LETTERS: Newspaper’s idea of school reform will only expand status quo

To the editor:

I read the whole editorial about the bold agenda you want Gov. Brian Sandoval to pursue for schools and saw absolutely nothing new (“Sandoval’s chance to reform Nevada,” Wednesday Review-Journal).

Gov. Sandoval wants to tax, spend and expand government schools to include full-day kindergarten at every Nevada elementary school.

Along with that comes an increase in taxpayer-funded union jobs, an increase in the school breakfast and lunch programs and more focused education to students who are not proficient in English. English immersion is the best way to become proficient, and the sooner the better.

This is what they always do, and things never get better.

In this age of technology, it is amazing to me that districts are still building more schools. Certainly much work can be done online, away from brick-and-mortar buildings and with more parental involvement.

Gov. Sandoval also hasn’t said anything about getting rid of the Common Core or stopping the new expanded sex education programs that the Clark County School District wants to implement.

The voters made a clear statement this election. Many of us who voted do not want to continue the status quo with expansion of government. We want to give back the power to the individual, through less taxes and less government.



Blaming Bush

To the editor:

Don Ellis’ letter spotlights the blind-faith mindset of Obama lovers (“It’s Republicans’ fault,” Tuesday Review-Journal). Using crude name calling, ancient history and questionable facts, he is true to the Democratic caricature. Continuing to blame George W. Bush six years later is OK, but blaming President Barack Obama for the current mess is not. Does Mr. Ellis realize that what happened during President Bush’s terms has long since passed, and that at some point it’s time to move on?

Yes, poor President Obama was left with a mess. However, the question is, what has he done to improve that mess? Are we better off now than we were in 2008 in any area? Oh yes, the stock market. Well, the rich are getting richer, but the middle class is still struggling.

As far as a “do-nothing House of Representatives,” let’s discuss Sen. Harry Reid. There are more than 300 bills, sent from the House, sitting on Sen. Reid’s desk, which he wouldn’t even present to the Senate.

I resent the implication by Mr. Ellis that Republican voters are “seniors without a high school diploma.” That thinking is nothing but divisive, the type of thinking in which President Obama partakes. Mr. Ellis needs to calm down and realize and accept the fact that our president, by leading from behind, has made every crisis, inherited or not, worse.

The president obviously is frustrated with his job, even saying as much, and has already become a lame duck. He loves the perks but not the job, as evidenced by his love of campaigning and a round of golf within minutes of a beheading. I would like Mr. Ellis to answer this question: Why did so many of the Democratic candidates running in the midterms want to distance themselves from the president and his policies? Would he care to blame George W. Bush for that, too?



Voter ID discriminatory

To the editor:

Roger Witcher posited that it is not discriminatory against minorities or the poor to require photo identification to vote (“Voter ID laws,” Sunday Review-Journal letters). I came up with about three reasons why it is discriminatory, right off the top of my head. Why can’t he?

First, minorities are usually among the poorest people. As such, they cannot afford luxuries such as cars, insurance, gasoline and car maintenance, so they do not drive. They take public transportation. So, no need for a driver’s license.

Second, the forms of ID being required are very specific. State-run school IDs are not valid, even though these are vetted for tuition costs. A concealed-carry permit, which is a valid ID in Texas, requires the purchase of a gun. Maybe skip groceries for the week to take the shooting classes for that permit too, huh?

Third, the locations to get the IDs are not located in the poorest areas. Department of Motor Vehicles resources are located where the need is, and the data do not support putting offices in poor communities. Unless the DMV or other centers are located along public transportation routes, they are not accessible.

The bottom line is that voter fraud is nonexistent; four cases in all of Texas and all were GOP-related. Your signature is the verification of your right to vote. The verification is done in the counting centers after the polls close. Only voter registration — a one-time event — should require an ID. Our right to vote should not be impacted because some loonies, unable to explain how their guy lost the election, come up with paranoid scenarios and then act on that paranoia to disenfranchise legitimate voters for said paranoia.



‘Rebels’ also a slur

To the editor:

UNLV’s use of “Rebels” as a nickname calls to mind the Civil War, in which the rebel army fought in support of slavery. It is an insensitive and offensive nickname. I join Sen. Harry Reid in calling for the boycott of any team that uses racial slurs such as Redskins or Rebels as a nickname.



Tasteless political cartoon

To the editor:

I found Wednesday’s political cartoon about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extremely offensive and anti-Semitic. To refer to the leader of one of America’s closest allies as a pile of excrement is offensive and demeaning.



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