To the editor:
John Tominsky states in his letter that the ultra-rich bought another election (“Ultra-rich fly flag in midterm elections,” Nov. 11 Review-Journal). I wonder who exactly Mr. Tominsky was referring to?
An examination of campaign donor records revealed that of the top 100 contributors — the ultra-rich — the majority were Democratic donors. Of the top five, three were Democratic and two were Republican. The two Republican donors contributed approximately $18 million. The three Democratic donors contributed an astounding, jaw-dropping, $114 million. Maybe these were the ultra-rich Mr. Tominsky was referring to.
But these guys didn’t win. They lost.
OK, so how about powerful, rich organizations? The top five and nine of the top 10 were Democratic contributors. Of the 50 organizations listed, fully 33 were Democratic contributors.
It gets even more interesting. The top five alone contributed $177 million to the Democrats. Talk about trying to buy an election. These guys were trying to gift wrap it and take it home. Surely these were the rich or ultra-rich Mr. Tominsky was complaining about. However, again, these guys didn’t win. They lost.
And what about Sen. Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC? It was in 10th place with contributions of more than $9 million to Democratic and liberal candidates. That was substantially more than Sen. Reid’s favorite targets, the Koch brothers, who were No. 16.
Yes, somebody tried to buy the election. The ultra-rich liberal Democrats.
Schools and state lottery
To the editor:
Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said “we’ll need a plan” to come up with $7 billion for 32 new schools, preventive maintenance, replacements, rebuilding, new equipment, and technology upgrades (“$7 billion short,” Nov. 6 Review-Journal). The voters turned down raising property taxes for schools and turned down taxing businesses on their revenue, regardless of whether the business is making a profit.
Isn’t there one knowledgeable person who can push through a state lottery, no matter what legal roadblocks exist? Money would be coming out of our ears. People would be lined up around the block to buy lottery tickets for the chance to improve their financial state. Let the people vote on a Nevada state lottery.
I’ve heard the casinos would spend millions of dollars to defeat such a measure, so such spending must not hurt their bottom line. The voters need one powerful group or one brave, charismatic person to clear the bottleneck of the rich and powerful and get the lottery money coming in to fund our schools police and infrastructure.
Time for Bundy to pay up
To the editor
I was amazed when the Review-Journal actually printed Denny Eckstein’s letter, along with a photo of Cliven Bundy (“R-J losing readership by touting Bundy,” Nov. 16 Review-Journal). Mr. Eckstein complained about the waste of front-page space on Mr. Bundy’s opinions about why he doesn’t have to pay grazing fees.
In the Nov. 17 Review-Journal, another amazing letter was published (“Bundy article one-sided”). Thank you, Bob Klarich. I am in total agreement with you. Why the Review-Journal would be so one-sided and do no research is beyond me. Mr. Bundy has been illegally grazing his cattle for a long time. He is not some kind of patriot.
Many share my opinion, but don’t want to waste the time and postage writing letters to the editor. Mr. Bundy is adding to the national debt. He should pay up and shut up.
J. MORGAN BLAKELEY
Ebola ambulance chasers
To the editor:
I agree wholeheartedly with Marlene Drozd’s letter regarding Ebola victim Thomas Duncan’s family filing a lawsuit against the Dallas hospital where he died during treatment (“Ebola lawsuit,” Nov. 18 Review-Journal). The lawsuit is a travesty, a farce of the American legal system. I don’t believe the fault lies wholly with the family, but with the unscrupulous lawyers. These ambulance chasers coerce bereaved people when they are most vulnerable and then pursue lawsuits in hopes of a big payday for themselves.
To the editor:
If you believe what Rep. Steven Horsford believes about his midterm defeat, the election was not a judgment on his performance, but on a dysfunctional Congress that turned off voters and kept them home (“Horsford weighing comeback,” Nov. 18 Review-Journal). In my opinion, I believe the people voted against the Democrats because of the PSLs — pathologically stupid liars. These people are found throughout all levels of government, from top to bottom. The electorate voted against old and new PSLs.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid were in lockstep with President Barack Obama, as were 90 percent of Democratic candidates. Rep. Horsford blames a Republican-leaning super-PAC. But the people voted, and they want freedom, jobs and a greater and proud America, not what the Democrats have done to this country.
The American people need to bring our Constitution back, with liberty and freedom for all.
NORTH LAS VEGAS