Consumers aren’t flocking to electric cars

To the editor:

Your recent editorial accurately described the long-standing tepid interest in electric vehicles and pseudo-electric vehicles such as hybrids.

Despite the artificial support by the federal government to prop up demand for the hybrid Chevrolet Volt, "coal-powered" vehicles have human and environmental consequences. To continue to run these vehicles requires coal for electric grids, and that puts miners’ lives at greater risk as more coal is mined.

Additionally, coal-burning systems do pollute, though perhaps not as much as in previous years.

The financial impact, though, is the one many people will think about as they shell out extra dollars to pay for these vehicles. Though they may receive a government credit (bribe?) to buy them, what human, environmental and financial factors will be impacted, long term, by these purchases?

Bob Foessett

North Las Vegas

Graffiti vandals

To the editor:

In response to the Dec. 1 story, "Ancient artwork vandalized":

The Review-Journal has contributed to future vandalism by giving these graffiti vandals the publicity that they seek. And you have done it on the front page of a major section of your newspaper. You published pictures of their criminal acts, printed their gang names and described their actions in the text. You have given them the recognition they wanted.

Only the two cities with viable graffiti abatement programs — North Las Vegas and Boulder City — seem to give a damn about this blight that covers the valley.

As far as asking people to call the BLM hot line, forget it. People daily see graffiti being applied on our freeways, but do they report it? Nope.

It just shows that there is a terrific lack of leadership and community pride throughout this valley.

James W. Lucey

North Las Vegas

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