LETTERS: Government owes Hage millions more

To the editor:

After years of keeping up with Wayne Hage Jr.’s battle with the federal government over water and property rights on his ranch, I was pleased to learn that his family has been awarded attorney fees (“Property rights battle described,” Oct. 29 Review-Journal). This, however, is not nearly enough to meet legal bills in the millions.

If this case had been fought in a jury trial, there is little doubt that the family would have been awarded many millions of dollars in punitive damages. I fully agree with Mr. Hage: Federal government employees must be prosecuted to the fullest extent when breaking the law, as so many of them did. One can only hope Mr. Hage will face no retaliation from the federal government.



Web security

To the editor:

My wife and I were planning to place an order with Amazon.com to winterize our pool and patio. However, after seeing the headline about Google and Yahoo data centers being hacked by NSA and its more than 20,000 workers (“Google, Yahoo data centers hacked,” Thursday Review-Journal), we decided it was too big a risk to our financial and personal information.

If other people feel this way and cut back on using the Internet to place orders, it seems that our economy would take another hit from the cutback on spending. Also, because the website for Obamacare enrollment is working so badly and requires a Social Security number, birth date and place of birth, I am glad I couldn’t get on.



Pot thoughts

To the editor:

Doug Elfman’s column regarding comedian Bill Maher’s love of marijuana was an insult and a joke (“Maher fights for right to smoke pot,” Thursday Review-Journal). If either Mr. Elfman or Mr. Maher seriously believe 58 percent of Americans favor legalizing recreational pot use, then they polled the wrong folks.

Mr. Elfman goes on to criticize social conservatives, as does Mr. Maher, and Mr. Elfman calls gun owners “fetishists.” While Mr. Maher claims the number of people who own guns is “way down,” the statistics show otherwise. And if Mr. Elfman is impressed by Twitter photos of Mr. Maher smoking weed with Woody Harrelson, then perhaps a character review is in order.

Stick to writing on the club and entertainment scene, Mr. Elfman, and stay away from expressing your political views. And while you are at it, get a different hat. That one makes you look like a fool, though perhaps that’s appropriate.



Bright idea for motorcycles

To the editor:

In his Friday letter (“Motorcycle safety”), reader and longtime motorcyclist Kenneth Winters bemoans the fact that car drivers often make dangerous left turns in front of oncoming motorcycles, and he wonders, “How the heck can you not see us?” Incredulously, Mr. Winters then asserts in his letter that “putting flashing lights on motorcycles isn’t going to change anything.” He needs to rethink that comment.

In addition to increasing a vehicle’s nighttime visibility, in daylight hours, flashing lights create intermittent stimulation to the visual field, thereby increasing the chance that an otherwise complacent viewer will see and react prudently to the stimulation. It is for that reason that flashing lights are standard features on police cars and motorcycles, ambulances, fire trucks, road maintenance vehicles and railroad crossings, and are often seen on road construction barriers, at crosswalks and even at some stop signs.

Given those safety benefits that have been recognized for years, and contrary to the opinion of Mr. Winters, making such lights mandatory equipment on motorcycles seems to be a very bright idea.



Culinary protesters

To the editor:

Metro arrested 120 Culinary Local 226 protesters Friday night ( “Police arrest 120 Culinary protesters,” Saturday Review-Journal). So what’s next? A weasel wearing a robe will either dismiss the charges or give the protesters a slap on the wrist. Justice will then be served.

What does it take for this town to wake up and show that the Culinary union doesn’t run this town? How many more times will the union be allowed to run roughshod with its selective demonstrations? I guess the answer is that as long as the politicians receive the union’s backing and financial support, it will be forever.



More facts on Obamacare

To the editor:

In reference to Joe Cerva’s letter (“Overall, facts show that Obamacare is a good law,” Saturday Review-Journal), here is another fact to consider in deciding whether or not Obamacare is a good law: President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and all other members of Congress and their staffs are not subject to the full effects of the Affordable Care Act.

This is an obvious fact that Mr. Cerva so conveniently overlooked in his attempts to obfuscate the underlying reasons why most Americans detest Obamacare. In his letter, not once did he touch on the obvious: If the law is so good, why aren’t all the aforementioned people required to abide by the Affordable Care Act? Simple: It is not a good law.

I, too, am a retiree living in a 55-plus community, and I detest the law because it is a bad law that is doomed to fail under its own weight — not because I am caught up in fiction from talk radio or Fox News. Before he decides to editorialize again, I would recommend that Mr. Cerva show more objectivity to the fiction emanating from the presidential mainstream puppets of MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS.



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