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LETTERS: What happens in Reno isn’t worth remembering

To the editor:

I liked Mark Anderson’s response to Reno Gazette-Journal sports columnist Chris Murray, who came up with 10 reasons why Reno is better than Las Vegas (“Leftovers,” Saturday Review-Journal). Here is my rebuttal to each of Mr. Murray’s reasons:

1. Lake Tahoe. It’s mostly in California.

2. Weather. Having lived in Reno for five winters, I can tell you I scraped ice and snow off my windshield far more times there than I’ve scraped sunshine off here.

3. Traffic. If you like driving behind a bunch of farmers going to market, Reno is your place.

4. Skiing. See No. 2.

5. Better university. I attended both UNLV and UNR. Dead heat, as far as I can tell.

6. “Reno has heart, history.” And more nickel slots.

7. Truckee River Walk. Ah, a stroll among the homeless. What could be more pleasant?

8. Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries fight. Oooh, you got us there. Las Vegas never has championship fights!

9. “Reno has a real football team.” That Fremont Cannon sure looks good in red, doesn’t it?

10. “No card slingers.” That’s it?

On the other hand, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and what happens in Reno isn’t worth remembering — or repeating.

MIKE HENDERSON

LAS VEGAS

The last straw

To the editor:

For more than 25 years, I have put up with your right-wing, reactionary editorials. Your recent attacks on the Affordable Care Act defy logic. I have read 20 of said attacks which started with “repeal and replace,” and have in the past eight morphed into “replace.”

Now you want the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already ruled that the law is constitutional, to take action to dismantle it piece by piece (July 29 editorial). And I have been sickened by Sherman Frederick’s unfair, deeply personal and hateful screeds against President Barack Obama. Not to mention that most of them contain bogus “facts.”

The final straw for me was the disrespectful, disgraceful cartoon in the July 27 Review-Journal. The distasteful parody “Barack Obama in The Jerk” truly speaks to your biased view. I will no longer support your vile views by subscribing to your “newspaper.”

ANN J. LAURY

LAS VEGAS

Senate in Obama’s pocket

To the editor:

Columnist Steve Sebelius is wrong again (“Heck and Amodei do the wrong thing in voting to sue Obama,” Friday Review-Journal).

The votes by Nevada Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei to sue the president were correct and important steps to preserve the Constitution. The president has clearly violated the law.

Mr. Sebelius is correct that impeachment is the correct remedy. However, the reason for not pursuing impeachment as a course of action is not House reluctance or consensus; it is the realization that President Obama couldn’t be convicted in the Senate because of the Democratic majority.

The lawsuit is therefore the only remedy with a chance to preserve the Constitution. Reps. Heck and Amodei provided valuable support for a critical matter. I am a lifelong registered nonpartisan, and I am getting tired of Democrat incompetence and the false claims of pundits.

PAT SHARP

LAS VEGAS

Obamacare’s demise

To the editor:

Review-Journal columnist Steve Sebelius finds it “delicious” that if the House wins its lawsuit, the court may force the Obama administration to fully implement the provisions of Obamacare that the Republicans hate (Friday Review-Journal). But Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei, who voted to authorize the lawsuit, read what Abraham Lincoln said about bad law. Mr. Sebelius did not. Honest Abe said, “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.”

So, Mr. Sebelius, enjoy your “delicious” bit of fun while you can. Reps. Heck and Amodei may yet have the last laugh.

WILLIAM KELLY

HENDERSON

Driving etiquette

To the editor:

In response to letters about driving and traffic laws:

I moved to Las Vegas in 2011, and before that I lived in Florida for 10 years. We came to Florida from California after living there for 30 years, and back then there was very little problem with people squatting in the passing lane of traffic and holding up the works.

When we got to Florida in 2001, the drivers there were so bad they shocked me. They hog the lanes, and the roads are not as wide as they are in Las Vegas. I will never forget when I saw Mercedes pass a fire engine with its lights flashing and its siren going at the same time.

While I lived in Florida, a law was passed stating that a ticket would be issued to those who do not use turn signals. Now, that law is not enforced, as I have seen it over and over, and even the cops do not use signals there.

I learned how to drive in 1959, and the driver’s manual states that one should be in the passing lane only to pass slower traffic. There is a law in Illinois, and drivers are ticketed for driving in the passing lane when not passing vehicles.

There are many laws on the books that need to be enforced but are not. Also, by riding side by side next to cars and not actually passing, these drivers are helping incite road rage. Also, emergency vehicles cannot easily get by when both lanes are congested. It is such a common-sense issue, but some people do not care and many more are not very bright. I also notice that many of the culprits of these bad habits are transplants from other states.

KEN WINTERS

LAS VEGAS

 

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