Day cartoon on district really nailed it

To the editor:

I would like to commend Jim Day for his Sunday political cartoon depicting the Clark County School District leadership in a tower telling the people in the lowly classrooms to tighten their belts — and the response from the classroom is, “We don’t have any belts.” Whereas I do not always agree with Mr. Day’s views, he has hit this one squarely on the head.

As a longtime district classroom teacher, I have repeatedly heard from the district leadership about what we can afford in regard to how we educate our children, while I watch staggering amounts of money outrageously wasted on projects, materials and personnel that do not help in any way in what I do in my classroom.

I am told to make personal financial sacrifices and watch my benefits be taken away while personal administration financial resources continue to grow. I am made to teach students in a plywood portable classroom while a granite palace, complete with restrooms and showers, is purchased for administration decision-makers.

I am shown how insignificant I am through district policies, unworthy of making a decision on my own, while ignorance continues to abound in administrative decisions.

Thank you, Mr. Day.

Jim Hayes


Involved kids

To the editor:

I am so saddened by the answers when I ask my daughter’s 15- to 17-year-old friends who they like in the Democratic and Republican caucuses. Not a single one of them seems to have any interest. The standard answer is, “I don’t know anything about them, so I have no opinion.”

That is so sad. They are so close to voting age, and so disinterested.

I vividly remember the Kennedy/Nixon election, when I was only 5 years old. The election was so close, I viewed it as an exciting game. I stayed up all night with my parents, waiting for the outcome.

Parents who are voters, please teach your children to participate in democracy. Talk them into picking a candidate for the Nevada caucuses, and for the Super Tuesday primaries, even if they don’t know much about the candidate. Teach them to root for someone, even if they view the election simply as a sport or a game. It’s the first step toward their becoming a participating citizen.

Take your teenagers with you to the caucus, just to observe. Yes, it’s allowed. They will remember participating as history is made. And when you’re gone, and they are in their 50s, they will fondly think about your time together during each presidential campaign.



Bad timing

To the editor:

In a previous election, I was proud to have been endorsed by the Nevada State Education Association and to have had the support of their members in increasing voter turnout in my election bid. It is that positive experience that now makes me question why the present leadership of the NSEA — with the entire country focused on Nevada — would file a lawsuit immediately prior to the upcoming Democratic caucus that would serve only to suppress turnout.

Sen. Harry Reid and others went to great lengths to move Nevada’s caucus into the national spotlight. Now, instead of the focus being on the hard work by party, candidate and union volunteers to ensure high turnout at the caucus, it is on the NSEA’s misguided efforts to exclude other voters, who are not as fortunate as teachers to have Saturdays off, from the caucus process.

If NSEA officials were so concerned that the at-large caucus process would result in a violation of equal protection, as alleged in their lawsuit, surely they could have raised these concerns months ago so that such concerns could have been resolved by the state party well in advance of the caucus. Now, thanks to the NSEA, the party will have its attention diverted from the all-important final preparations for the caucus to instead defending against the NSEA’s lawsuit.

I would urge the NSEA to immediately drop its lawsuit so that the state party and the many others involved in the process can get back to the task at hand of preparing for Saturday’s caucus so that we can show the rest of the country that Nevada deserved its spot on the national stage.



Great hero

To the editor:

Christopher Hitchens’ dismissal of Martin Luther King Jr. as a mere “demagogue” (“Obsession with Obama’s race pathetic, embarrassing,” Review Journal, Jan. 11) is purely outrageous.

Mr. King was one of America’s greatest heroes and inspirational leaders, and to categorize his speeches as manipulative and dangerous is ridiculous and offensive.



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