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Providing the tools to fight animal abuse

I was present at a meeting last week at which Amy Ferreira, a Clark County deputy district attorney, spoke about a new task force to handle animal abuse problems. She will handle any cases of this nature. This is no easy assignment, and I want to publicly thank her and the DA’s office for recognizing the long overdue need to pursue these cases

This didn’t happen overnight. For many years animal advocates have worked to strengthen our cruelty laws so that animal control officers and Metro have something to work with and bring abusers to justice.

Now that law enforcement agencies, have made the connection between violence against animals and human violence, they are taking a harder look at people who abuse animals. Jeffrey Dahmer is a perfect example of this.

It is up to members of our community to do their part and make that call when they are aware of animal abuse. Their call may very well also help stop some of the violence toward people. It is a huge step in the right direction and will make our community a better place to live. We deserve it and the animals who suffer do, as well.

Linda Faso

Las Vegas

Potential terrorists

Statistics show that somewhere between 25 to 30 percent of the U.S. population have a criminal record, with 6.5 percent having felony records.

According to a report from the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, during the first five years (2009-2013) of President Barack Obama’s administration, 680,000 green cards authorizing permanent residency in the United States have been issued to migrants from Muslim-majority countries.

If only 1 percent of those 680,000 immigrants will become radicalized Islamic terrorists, then our national government has provided a pathway into our country for 6,800 terrorists.

After analyzing recent immigration statistics and the facts concerning international terrorism, is it time now to reduce legal immigration and secure our borders?

You decide. Apparently our government’s leaders are still clueless.

Steven G. Hayes Sr.

Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas …

My husband and I recently returned from a Las Vegas vacation. We did many touristy activities, including the Fremont Street Experience. When the show began, I stepped out of the casino where I was playing to watch.

As the show finished, I noticed three women wearing little more than a headpiece, a boa and a G-string. Their body parts were exposed. I was amazed that they were permitted to expose themselves that way. When I turned to re-enter the casino, I saw two additional women walking down Fremont Street with even less coverage.

While all this was going on, there were multiple families with young children enjoying the light show and other entertainment.

I realize that Las Vegas is basically an adult city, but the exposure of those body parts can be offensive to adults. Why does Las Vegas permit this kind of “entertainment” in public? Those who want to view nude women don’t have much trouble finding it in the city. It’s not necessary to have nudity on display downtown.

Nancy Wood

Pittsburgh

Elevated highway

I don’t understand why County Commissioner Larry Brown is so eager to spend several hundred million taxpayer dollars to build an elevated section of road just to reduce the commute time from the airport to the Strip (“Elevated McCarran airport expressway plan moves forward,” Friday Review-Journal). It would do nothing to reduce the congestion either at the airport or on the Strip.

It would make more sense to add a revenue-producing shuttle system running 40-passenger buses from McCarran to the casinos to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

Tom Keller

Henderson

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