LETTERS: Reid’s Obamacare stance not laudable

To the editor:

I recently received an email from the office of Sen. Harry Reid, in which he extols the virtues of the Affordable Care Act. The memo included the following three statements: “I am just as proud of the work as I was the day President Obama signed the ACA into law”; “Just consider all of the good things Obamacare is doing for the country”; and “Americans are benefiting from increased health coverage, lower costs and improved efficiency.”

Well, here is my response to Sen. Reid: “Thanks to you and your Democratic friends, I am now losing the great health insurance I have had covering my wife and me for the past 19 years. Not only that, but I have been advised I may lose my primary doctor — he’s been my physician for 18 years — and also every doctor that I have seen for other health problems. Also, I have been advised I may lose my great prescription coverage that I currently enjoy.”

So Sen. Reid, don’t expect me to laud you or say thank you or even offer to shake your hand. You perpetrated a travesty upon this country five years ago that more retirees like me will find hard to swallow.

And your friend in the White House told a bald-faced lie five years ago when he said, “If you like your insurance, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” All of that proved to be hogwash, just like your email. I will not forget this disservice, Sen. Reid. And I blame you and the deals you made to get this legislation passed.



Caesars bankruptcy

To the editor:

It seems that Caesars Entertainment is stiffing the working people out of hard-earned retirement benefits due to the incompetence of greedy corporate heads (“Gambit galls Caesars retirees,” March 24 Review-Journal). This is something that wouldn’t have happened in the days of the mob-owned casinos. They kept their word to employees and their families.

Shame on Caesars for paying its upper echelon staff millions, and then taking the cowardly stance of declaring bankruptcy and cheating working-class employees out of their benefits. These thieves should pay the working person out of their retirement gains. How many complimentary meals have they eaten at the workers’ expense?

Bean counters have no soul.



Sandoval’s education tax

To the editor:

Our education system will serve as the foundation for Nevada’s future. However, I’ve lived long enough to have witnessed “funding for education” serve as the rallying slogan attached to virtually every state’s campaign for approval of new taxes, state lotteries and more.

After approval, somehow some of the former sources of education funding quietly disappear, and education remains with no actual increased funding. Although I’m totally in favor of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposal, I do hope this doesn’t become just another political shell game that ends with siphoning funds to less critical causes.



Education spending

To the editor:

Again, conservative opponents of public education have no problem making up facts while voicing their opposition. Patricia Lee’s letter (“Schools spend plenty,” March 26 Review-Journal) offers up some of them in her contention that in some cases, the public is spending more than the cost to attend “private schools and even some colleges.” She cited figures from the Cato Institute.

The Cato Institute is a conservative think tank created and funded by the Koch brothers. Surely, Ms. Lee could have come up with a source more reliable or at least more politically independent than the Cato Institute. After all, these statistics are annually gathered and reported by each state and nationally.

Current figures are not yet readily available, but even a cursory Internet search will provide recent numbers. In 2011, the national average expenditure per student was $10,560. The state of New York spent the highest amount, at $19,076, and Utah spent the lowest, at $6,212. Nevada spent a full $2,000 below the national average, at $8,527.

One can argue whether these expenditures are too high or too low. What one should not do is rely on figures made up out of whole cloth.



Permanent daylight saving

To the editor:

Moving here from Connecticut, I know what it is like to drive home from work at 5 p.m. in the winter months. I couldn’t wait to change the clock to daylight saving time. I totally agree with Assemblyman Chris Edwards and his quest to permanently change the state to daylight saving time.

Living in Laughlin, we do not have the luxury of good medical care, so we have to travel to either Las Vegas or Arizona. Las Vegas is at least a 90-minute drive, if not more, so the majority of us choose to seek care in Arizona. To be on the same time as Arizona is just common sense and should have been done a long time ago. As for the schools, changing the start time to 8:30 a.m. will benefit the children, as they will have extra time for sleep and more importantly to enjoy breakfast.

Permanently changing our time would benefit all ages. The time change would not take place until 2017, giving schools, parents, students and others time to adjust. I am hopeful that Assembly Joint Resolution 4 will pass.



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