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LETTERS: Henderson seniors should be grateful

To the editor:

The article on senior services in Henderson sure caught my eye (“Henderson seniors voice concerns on possible cuts,” April 23 Review-Journal). I live in Logandale, and we have the Overton Senior Center, which supposedly serves the seniors of Overton and Logandale. I read in astonishment the information about Henderson’s Heritage Park Senior Facility.

Yes indeed, we are in Clark County, but we have no such services as those enjoyed by Henderson’s senior community. I believe seniors deserve services, but get a grip, Henderson. Open on the weekends? That’s unheard of here. And the Henderson center is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday? Wow. Why is that? The Overton center opens about 7 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. We are fortunate our cook unlocks the front door about 6 a.m. so some of us can get in early for coffee or the guys can play pool.

Lunches here have gone up from $3 to $4.50. Our great ceramic room is nonfunctional, as the kiln has been broken for ages. A swimming pool? Now that’s a good one. As far as I know, we don’t even have a garden hose hooked up. It took the county months to fix the light in the bathroom (there are no windows). And the center’s automatic door was broken equally as long. Please try to visualize what our seniors had to go through just to enter the place. They sat outside until someone came around to open the door for them.

For myself and so many others of the greatest generation here, we cannot get volunteer drivers. We had just three. We lost one to death, a great sadness over the loss of this fine man who fought for his country. One is in the hospital, having just had open heart surgery, and the other is now experiencing heart problems. So now, there are no drivers for us.

I had scheduled a doctor’s appointment in Las Vegas, and the center called two people to help me make my trip, but both canceled. That made me a no-show for the appointment, and I more than likely will have to pay the big bucks for my less-than-24-hour cancellation notice. Eliminating transportation for anyone of any age or disability is criminal. By the way, does the Regional Transportation Commission even know where Overton, Logandale or Moapa are?

I’m sincere when I say that Henderson seniors need all the courtesies and help they can get, but perhaps they could tighten up their belts a bit and be very grateful for what they have. But then so should we — we have two computers that Bill Gates no doubt built in his garage. It’s so much fun when they work. Y’all come on down, but leave early to navigate your way through those cute orange cones.



More Cops tax

To the editor:

I was amused by Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak’s uncanny attention to detail in reviewing the city of Las Vegas’ annual budget (“Fund Metro without hurting taxpayers,” April 22 Review-Journal letters). I wonder why Commissioner Sisolak hasn’t applied the same laser focus to the budgets of Clark County and the Metropolitan Police Department.

The city of Las Vegas righted its house four or five years ago and reined in escalating labor costs through negotiations and a comprehensive class compensation study. Now the city is positioned to rebuild and innovate. Can Commissioner Sisolak say the same for the agencies that he oversees?



Denounce Bundy

To the editor:

The Review-Journal has devoted a great deal of editorial support to Cliven Bundy’s dispute with the Bureau of Land Management. I hope the R-J will be equally as vociferous in denouncing Mr. Bundy’s despicable comments about African-Americans.



Bundy Syndrome

To the editor:

What, you ask, is Bundy Syndrome? It’s a sickness characterized by blind emotional responses to charged words or statements, leading to biased, untenable proclamations. Examples: Sen. Dean Heller calling gun-toting, court-defying deadbeats “patriots,” and Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz saying “amen.”

The cure: Do your homework before you vote. It doesn’t matter what party you favor; dangerous people come in all sizes and shapes, all colors and creeds. Take heed from the biblical saying, “How you sow will determine what you reap.”



Supporting lawlessness

To the editor:

The standoff between Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management has drawn attention from around the country and beyond. It is disturbing to see people who are supposed to honor the laws of this country, including politicians, publicly supporting a documented racist tightwad who refuses to pay for his use of public lands, unlike responsible citizens.

Even more chilling is the fact that these same politicians (all Republicans) support threats of violence against those enforcing the law. Evidently, they choose to champion cheats, racists and the dim bulbs who rally around them instead of the laws they swear to uphold. Shameful.



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