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Harrowing student trip ignites fire of democracy

To the editor:

The student bus trip from Las Vegas to Carson City, to rally for education Monday in front of the Capitol, was more than a nine-hour ride. I think people should know what a harrowing trip this really was.

I must say the sight was impressive, as you could see the tail lights of the buses going up the road and out of sight. I have traveled the roads of Nevada a lot and have never seen a sight like that before. When the buses reached Beatty it started to rain. Before we reached Goldfield the buses were moving over snow-covered roads. After inching around a jackknifed tractor-trailer in the road, we stopped in Tonopah. There was no discussion of turning back. This was too important to all of the students for that.

The snow slowed us down, but we kept on going. The snow finally let up and the roads cleared. We did stop to discuss whether to take the safer northern route, or chance falling snow on the mountain roads. We were running late as it was and the decision was made to take the shorter route.

We were lucky, and the roads through the mountains were clear — although the frozen, snow-covered road of Ramsey Cutoff was a little disconcerting.

The amazing thing about this bus trip is that we were not really late for our scheduled arrival time.

I would like to thank the brave bus drivers, and all of the people who donated food. We did not have to worry about buying anything to eat during this whole trip. People had donated snacks, boxed lunches and a very nice continental breakfast in Carson City.

Thanks to all of those who helped, and to all of the people who participated in this event. You did a great job, and I for one think that we should be proud that our students killed student apathy and have ignited the fire of democracy.

Millicent Frehner


Student voices

To the editor:

I liked seeing the students protesting education cuts and reading some of their comments (Tuesday Review-Journal). It’s good to see young people getting involved and asking questions on why funds are being cut.

The major question: Will they be able to understand the answers, i.e., there isn’t any more money?

I doubt there were many economics majors in the group.

Bill Wilderman

Las Vegas

On the dot

To the editor:

In response to Saturday’s Business article, “The Dotty’s dilemma”:

Dotty’s has been operating taverns since 1995, and at this time they have 64 locations. If there was ever an issue with regard to regulation, shouldn’t it have been addressed within the past 16 years? As I see it, the large casinos (and the resort association) are concerned, not because of tax issues, but because Dotty’s is cutting into their gaming revenue.

We have to ask ourselves, why is the Dotty’s issue such a concern at this time? Why would we want one of the few profitable small businesses in this town and this economy to be eliminated? Please tell me that I’m not the only one who realizes that any business — however regulated — pays taxes, and taxes are the revenue for our city, county and state. Anyone paying attention to the business in their neighborhood knows that the majority of Dotty’s taverns have replaced an otherwise failed bar. Has anyone seen a Dotty’s go out of business?

They must be doing something right, and we need to preserve the individuality that their taverns offer to their gamblers. If you’ve never visited a Dotty’s, drop on in. You’ll see what I mean.

Kira Raymond

Las Vegas

Oil cartels

To the editor:

I have no sympathy for those complaining about gasoline prices. The writing has been on the wall about oil for years.

We need to quit reacting after the fact and quit pandering to the oil and automotive cartels and develop alternative energy sources. The technology has been there for decades. Just do it.

James Shoger

Las Vegas

Cold thinking

To the editor:

Regarding Michael Saltsman’s Tuesday letter claiming that the minimum wage is so high that it is killing jobs: Think about it. Mr. Saltsman is saying that the most desperate and needy among us are the cause of unemployment. Mr. Saltsman’s argument is as outrageous as it is callous.

I believe that reasonable people can agree that the millions of us who purchase from businesses that employ workers at minimum wage would not even notice a small extra amount added to our bill for each item bought in order to allow people on the lower end of the pay scale to perhaps have a little food, some clothes and a place to live. And maybe it would even provide a job for a teenager.

How much further down can the wage scale go before even a teenager will say, “I’m not working for that pittance?” Have we turned so cynical and cold that we don’t see the great harm that Mr. Saltsman’s advocated type of group thinking is causing to our society?

Charles Parrish

Las Vegas

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