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LETTERS: Juvenile officers’ burden not outlandish

To the editor:

Regarding the article on juvenile probation (“Juvenile probation caseloads fall but remain high,” Feb. 13 Review-Journal), John Martin, director for Clark County’s department of juvenile justice services, offered this comment: “Imagine being a teacher and having a classroom of 43.” I don’t know of a single middle school or high school teacher with a total class load of under 100 students.

These teachers see those students every day, evaluating students’ progress and documenting their needs, and the teachers are also responsible for any lack of progress. The students are probably the same age as the juveniles on those caseloads in Mr. Martin’s department.

So, imagine seeing 43 kids per month. Imagine seeing 43 kids per week. Imagine seeing 43 kids on a daily basis. Most kindergarten teachers have that many students for three hours. With 2,500 juveniles on probation and 224 officers overseeing them, officers have an average of 11 each. My great grandmother reared that many children in a house without electricity or indoor plumbing. Why is this a problem?



Henderson vacation policy

To the editor:

I spent my career working for a Fortune 500 company. I was in levels of field management about 60 percent of the time. Sick leave was available when needed, and we had annual vacation time which increased after 25 years of service. These benefits were on a use-it-or-lose-it basis. It was not a hard currency accumulating system. I think this arrangement is very familiar to employees in other private-sector companies.

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of my first visit to the Mob Museum. After reading about Henderson’s sell-back policy on accumulated vacation leave (“Henderson’s top officials can claim biggest sell-backs,” Feb. 15 Review-Journal), I thought, “Gee, wouldn’t it be appropriate to place a copy of that policy at the museum? It would fit right in.

Maybe Henderson City Manager Jacob Snow, City Attorney Josh Reid and the manager of the human resources department should consider joining the other Mob Museum volunteers and take questions from confused taxpayers.



Immigration dispute

To the editor:

Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans passed a spending plan for the Department of Homeland Security that also included provisions to gut President Barack Obama’s immigration policy. Republicans continue to try to punish the president.

Rep. Boehner and tea party Republicans in the House are resorting to blackmail to get their way, and they are talking shutdown again. And this after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged after the midterm election, “There will be no government shutdowns.”

Why can’t Rep. Boehner and Sen. McConnell get on the same page? If Republicans follow through with their folly to defund and shut down the Department of Homeland Security, thus endangering U.S. security, they will see the biggest backlash in political history.



Guns on campus

To the editor:

I truly hope the Nevada Legislature will once again fail to pass Assemblywoman Michele Fiore’s gun bill (“Campus carry bill re-introduced,” Feb.14 Review-Journal). Why in the world do we need to have guns on campus when every day we are reading about more innocent victims being killed by guns?

Enough is enough. This insanity must stop, and hopefully with the failure of this bill, there might be hope that some deranged person will not be lurking around a college campus with a gun in hand.



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