LETTERS: Arrest those who heard something, did nothing

To the editor:

I’m not a lawyer, but I know what depraved indifference is. Several people knew what those insane people, the Millers, were going to do, but they failed to report what they heard to the police. Consequently, there are children without fathers and wives without husbands, and they will mourn their loss for the rest of their lives.

Our community has lost two fine law enforcement officers and a good and brave neighbor. Why haven’t these silent citizens been charged with a crime? Technically, they are as guilty as those who pulled the trigger. I called Las Vegas police and asked the same question. The answer was, “We can’t point fingers.”

What happened to, “If you see something, say something”? How much will it take to encourage people to participate in their own safety and the preservation of our way of life?

LA VONNE ARMBRUST

LAS VEGAS

Plate enforcement

To the editor:

In response to your June 19 report, “Federal judge bars Las Vegas constable from collecting $100 license plate fee from ex-Utah woman”:

I hate to say I agree with Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura and the way his office was enforcing the state’s license plate law, but I must. He has been tasked with enforcement of the law, and police want no part of enforcing this law. NRS 482.385 states anyone who operates a vehicle in this state for more than 30 days in a calendar year must register that vehicle in this state, regardless of where the driver is a resident. Exactly what part of that is not clear? Tell that to your neighbors and co-workers who are and have been flaunting Utah, Arizona, Oregon and California plates for years. And that is for nonresidents.

Residents have 30 days after establishing residency to register their vehicles here, period. I do not want to hear the whining of politicians, the sheriff, the school superintendent, et al, that we do not have money for their needs when every registration contributes to police and schools. I am not saying this is the ultimate solution to budget shortfalls, but hey, every little bit helps.

DAVE DOBBINS

HENDERSON

Freeloader

To the editor:

In my opinion, Nicole McMillen is just another lousy freeloader. Wrapping one’s self in the blanket of the Constitution to avoid the law is ludicrous (“Federal judge bars Las Vegas constable from collecting $100 license plate fee from ex-Utah woman,” June 19 Review-Journal).

How is the collection incentive of this fine any different than any other traffic citation issued by law enforcement? All citations are incentivized. The more citations written, the more dollars for law enforcement and the courts. We all could cry “shakedown” when presented with a traffic ticket. However, most of us are law-abiding citizens with enough common sense to know right from wrong. The judge’s decision in this case seems to have more to do with the constable’s office than with the law, or is the “Bunkerville Syndrome” raising its ugly head yet again?

JERRY PETRIK

HENDERSON

Reid’s priorities

To the editor:

Sen. Harry Reid, check your priorities. Our economy is in the tank; our southern border is in shambles; veterans are caught up in the VA’s tangled web; the IRS has run amok; the Middle East is a powder keg.

Yet your top concern seems to be the name of a football team because you think it insults a small group of Native Americans. Never mind that the team is a private enterprise. If you are really sincere in wanting to enhance the esteem of Native Americans, why not take positive actions to improve the deplorable living conditions that are prevalent on many of our Indian reservations? This would be a far more beneficial action for America, and it’s within the scope of your duties as a U.S. senator.

DON EWING

HENDERSON

Dodger Nation

To the editor:

It’s really a shame that a newspaper like the Review-Journal does not acknowledge the Los Angeles Dodgers. I very seldom see articles mentioning any of their games. The Dodgers are the closest Major League Baseball team to Las Vegas and all I see in your paper are articles about the 51s. Your Sports section leaves a lot to be desired, as far as I’m concerned.

JACK ORNSTEIN

LAS VEGAS

IRS merely inefficient

To the editor:

I would not define the IRS email mystery as a scandal (“IRS excuses for obstruction suggest cover-up,” Friday Review-Journal editorial). No one has been proved and judged guilty of any malfeasance.

I would, however, question the level of proficiency displayed by this agency, all the way to its senior executives. This agency has the power to seize your assets and make you prove them wrong. They are charged with enforcing compliance with our recently enacted Affordable Care Act. And the agency is challenged by accurate record compilation?

Government is supposed to reflect the needs of its citizens and represent them in a diligent manner. What we are experiencing is a government engrossed with its own welfare at the expense of its citizens.

TOM HOOVER

LAS VEGAS

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