LETTERS: Population merits more representation

To the editor:

If you want to be kept in the dark and feel like a mushroom, just believe what the Review-Journal is feeding you in its editorial on the Nevada Legislature (“State doesn’t need more seats in Legislature,” May 8). We, the people of Nevada, as well as the entire nation, need more representation per person in our elected governments, not less.

After 1981, our elected Assembly representation was one per 19,060 people. Today, it is one per 67,860 and climbing, making it easier for big-moneyed interests to control our elected officials. A few big donors are all that is necessary for control over our legislative process.

Our population has increased about 3.5 times since the last change in state Assembly representation. We don’t need a 150-person Assembly, but we do need a change in the representation of Clark and Washoe counties, where the bulk of our population resides. At one per 60,000 people, we could have about 48 Assembly members, by far a better representation ratio for our population.

The last change in the House of Representatives came in 1912, after the 1910 census, when the U.S. population was about 92.2 million. The House was expanded to its current 435 members, or roughly one representative per 212,000 people. Today, with the population at 318.9 million, that is one representative per 733,100 people. Your potential voice in running our country is drastically impacted.

Returning to one per 212,000 would mean 1,504 House members, but if we use the number of the lowest populated state — Wyoming, which is guaranteed at least one House member, at 585,000 — we would potentially have a House of Representatives with 532 members, and Nevada would gain one more representative. Not unmanageable and somewhat better representation per U.S. citizen.

More representation at the state and federal levels, with fewer people to represent in each district, should lead to closer interaction with constituents and better accountability from our elected officers. But don’t hold your breath waiting for this to happen.



Legalize Uber now

To the editor:

Once again, I had to drive a neighbor to the airport because taxis will not pick up in neighborhoods. We live only four miles from the airport, off Tropicana Avenue. If a taxi does show up, it’s always late, and you can’t show up late for your flight. I ask the Legislature to please pass a law allowing Uber and other ride-sharing services.



College tuition

To the editor:

I have a couple of comments in response to Michael Kreps’ letter about student loan debt (“College debt is student’s responsibility,” May 8 Review-Journal). Mr. Kreps thinks the cumulative amount of student debt is a manufactured crisis; he believes the average student debt over four years is $30,000 — no big deal.

If I’m not mistaken, many young people entering college today need remedial courses because they graduated high school not fully prepared for college. So five years of tuition — and debt accumulation — would be more realistic. Second, that debt is incurred to pay the generous salaries of liberal professors such as Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Think about that for a minute — our kids are gouged on tuition, so they take out large government-backed loans to pay the salaries of liberal professors who will teach them how bad America is.

If the students default or the government forgives the debt, then it looks like we taxpayers foot that bill. Hmm. Maybe if the government got out of the student loan business altogether, college costs would return to more rational levels.



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