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LETTERS: National debt goes missing in analysis

To the editor:

Regarding Carl-Uno Manros’ letter (“Purge the tea party,” Thursday Review-Journal) in his attempt to “analytically deduct the reasons for the government shutdown and debt ceiling crises,” where does the $17 trillion national debt come in? That is the $17 trillion in debt that American taxpayers are obligated to pay principal and interest on — and ultimately pay off at some point.

Much of this debt is held by entities outside the United States, although many Americans are also owed shares of this debt.

Tax collection right now is at a record high, yet spending outpaces collections by billions every year. How can an analysis of the debt ceiling not include the national debt?



Adelson correct

To the editor:

Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson is right (“Adelson talks tough on Iran,” Thursday Review-Journal). A nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to America and to Israel (our closest ally in the Middle East) and is a threat to world peace. Speaking last week at Yeshiva University in New York, Mr. Adelson drew a standing ovation when he called for a get-tough-with-Iran policy.

Speaking figuratively and using hyperbole to emphasize his point, Mr. Adelson said Iran should be told, “see that desert? … I want to show you something.” Then America explodes an atomic weapon there, hurting no one, but showing Iran what can happen and that we mean business. Mr. Adelson concluded that this is “the only thing they understand.” Mr. Adelson is right, and I support his position.

President Barack Obama’s peace-at-any-price negotiations are wrong and won’t work. They didn’t work in 1939 against Nazi Germany, and they won’t work with Iran — a country that calls us “The Great Satan.” Iran believes that Americans should be exterminated and preaches that our ally Israel should be wiped off the map.

President Obama, America and the world must realize: Better to stop (with a nuclear strike now, if necessary) a reckless boy Adolf, than to later have to go to war with a nuclear-armed Hitler.



UNLV’s solar success

To the editor:

I am writing in response to your recent article on UNLV’s stunning success in the Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon competition (“UNLV designers shine at decathlon,” Wednesday Review-Journal). The success is considered a surprise because it was our local university’s first participation in the prestigious international competition, in which we not only bested every U.S. team, but we finished a close second to Austria’s state-sponsored team.

The final result was decided by the closet margin in the contest’s history. I must disclose that my son, a student at the UNLV School of Architecture, was a member of the team. Perhaps you can detect the fatherly pride that is beaming from me over the accomplishment of these young people. The praise, however, does not merely reflect a parent’s subjectivity. The entire community should be proud of what these kids earned through their blood, sweat and brains.

I was privileged to be able to observe the project from its inception to its fruition. And as a parent, I was a witness to the hard work, dedication and discipline that this project required. My son, as is unfortunately typical of UNLV students, had to work a full-time job in addition to his schooling. His and many of his classmates’ days started early at the construction site doing the actual building, followed by afternoon classes, then an 8-hour job. They subsisted for months on four to five hours of sleep a night. And they still excelled.

Las Vegas, our future does not lie on an athletic field. Our future is in academia. At the competition site in Irvine, Calif., I saw our future. It was a future that will be propagated by the intelligence and hard work displayed by these students. And I must say our future is bright (and obviously solar-powered).

Kudos to our UNLV DesertSol team. Well done, Rebels. Well done, indeed.



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