LETTERS: DMV becoming on-time machine

To the editor:

In response to coverage of wait times at Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles offices: Having utilized the DMV since 1971, I was less than happy when I was required to go there in person to renew my driver’s license. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the experience.

I called the Flamingo Road office at 7:50 a.m. on the morning I was planning to go. A recording informed me my number would be called in approximately 50 minutes. As I was walking into the office at 8:20 a.m., my cellphone rang and a recording informed me that my number would be called in approximately 20 minutes.

Eighteen minutes later, my cellphone rang as my number was being called over the loudspeaker. I was in and out in less than half an hour. Keep up the good work, DMV.



Panhandling in traffic

To the editor:

People have the right to panhandle. I get that. But there seems to be an increasing number of people begging for money in the street while traffic is stopped.

Over several days recently, on Maryland Parkway, I witnessed a group of people in their early 20s wearing green shirts, repeatedly going into traffic with orange buckets to collect money. This type of behavior is insanely dangerous.

I implore the police to do something about this annoying and dangerous behavior, which is happening all over the city. We have sat back quietly while Metro has refused to respond to noninjury traffic accidents, but this is getting out of control.

Perhaps the police should a break from pulling people over for going 5 mph over the speed limit and address this much more dangerous issue. Start arresting these people and send a message that it is not acceptable to wander into the street and harass people who are trying to get to their jobs.



Rancho teacher charges

To the editor:

The article about the Rancho High School teacher absolutely disgusted me (“Sex with student among Rancho teacher’s charges,” June 4 Review-Journal). It’s heartbreaking to hear a teacher, a man twice the student’s age, allegedly manipulate a girl into sexual relations.

A teacher, man or woman, is meant to introduce students into the world of education. Teachers are meant to help protect and inspire students, not inappropriately touch them. We send our children to school thinking they will be safe with caring providers, only to be blindsided by teachers such as Jason Lofthouse. He is not the first teacher in the county to be charged for this sort of act, nor will he be the last, and the Clark County School District needs to do something about it.

The district has huge responsibilities to its students. School administrators should look more closely at the way teachers act around their students. Students can dislike their teachers because they are too difficult or too mean, but students are at school to learn.

Administrators should keep their ears open to rumors, because kids are kids, and they won’t keep a secret for long. They should also advise students that teachers are there to teach — not be their friends — and if a teacher is overly affectionate, then students should tell the administration.



Missing Myers

To the editor:

As longtime readers of the Review-Journal and watchers of PBS’ “Nevada Week in Review,” my wife and I were saddened to read about the passing of R-J reporter Laura Myers. She was always calmly on point with her observations and said what needed to be said. Ms. Myers clearly cared about the people and issues she covered with such clarity. She never complained about her woes and always had a good word for the rest of us. She is missed.




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