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LETTERS: Demands of mayor’s promotional work, threats necessitate armed security

To the editor:

In response to Glenn Cook’s April 20 column, “Mayor’s public safety takes precedence,” I offer a couple of points.

First, let me explain, without compromising security details, that when I’m invited to events with large crowds, or if I am on a tight schedule, I do ride with a marshal. However, I’m certain Mr. Cook knows there have been threats, reported in this very newspaper, to me and previous mayors due to the high-profile nature of the job.

The second point is the mistaken inference that I seek out events to attend on the Strip for my benefit. This is simply not true. I’ve been hearing this more and more when I set foot in the county, and it is unfortunate that some are more concerned with what ground I’m standing on than working with me and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to promote our community.

As mayor of Las Vegas, I’m invited to many events around Las Vegas, Nevada, the country and the world, and if there is an opportunity to be a cheerleader for the Las Vegas brand and to represent the people who elected me, I take it! Whether I’m invited to appear on “CBS This Morning” about Las Vegas’ economic recovery at The Linq, or I’m invited t a local school to honor a teacher, or a ribbon cutting for a new small business, I go because it is a chance to promote this great city.

The 40 million people visiting here every year do not care about lines on a map, but they love coming to Las Vegas, and that is important to all of our constituents no matter where they live.



The writer is mayor of Las Vegas.

Bad for Nevada

To the editor:

It was with a heavy heart that I watched the events that transpired in Bunkerville and Gold Butte during the past several weeks. Like rancher Cliven Bundy, I too have lived, worked and played in Southern Nevada all my life. The Gold Butte resources are just as important to me as they are to Mr. Bundy. That is my land, too.

For many years, I have watched this confrontation develop and I have yet to understand what “civil rights” of Mr. Bundy’s have been violated. I understand that the BLM is not totally blameless in this predicament; that they oftentimes have not taken the desires of the local citizens into consideration when they have made decisions on how to manage our lands in Nevada. But Mr. Bundy’s blatant disregard of the rule of law causes me great concern. What if all our citizens took his attitude about whether to obey laws or not?

It was very disconcerting to watch truckloads of strangers riding down the streets of Mesquite and Bunkerville, armed with assault weapons, displaying flags that are associated with armed rebellion, supporting Mr. Bundy. Many thousands of dollars are spent in the Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley to promote our communities as great destinations to visit and recreate. Now, in just a few short weeks, we have become an area where peaceful citizens are afraid to travel.

Just look at the recent decline in attendance at the Clark County Fair in Overton. The economic consequences of Mr. Bundy’s rebellion will be felt in our communities for a long time.

In his fight for what he perceives as his right to do whatever he pleases with the resources of our community, he has harmed our economies and jeopardized all of our rights to enjoy this great part of Southern Nevada.



Disregard for laws

To the editor:

In his April 16 letter regarding the Cliven Bundy situation, Terry Cox asks, “Are we not a nation of laws?”

Has Mr. Cox not noticed that respect for the law depends on whether the bureaucrats in Washington agree with the law? When the leaders of our country pick and choose which laws they will obey and which laws they will disregard, this attitude filters down to the masses pretty quickly.



Hot horses

To the editor:

If there is one thing this city has no clue how to handle, it is protecting animals from abuse. Did we not just go through the Animal Foundation’s treatment of the arson puppies?

But the City Council thinks the owners of Love Carriage will dutifully take care of the horses they use for their carriages (“Horse-drawn carriages might be in downtown Las Vegas’ future,” April 17 Review-Journal). Think of hot, crowded streets teeming with tourists and cars. Shame on you Councilmen Steve Ross, Bob Coffin, Ricki Barlow and Bob Beers: Cruelty to horses does not equal economic development.



Who’s Harry for?

To the editor:

It’s pretty simple, really: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid represents the people of Nevada, unless you mess with his BLM friends. Or all the land developers who line his pockets.

Rancher Cliven Bundy may not be righteous, either, but I have to take his side on this one. Long before the land these cattle graze on today became Washington’s property, the state and federal governments were begging people to use it and even homestead it. I say the Bundy clan has done so, and they should be thanked for preserving our “Old West” way of life.

Sen. Reid wouldn’t know anything about hard work. A hard day of work for him is, “How can I plunder my fellow Nevadans and make them believe I am not doing it for me, but for them?”



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