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LETTERS: Get over yourselves, offended tea partyers

To the editor:

Instead of being outraged by the two evil people who killed two police officers having lunch and a person who tried to stop them, some readers are outraged about the wrong thing. What happened was tragic, yet these readers are upset that what these killers did to the two slain officers afterward was reported?

Why shouldn’t the Review-Journal have reported on the placement of the “Don’t tread on me” flag over the officers’ bodies? After all of the heartbreak these families have been through, some readers are worried about hurt feelings within the tea party movement?

The killers may not have been card-holding, dues-paying members of any group, but they had all of their talking points down pat. It’s amazing that instead of offering condolences to the families of the victims some people are in a snit that the tea party’s good name was slandered and want an apology for it.



Going solar

To the editor:

A June 16 article by Sean Whaley (“Review proposed for rates of homeowners who install solar systems”), points out that the “state Public Utilities Commission is moving forward with a review of whether households that produce some of their own energy to save on their utility bills, called net metering, should be put in a separate class for rate-setting decisions.”

The argument often used is that those of us who are “going solar” will force the energy company to raise the rates for those who are not running solar power. Just follow the money, and let me put this into proper perspective.

In a region that gets more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it is unconscionable that there are those who would try to put the brakes on a burgeoning technology. The newest way to purchase solar equipment is through a lease agreement. Under that agreement, the energy I don’t use (credits) does not accrue back to me, the homeowner, but goes back to the energy company. NV Energy can use those credits to, in fact, reduce the cost of electricity to its customers, or it can sell power to California and make a profit. It can even offset the cost of electricity to its lower-income customers, if the company wishes.

I am a conservationist who wants to not only reduce my electric bill, but also produce and use clean energy. The PUC needs to get its facts straight and look at NV Energy as it gains extra production from the rooftops of its former customers.



Shady statistics

To the editor:

In response to the June 16 article, “Review proposed for rates of homeowners who install solar systems,” it appears as though the state wants to punish us as soon as any conservation efforts make headway. Promote domestic solar systems then raise rates once enough have been installed.

Could there be a clearer example of “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”? As a side note, the article stated the southern region has 2,455 net metering customers with 35.8 megawatts of net metering installed. Doing the math, that works out to 14.6 kilowatts per customer. But the average home solar system is 5 kilowatts or less. That’s a big enough discrepancy to cast doubt on anything NV Energy says concerning this.



Stadium pipe dream

To the editor:

Let’s face it folks, the Las Vegas area will get a professional-quality athletic facility when downtown Las Vegas is truly revived, high-speed rail connects Las Vegas and Los Angeles and the Big Band Era returns.

But, we can keep dreaming about these things, as we have for the last 50 years or so



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