LETTERS: High costs involved with taking in refugees

Judith Lachance’s letter compares Jews in Nazi Germany being loaded onto trains for transport to forced labor or death camps with current Syrian refugees being forced out of Hungary, where they are believed to be a hardship on the Hungarian people (“Fear of refugees,” Sept. 29 Review-Journal).

At a glance, it seems cold-hearted, but let’s look at a few facts. The refugee problem is a huge one in Europe and the Middle East, so why is it that we don’t see many nations with a strong Muslim culture and an oil-rich economy opening their doors to refugees? Has anyone reported on offers of help from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman, Qatar or other nations such as Turkey, Egypt or Russia?

Ms. Lachance’s statement that Americans are fearful of accepting these people is likely true for two reasons: First, it would be very easy for a group of refugees to be infiltrated by terrorists. Our good intentions could easily harbor another Boston Marathon bomber, 9/11 cell organizer or bomb builder. This case could be supported by the large percentage of young males in these refugee groups.

Second, the financial burden on American taxpayers would be unavoidable. With entitlement spending at a record high, including some being paid to undocumented immigrants, we can hardly afford to support thousands more while many Americans live below the poverty level. Last month, a group of refugees taken in by Uruguay, a rather poor nation, protested that it was not being given enough and wanted to return to the Middle East.

It seems the Obama administration is jumping on this issue for political gain, as usual, knowing the cost will be to the taxpayers. I don’t hear President Barack Obama planning a tent city with restroom privileges on the White House lawn, or Secretary of State John Kerry offering one of his estates for housing.

Robert Latchford


Don’t ID shooters

I am amazed at the thoughtlessness demonstrated by putting the name and photograph of the Oregon shooter on the front page of the newspaper (“Oregon college gunman killed self,” Sunday Review-Journal). That is exactly what he dreamed of — becoming famous by committing a heinous act. Experts tell us this dream is something practically all these psychotic killers share.

We don’t need to know the killer’s name or see his picture. The article would be just as good, if not be improved. Instead, use an illustration or drawing of a pistol on a silhouette of the United States, or something similar.

It is very difficult to spot these troubled individuals before they commit their killings, but if all the media could agree to keep them anonymous after they have struck, we might prevent a similar catastrophe in the future. What if we prevented just one? Wouldn’t that be a goal to be ardently wished for?

The Review-Journal should abandon the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality and hold itself to a higher standard. Every reader is aware of the R-J’s self-congratulations, its prizes and awards. So show a little of the class you purport to have and behave responsibly toward this community.

Dave Hawley

Las Vegas

Gun-free schools

So much for a gun-free school that provides a safe atmosphere. The people who run Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., where nine people and the killer died in the latest school shooting, are living in a dream world, a fairyland.

Not allowing even the college’s security officer to be armed, not to mention former cops who are teachers, is deadly, as college officials tragically found out. Calling for more gun control, as President Barack Obama has, is not going to solve the problem. That horse is already out of the barn.

Jerry Gordon


Bravo, Sebelius

Steve Sebelius’ column on gun violence should be required reading for all Americans (“Losses aren’t acceptable,” Sunday Review-Journal). The column was rational and concise, with no mention of crazies or gun seizures. The Review-Journal should print it every day and offer it to all the media until some sanity comes to our country.

Phyllis Collins

Las Vegas

No TV for UNLV?

It is unacceptable that the UNLV-UNR football game was not on TV. It is the biggest game of the year for the programs in our state. My kids both went to UNR, and I guarantee that if these two teams were playing in Las Vegas, the game would have been televised in Reno.

Rebels coach Tony Sanchez is a great guy who is trying to build a big-time football program here. It seems to me that someone should have stepped up and televised this game.

Steve Stonestreet

Las Vegas

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