If we’re going to reward irresponsibility …

To the editor:

During my 50 adult years I have never missed a mortgage payment, never missed a car payment and never paid a dime of interest on a credit card bill. In short, I have followed all the rules, lived within my means and never asked for financial aid.

Starting tomorrow, all the credit card bills, mortgage statements and other obligations go into the trash. I will buy everything I can on credit regardless of need, cost or ability to pay when the bill comes due.

And when I have accumulated debt that far exceeds my assets, I will ask the government to bail me out.

Mike Garrison


Lots o’ lard

To the editor:

Well, euphoria abounds. Congress passed the bailout bill, and all will be well! Or so one would think by the reaction of the pundits.

But, please note, these clowns we elected still don’t get it. The final bill was larded up in the Senate with tax breaks for their favorites, adding $110 billion in tax and spending provisions. A factory making wooden arrows is among them. Our eminent legislators even grafted on legislation that requires broader mental health coverage by the insurance industry, an inclusion whose ultimate cost is immeasurable because so many mental illnesses are either indefinable or questionable.

Bailout indeed. But for whom?

William F. Brennan


This is ‘change’?

To the editor:

President Bush has been in office for more than 71/2 years. Almost two years ago, consumer confidence stood at a 21/2-year high. Gasoline cost about $2.20 a gallon. The unemployment rate was 4.5 percent. Americans were buying houses and taking vacations.

But Americans wanted “change,” so in 2006 they voted in a Democratic Congress. And, yes, we got “change.” In the past year, consumer confidence has plummeted. Gasoline peaked at more than $4 per gallon. The unemployment rate is more than 6 percent. Americans have seen their home equity drop by trillions of dollars, and it’s still dropping. Foreclosures have not bottomed out yet. The Dow Jones industrial average has taken a nose dive. Our 401(k) plans, stocks and mutual funds have almost evaporated.

No matter what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tell you, the president has no control over these issues. However, the 535 members of Congress do, and it is currently a Democratic majority.

What has this Congress done for the past two years? Absolutely nothing. Its approval rating is lower the president’s — at least he is in the double digits.

Now Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate for president, claims he is going to really give us a change, with the help of a Democratic Congress.

Just how much more “change” do you think we can stand?

Travis Whitley


Ridiculous standard

To the editor:

In your Oct. 1 story “EPA sets Yucca radiation standards,” Steve Tetreault reported “the Environmental Protection Agency purports to set the acceptable levels of radiation that people could receive from the Nevada site up to 1 million years in the future — no matter that nobody can tell what the Earth will look like then.”

Apparently, the EPA has set a two-part standard: the first 10,000 years, followed by the period of 10,000 to 1 million years.

Enormous brain power has been applied to this issue over the past few decades at taxpayer expense, including the work of the National Academy of Sciences, the International Commission on Radiological Protection, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Nuclear Energy Agency and Sen. Harry Reid (sorry — forget that one).

It took us about 4,000 years to progress from the creation of Stonehenge, stacking one bloody great rock atop another, to landing on the Moon. Based on this speed of human development, I project that 4,000 years from now, nuclear waste will be recycled into table napkins or sent to a dump on Pluto.

Can somebody find something useful for these “experts” to do?

Graham H. Tye


Job priorities

To the editor:

So the Clark County School District will pay $77,000 to two consultants for an administrative evaluation of failing programs that their own “administrators could do … if they weren’t so busy with other responsibilities,” according to the associate superintendent (“Advice price tag $77,000,” Friday Review-Journal). They can’t reorganize their duties? How much are we paying these people, and to do what?

Ronnie Garner


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