LETTERS: Commission the problem, not Dotty’s

To the editor:

Too many out-of-work individuals have given up trying to secure employment. Children are being beaten and then returned to the abusing parents/caregivers. Homeowners in the mountains are still waiting for work to start so their homes will be safe from floods.

Hotly contested election issues are bouncing around, being batted back and forth like pingpong balls. Pedestrians and motorcycle riders keep being killed on county streets. North Las Vegas administrators do not know the difference between public and private issues. Henderson officials plead poverty, then augment salaries at the top. Las Vegas wants a stadium at any cost, in opposition to the wishes of the taxpayers. City officials forget that unless a team is winning, it will not be supported by the locals.

And the Clark County Commission (which thinks it is the city of South Las Vegas) spends time, taxpayer funds and energy on what? Dotty’s. Ben Botkin’s article on this issue makes my head spin (“Clark County takes aim at taverns,” Oct. 8 Review-Journal). The commissioners are going after Dotty’s again.

I have never been in a Dotty’s in my life, but it’s so obvious that the Clark County Commission is poking at them to reward Nevada Resort Association members for campaign support. The Clark County Commission needs to get its priorities straight.

BETH BROWN

LAS VEGAS

Polish culture thrives

To the editor:

I read with some interest the letter from Thomas Palczynski regarding Polish Heritage Month and the lack of anything Polish in Las Vegas (“Polish Heritage Month,” Oct. 9 Review-Journal). I would like to point out that in Las Vegas, there is strong Polish leadership and many cultural endeavors.

The Polish-American Social Club produces three or four cultural events per month, two already in October. Saint John Paul II Polish School has been established for more than seven years and also produces cultural events. The Polish folk dance group, Piast, has been established for three years and provides a cultural dance program not only in Las Vegas, but also throughout the western United States.

The Polish Catholic ministry in Las Vegas celebrates a Polish mass weekly at two parishes. Temple Beth Sholom has a beautiful and respectful memorial garden in honor of those interned in the Warsaw Ghetto. The state of Nevada is home to 15,000 Polish citizens and 50,000 Americans of Polish decent.

Of all the foreign investment by Poland in the U.S., the state with the largest percentage of this is not Illinois, California or New York, but Nevada. The Polish Consulate in Las Vegas has been established here for six years, providing consular, educational, cultural and business outreach.

For your epicurean tastes, the Polish Deli on West Charleston is not only a place for good Polish food, but also one of the social points for the Polish community. Please search Facebook or each aforementioned group’s website for a more detailed list of events. You will find a rich celebration of Polish culture in Las Vegas and statewide.

JOHN PETKUS

LAS VEGAS

The writer is the Las Vegas consulate of the Republic of Poland.

Energy rate hikes

To the editor:

Our customer-oriented Nevada Public Utilities Commission just gave NV Energy a guaranteed $2.5 million more per month (“Deal holds line on electric rates,” Oct. 10 Review-Journal). Officials say we won’t see an impact on our monthly bills. I say that’s garbage, as the average homeowner would try to reduce usage when given a rate increase. Of course NV Energy will take the guarantee, since it knows it never gets the full amount it seeks on an increase, due to less usage.

As far as stable rates until 2017, even the PUC knows that’s a lie. NV Energy is already doing the math for the next hike, which could come at any time. Does anyone think differently?

LLOYD SHEAFFER

LAS VEGAS

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