LETTERS: Well-connected ignore water woes

To the editor:

What gives with the water situation in the Las Vegas Valley? On the one hand, we are pursuing an emergency $12 million project to ensure our water supply continues. On the other hand, housing developments continue to grow, and Lacy Harber, the owner of Wayne Newton’s old ranch, plants 1 million square feet of grass (“All dressed up, but what’s the goal?” Sept. 6 Review-Journal).

Why did I remove my grass for desert landscaping? There seems to be no problem at Casa de Shenandoah. Are we serious about solving the water problem, or do deep private pockets and juice dictate our water policy? As always, we commoners bear the burden with rationing and escalating costs.



Teacher’s pet

To the editor:

I read that Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky reshuffled and promoted staff, slightly cutting central office spending (“Superintendent staff budget sees decrease,” Aug. 23 Review-Journal). What amazes and disgusts me is that Joe Caruso, the former principal of Cimarron-Memorial High School who was replaced because his school was “chronically underperforming,” was appointed as deputy chief of staff to the superintendent. And it seems this position was created, rather than filling a vacancy.

Is this a bit of the good old boy favoring a friend? How does this happen? How did our School Board approve this shuffling, allowing a principal who doesn’t know how to successfully run a school to now move into an administrative position making $92,256 base salary?



Strike solves problem

To the editor:

President Barack Obama does not need the United States Congress to support him to be able to attack Syria. All this going to Congress nonsense is just to provide pieces of information and calm down the world, so that an attack is not a shock on world political and economic markets.

An American attack will be more than just 200 cruise missiles. It will break the back of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in addition to reducing the chemical weapons threat. Then the Free Syrian Army will in the next months win the war, and Mr. Assad will be marginalized, arrested, killed or will flee, and the peace negotiations will be between the remaining Assad Alawite forces, the Sunni-dominated Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council.

If the United States attacks the Assad regime, the U.S. will have allies in power in Syria who can be supported to fight al-Qaida, which has been strengthened in Syria’s civil war. Problem solved. But this plan requires an American attack on Syria. Elected representatives do not want to lose their jobs for supporting a president who does not need such support if he wishes to launch an attack against Syria.



Troops in harm’s way

To the editor:

I have neither seen nor heard any commentary about the U.S. troops who don’t have their feet on the ground in Syria, but are on heightened alert at various bases or onboard ships in the Mediterranean Sea while someone makes up his mind about what to do.

Further, since the leaks from Washington, D.C., have blatantly revealed where those troops are, should we be so naive as to believe that they will not be in harm’s way if a decision is reached to strike Syria?

We have a military that has been required to do more and more with less and less, but the politicians seem to disregard the potential morale problems, strain and fatigue that the current ongoing dithering is causing.



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