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LETTERS: ‘America’s Got Talent,’ but lacks voters

To the editor:

The voter turnout for last week’s primary election finally convinced me that the people of Nevada, and particularly in Clark County, think primaries are some kind of spectator sport.

To put the turnout in perspective, one out of every six people statewide, and one out of eight people in Clark County, voted in the election.

All the candidates who participate in the primary put their lives and livelihoods on hold for 3½ months to try to persuade the voters to elect them. They spend countless hours talking to constituents, going to public events and raising funds, all of that to try to gain votes so they can advance to the general election. Then they spend another five months doing the same thing, hoping that they get elected so they can serve the people of Nevada.

Yet 80 percent of registered voters in Nevada can’t spend a few hours of their precious time, before the primary, discovering who the candidates are and where they stand on the issues confronting our state. Here’s a tip on where to start the search: contact the major and minor county political parties by phone or on the Internet.

Maybe we need to turn our elections into a talent show like “American Idol” or “America’s Got Talent.” Ask the average person who represents them in the state Senate or state Assembly, and that person will not know. Then ask them who won “American Idol,” and they can probably tell you who won the last five seasons. Those talent contests and their winners have absolutely no effect on our day-to-day lives, but our state legislators certainly do. They determine the sales tax, the personal property tax, insurance costs, license fees and any number of other things that affect our daily lives.

Get up off the sofa and get involved, although I hope no one takes my advice. I really enjoy making the choice for the other 80 percent. That makes my political point of view more valuable.

ART GISI

LAS VEGAS

Shooters’ photo ill-placed

To the editor:

It was completely inappropriate for the Review-Journal to place pictures of the murderers of our police officers and the innocent civilian on the same page (“Shooters’ motives remain unclear,” Tuesday Review-Journal). It’s despicable that the murderers’ picture was even on the front page, let alone above our slain police officers.

Doesn’t anyone think about how that makes the community feel? Sometimes I wonder why I subscribe to the Review-Journal. This was embarrassing, very embarrassing, to say the least.

JOANN SIMMONS

LAS VEGAS

Circus a cruel environment

To the editor:

It’s hard to believe people still buy tickets to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey Circus, the cruelest show on Earth, which is coming to the Thomas &Mack Center. The animals’ lives are filled with deprivation, punishment, confinement, control and stressful situations.

The circus train is their home. Elephants, horses, camels and ponies are chained in a small space for up to 19 hours a day. The other animals are stuffed into a travel cage only large enough for them to stand up, turn around and lay down again — that too is their home. They are never able to run free, feel grass under their feet or take a drink when they are thirsty. They’re only let out to perform or be trained. They have no freedom of movement and are at the mercy of their trainers. A few hours of entertainment for a lifetime of misery.

Many people have become aware of the animals’ abused plight and have turned their backs on the circus. But many people are lured with free tickets and promises of fun for the family. I ask people to look behind the curtain and imagine what the daily lives of these animals are like, and realize this is not entertainment, but cruelty.

If you care about animals, please avoid going to the circus and consider joining the compassionate people standing out front holding protest signs. Take the time to read the signs and take their literature. Please see for yourself why they are out there. It is time for this outdated cruel road show to stop, and the public can make that happen.

LINDA FASO

LAS VEGAS

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