LETTERS: Reid rightly said ‘no’ to bad legislation

To the editor:

In response to Tim Hicks’ letter (“Soon, we’ll see the real party of ‘no,’” Jan. 13 Review-Journal), I would like to point out that, as a liberal, I read the entire daily paper, not just the toxic editorial pages. Mr. Hicks pointed out that more than 300 bills were passed by the House and sent to the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid failed to take any action on them.

Fortunately, by simply staying awake during the last two years, most of us noticed that nearly all of those bills contained some measure to defund the Affordable Care Act, restrict a woman’s right to choose in one fashion or another, roll back regulations in the financial markets and extend various tax relief measures for business, industry and the wealthy, etc. In essence, very few of the bills passed by the House were aimed at compromise or agreement with the Senate.

I’m also sure Mr. Hicks is unaware of the 50 pieces of legislation that languished in the House that were passed by the Senate through bipartisan support and/or with 60 votes.

Finally, the flurry of legislation Mr. Hicks now expects will still have to get 60 votes in the Senate to make it to the president’s desk. So we’re about to see if the party of “no” (a title rightly earned) is going to compromise with the very man they’ve programmed their constituents to hate. This ought to be amusing.



Funding education

To the editor:

I saw the editorial regarding the need for a lot more money for the education of our children (“Hiring bonuses,” Jan. 13 Review-Journal). With the schools so short on classrooms and teachers, why is the Clark County School District so intent on adding all these full-day kindergarten and pre-K students? Why increase the cost without increasing the quality of students who graduate?

Someone once said, “It appears that the educators have not read the bell curve on IQ.” It probably wouldn’t do any good for them to read it, because, based on the past, they wouldn’t understand it.

One thing for certain is that we are going to get a larger, much more expensive school system, with no improvements to the quality of education. It’s the same thing we have been hearing for years: if you want a better education, you have to tax more. So far, that hasn’t worked, and it will not work now.



Retaliate against terrorism

To the editor:

Like many Americans, I was shocked and saddened by the events of 9/11 and the loss of so many lives on American soil. With all the intelligence we had, it was reported that we failed to connect the dots. The same was said after the Oklahoma bombing, the shooting at Fort Hood and the Boston Marathon bombing.

Now we learn that the terrorists responsible for the Paris massacre were on a watch list based on French and U.S. intelligence, but somehow we failed to connect the dots. It would seem that those responsible for connecting those dots are incapable of doing their jobs, at a cost of lost lives and horrific events that seem to be occurring more frequently.

As a military veteran with more than 20 years of service, I would certainly not suggest indiscriminate bombing or drone attacks in response to future terrorist attacks, as those risk civilian lives. However, I would like to think that our intelligence is far superior to that of the terrorists living in caves and on the run.

May I suggest that any further attack on the U.S. or an ally be met with a powerful military response that will have the terrorists thinking twice about any further action? The terrorists should expect immediate retaliation, rather than just nations beefing up security to protect vital locations, as France has done —or trying to figure out why we did not connect the dots.



Grim GOP

To the editor:

The editorial cartoon in the Jan. 14 Review-Journal showed the GOP as the grim reaper with a five-bladed sickle. However, cartoonist Clay Jones didn’t include enough blades. What about voting restrictions, protection of Wall Street and banks, designating companies as persons and disregard of campaign reform? Yes, the GOP is very scary.



Unsportsmanlike Urban

To the editor:

It makes me sick to hear all the adulation given to Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer for leading the Buckeyes to victory in the college football playoff championship game. What will stay in my mind will be Coach Meyer’s unsportsmanlike rush to make sure Ohio State, on the 3-yard line, two touchdowns ahead and with one minute left to play, scored a completely unnecessary touchdown, instead of just taking a knee.

That’s what a truly great coach — someone like Kansas State’s Bill Snyder — would have done in the interest of sportsmanship, something Coach Meyer evidently knows nothing about. He may be a great coach, but he certainly is not a great man.




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