LETTERS: City Council should get Fire Department out of ambulance business

To the editor:

Bingo! Columnist Glenn Cook nailed the crux of the Las Vegas Fire Department’s battle with American Medical Response (“Ambulance feud begs bigger question,” Sunday Review-Journal). Namely, government has no business competing with privately owned companies.

Never mind any of the cost issues outlined so fervently by proponents of the Fire Department’s takeover of patient transports. Costs and numbers can be manipulated to make most any point. These arguments miss the whole point of the issue and as such are just a diversion.

Government should provide only those services that private citizens and privately owned businesses cannot provide for themselves, such as national defense and foreign policy. Fire Chief Willie McDonald is looking to expand his fiefdom. It’s as simple as that. The City Council should end this ploy. Let the firemen fight fires; that is their only function. Transporting the injured is not.



Trapping in Nevada

To the editor:

Mike Reese is making some rather broad assumptions in his letter defending hunting and trapping (“Trapping vs. natural death,” Wednesday Review-Journal). How did he come to the conclusion that it is animal rights activists who are attacking sportsmen? Many of the individuals who have written letters in opposition to trapping are nonactivist members of the community who based their opinions on actual experiences — which many have shared.

Mr. Reese is correct that every wild animal will die someday, possibly by starvation, dehydration or predation. However, what makes him think that the use of management tools is any less harsh? Animals caught in traps die from the very same causes, with the addition of pain and fear to compound their suffering. This can last for up to four days, since trappers are not currently required to check their traps sooner.

Claiming that hunting and trapping are far more humane and a better way to manage wildlife is an attempt to justify animal cruelty that results in profit for those who engage in the activity. They’re not doing wildlife any favors. Mother Nature has been at it a lot longer. She doesn’t need their help.



Honoring fallen soldiers

To the editor:

We put thousands upon thousands of little flags on grave sites all over America and in some foreign countries to honor Americans killed in two world wars and many no-win wars. Did these young Americans die so that we could live in a better country, or did they die in vain? Look around and tell me, were their short lives worth what they gave up for all of us?

We have rich bums on TV flaunting their wealth on worthless pursuits. We have rich racists spitting in the faces of people who made them rich. We have a two-party system that would be more at home on a child’s playground. We have an entertainment industry that makes millionaires out of people who have no real talent. We have 1 percent of our population so sick with greed and power that they could care less about all those little flags.

At this very moment, we are unable to take good care of our wounded and sick veterans. Will good ever triumph over these evils we are living with in our beloved country? It had better happen soon.



Benghazi and Iraq

To the editor:

In response to Jan Mills’ letter, I think it is wonderful that her thoughts and prayers are still with the families of the four men killed in the Benghazi attack on President Barack Obama’s watch (“Don’t forget Benghazi,” Sunday Review-Journal).

I just have one question for Ms. Mills: Are her thoughts and prayers still with the families of the 4,436 American soldiers killed in Iraq under the watch of her patron saint, President George W. Bush?



Voter guide

To the editor:

I would like to thank all the candidates who took the opportunity and time to complete the questionnaires provided by the Review-Journal for the voter guide (Sunday Review-Journal). I went to the Review-Journal’s website and painstakingly spent the morning pulling up and reading the information on every candidate, ballot in hand and marking my choices.

Those who completed the questionnaires educated the public by providing information not only on their candidacy, but also the various departments and issues of our government.

However, I also find it incomprehensible why any individual running for public office would completely ignore the public by not providing such information. So why should the public vote for you?

Kudos to the Review-Journal for the work and time put in during the voting seasons, and for giving the community as much information it can accumulate from the candidates in one convenient format.



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