If an industry is legal, isn’t it already ‘legitimate’?

To the editor:

I don’t understand why the Legislature is refusing to tax prostitution, but I can think of three reasons why it should (“Senate panel rejects $5 tax on sex,” Friday Review-Journal).

First, the brothel industry wants to be taxed. Second, it would bring in an estimated $2 million a year to the state. And third, Nevada takes dirty money from the tobacco industry, so why should it be shy about taking money from prostitution?

Some legislators have argued that taking money from the brothel business would legitimize the industry. But isn’t the industry legitimate already, since we have legalized it in Nye County and other rural areas?

Rita Flores

HENDERSON

Real corruption

To the editor:

In response to your April 1 story, “Obama will visit LV for Reid benefit”:

It’s ironic that President Obama, who dissed Las Vegas as being unsuitable for meetings of corporations that accepted taxpayer bailouts, thus causing losses of untold millions of dollars to our economy, now plans to visit us on the taxpayer’s dime in order to promote Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s 2010 bid for re-election.

If the president is serious about ending “junkets,” he should cancel the visit. His fundraising trip is more corrupt than anything a corporation could envision.

Robert Cranley Jr.

LAS VEGAS

Profile in waste

To the editor:

Emergenetics. Even George Orwell would be appalled at the direction the Clark County School Board is headed (“Teachers, parents question expense of brain analyses,” Friday Review-Journal).

Instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on behavioral “profiling” — a term I have always associated with the search for serial killers — why isn’t this money used to lift Nevada education out of the abyss?

Kathleen Hazen

LAS VEGAS

Where are workers?

To the editor:

The next time you’re driving around the city, count the number of orange construction cones that are placed on the streets.

If city construction workers were working everywhere you see orange cones, Las Vegas would have the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

K.R. Lewis

LAS VEGAS

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