LETTERS: Wealthy locals could fund med school

To the editor:

The report on coming up with $27 million to fund the UNLV medical school brings to mind that there are a handful of gazillionaires who call Las Vegas home (“More UNLV medical school aid sought,” Feb. 25 Review-Journal). These folks, in addition to having their names associated with a casino, could put their names on a medical school by underwriting the shortfall with a contribution that amounts to less than their annual fuel cost for their fleet of aircraft.

Such an investment would give back to the community that gave them so much. Along this line, I read with great interest a Feb. 13 Wall Street Journal article about a Chinese billionaire funding a Guangdong campus of the highly successful Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The Chinese investor is also contributing $130 million to the university’s main campus in Israel. It appears the Chinese like to invest in the future, because the future begins today.



Ignoring constituents

To the editor:

It seems that several elected officials have forgotten that they are supposed represent the people. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman wanted to ram a soccer stadium down the throats of taxpayers against their will, and her husband, former Mayor Oscar Goodman, ostensibly thinks 73 percent of city residents are “bottom-feeding scumbags.”

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval promised not to raise taxes in order to get into office, and on a lesser scale, so did Assembly Speaker John Hambrick. Now they both want to raise taxes. I have news for these egomaniacs: People are wising up, and for politicians like you, the days are numbered.



UNLV basketball woes

To the editor:

As a longtime follower and rabid supporter of UNLV men’s basketball, I am a little disappointed with the recent years’ outcomes. In trying to figure out why we are having such problems, I’ve come up with some observations and suggestions for the team.

First, the coaching staff should keep on doing what its doing. The coaches’ jobs are to train these young men in how to play team basketball. The players haven’t yet bought into the concept, as witnessed by their play when things get tough in a game. They revert to playground basketball, with one player taking the ball at the top of the key and dribbling willy-nilly until he thinks he can run to the basket or pull up for a jump shot well beyond his range. Once in a while, his teammates run back and forth under the basket, waiting for a pass. But when they see it isn’t coming, they stop and stand around.

Second, the players have talent. Not as much as they are being told, but talent nonetheless. This should rightfully be called potential. Right now, none of these players will make it at the next level. That’s a fact. But stick around and learn from this excellent coaching staff. Learn to play team basketball, and stop complaining about the referees’ calls. It’s all part of the game.

UNLV has only three seniors this year and will have three seniors next year. This means everyone will have to listen and learn. I look forward to supporting the Rebels next year.



Campus carry

To the editor:

Regarding Theresa Krause’s letter (“Guns on campus,” Feb. 26 Review-Journal), I wonder if she really believes that if the law prohibits people from carrying guns on college campuses, deranged people with guns will never carry on campus. I suppose the gunman at Virginia Tech was a perfectly sane, law-abiding citizen.



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