rewritten — they need to be corrected.

Columbus Day should not be a holiday. But not for the reasons that you might think. Columbus did not “discover” the new world, nor did he “open” the new world to European civilization.

That honor goes to the Vikings who explored the waters of what is now Newfoundland, Canada in 986. The Viking Leif Erickson, the son of Eric the Red, explored the coast of North America and named it Vinland. Further, The Viking explorer Thorfinn Karlsefni established the first European settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows Vinland, in the New Found Land.

In 1170, the Welsh Prince Madoc and his brother Riryd set sail from Wales and are believed to have landed in what is now Mobile Bay, Ala. As corroboration of that, in 1953 the Daughters of the American Revolution erect a plaque in Mobile Bay, “In Memory of Prince Madoc, a Welsh explorer, who landed in 1170.” The park service shortly thereafter removed the sign. Not because it was wrong, but because they didn’t have permission to erect it in the first place.

So the best that you could say is that Columbus rediscovered the “new world” — but even there he missed the continent completely and landed in the Bahamas.

To quote Virgil: “Human history is what it is.”

Richard Pulsifer


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