Let’s stop banks from going after distressed homeowners

To the editor:

I have been following the home foreclosure fiasco as one who has been indirectly affected (“Not worth saving,” Friday editorial). All of the remedies put forth so far have yielded very little in the way of homeowner assistance. Why not try a different tack?

Let’s declare a five-year moratorium on bank recourse and deficiency claims. I’ll bet the banks would be a little more willing to sit down with distressed homeowners and work out a solution.

John J. Schaaf

Las Vegas

Internet gambling

To the editor:

I have some questions about federal Internet gambling legislation:

1. How much money will it generate for the Nevada gaming industry?

2. How much of that money will stay in Nevada?

3. How much of that money will become tax revenue for Nevada state and local governments?

4. And maybe this should have been the first question, but how many jobs will it create in Nevada and Las Vegas, and what kinds of jobs?

Dennis Rich

Las Vegas

Limiting debate

To the editor:

I went to an Assembly hearing in Carson City to protest a bill that would extend voter registration until the day of an election, a proposition apparently ghostwritten by ACORN to encourage voter fraud.

Both the meeting room and overflow room were packed.

The first hour of the legislative meeting was given to two outside companies to promote online voter registration from DMV data, and to the ACLU, promoting liberalization of voter registration. After these presentations, five committee members, including Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, left the meeting room.

When the comment time finally was opened to the public, two proponents were given unlimited time to speak. But the opponents, exceeding 20 alone in Carson City, were then continually pressured by Assistant Chair Lucy Flores, a North Las Vegas Democrat, to cut short their comments.

I find this treatment of the public by the majority party outrageous.

Hermann Glockler


College plans

To the editor:

I come from a single-parent home. I am a full-time college student majoring in criminal justice. I have been going to the College of Southern Nevada for two years and I am getting ready to earn my associate’s degree at the beginning of next year.

My plan is to transfer to UNLV to get my bachelor’s degree, and possibly my master’s. The main reason I want to get into criminal justice is to make a difference in the lives of young people. My goal is to become a juvenile probation officer. I have lofty goals and I am going to fight against the budget cuts.

If the plan to raise tuition by 50 percent becomes reality, the college dropout rate will quadruple. I understand that times are hard, but this plan will negatively impact the education system. The cost of tuition is already expensive, and most students cannot afford to pay for college out of pocket. The process of getting into the classes required for my major is already challenging. This plan would make it harder for me because the schools would begin to eliminate degree programs and increase class sizes.

Being a college student in these times is tough, and this plan would make it impossible for thousands of students to further their education. Getting an education is my ticket to a better future.

Jasmin Grady

North Las Vegas

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