LETTERS: State has everything to gain with Tesla

To the editor:

I am having some problems getting my head around the criticism of the 6,500 jobs coming to this state with the Tesla Motors battery factory in Northern Nevada. It seems that the tax incentives that have been promised are just too much for some of our fellow citizens to accept.

So, how much is Nevada getting right now from Tesla and its employees? Nothing, not a dime. Further, if the state gives Tesla a free pass for the next 20 years, what exactly does the state lose? Nothing, not a dime. If the Tesla factory goes somewhere else, what does the state of Nevada get? Nothing, not a dime.

The fact that there will be more than 6,000 permanent jobs and countless construction jobs created for our fellow Nevadans should be enough to welcome the project with open arms. Those jobs equate to added sales taxes, property taxes and gas taxes. If the factory goes somewhere else, that revenue goes with it. Get a grip people. There is no loss of revenue to the state.



Stadium smarts

To the editor:

I know the subject of the downtown soccer stadium is being beaten to death, but that is what the proposal deserves. I so object to this boondoggle that I sent a letter to Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Councilmen Ricki Barlow and Steve Ross, who all appear to be in favor of the stadium, and to the rest of the City Council — Lois Tarkanian, Bob Beers, Bob Coffin and Stavros Anthony.

I wanted to address the mayor and the council in this forum, as well.

By now, the mayor should clearly see that a soccer stadium under the conditions proposed by The Cordish Cos. and Findlay Sports &Entertainment is absolutely wrong for Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. The limited use of this facility, its poor location and access and the cost to the taxpayers is against all reason and should be put to rest.

The mayor and the other council members should turn their attention to something that makes both economic and entertainment sense. There are other good locations for a 30,000- to 40,000-seat retractable-dome stadium that can host major sports contests and other events under all weather conditions, foregoing the need to refund or re-issue tickets.

To Mayor Goodman and the City Council, I say: Come on, get smart, do some due diligence and come up with a plan all taxpayers will support.



NFL and domestic abuse

To the editor:

Some thoughts come to mind while reading the newspaper accounts of Ray Rice beating up his then-fiancee, now his wife. First, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has got to be the biggest idiot in all of this. He says he could not obtain the elevator video from the casino where the assault occurred. I find that hard to believe. How hard did he try to obtain it?

I believe the real issue is that when it was brought to Mr. Goodell’s attention that Mr. Rice had beaten up his fiancee, Mr. Goodell didn’t place any importance on domestic violence. He didn’t take it seriously and therefore never conducted a proper investigation.

And when Mr. Goodell saw the first video clip, showing Mr. Rice dragging an unconscious woman out of the casino elevator, couldn’t the commissioner determine that something terrible happened to the woman? Perhaps she was punched and knocked out? Yet after viewing that video, Mr. Goodell comes up with this: let’s suspend Mr. Rice for two games.

Did Mr. Goodell really think a two-game suspension was adequate punishment for Mr. Rice, after having seen an unconscious woman dragged out of an elevator like a sack of potatoes? I’d like to know what Mr. Goodell’s wife has to say about her husband’s handling of this case. I wonder if she’s standing by her man, like Mr. Rice’s wife is.



Background checks

To the editor:

Regarding Laura Myers’ article on gun legislation (“Nevada group starts petition for gun background checks,” Aug. 18 Review-Journal online), I am in favor of gun safety laws. The right to purchase, carry and wield a firearm must not be taken lightly. We are fortunate that there is an ongoing petition by the concerned citizens of this state, and it certainly goes to show that there are many aware of this issue.

The wrong person with a gun is a very grave risk to himself and to those around him. There are many innocents at risk out there, at the mercy of a trigger finger, and the ease with which one can acquire a gun when not thoroughly examined is frightening.

This is no joke. There have been campus shootings in the past that involve guns acquired through shadowy means, and I know of cases where people took their own lives.

We need a thorough background check on those who are issued guns. The lives of others are effectively in their hands, and we must ensure that these dangerous weapons don’t make it into the wrong hands.



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