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Teachers must exercise good judgment

To the editor:

Wednesday’s letter from Dave Liebrader downplayed the controversy over the misrouted text message from a Clark County teacher about one of his female students.

Teachers should be held in high regard for their chosen profession. Their influence on our children’s future is second only to parents. With that regard comes the understanding that they show at least good judgment. If this teacher had such distaste for this student, he should have her transferred to another class. Had he contacted the parents to try to work out her problems?

I have heard how teachers have their favorites in a class. The question arises: Does this affect how a teacher acts toward any one student? I hope this is not the case.

The letter suggests that distasteful descriptions were used in the text. I question the judgment of this teacher for expressing himself in this way.

Bringing this matter to the public forum was a manifestation of the parent’s anger of having no knowledge of what will happen to this teacher, if anything.

We all have a right to our opinions. How and where we express them is the question.

Michael D. Cohen

Henderson

Going pink

To the editor:

Kudos for Thursday’s pink edition of the Review-Journal. Anything that will help people whip the awful disease of breast cancer is needed.

In that light, with no sour grapes, how about an edition for prostate cancer awareness? I had that disease many years ago and was successfully treated. I see all kinds of pink bows being sported by athletes and others who are in the public’s eye, so how about a green (or any other color) for prostate cancer awareness?

My urologist in Houston said, “If you live long enough, you will get prostate cancer.”

Jim Lane

Las Vegas

E-billing

To the editor:

I, for one, am offended that the vendors we use want us to subscribe to e-billing. As far as I can see, that’s a win-win situation with nothing in it for me.

They save on paper, postage, personnel, etc., for us to receive our statements over the Internet. I feel I should be compensated because I’m saving these companies a ton on money every month.

Give a little and I would be a willing participant. Taking more from me by asking me to help you would be a disservice to me. Wake up and look at the possibilities. If you contributed part of the cost, you’d be saving.

Ron Schiller

North Las Vegas

New old deal

To the editor:

Under President Obama’s jobs bill, unemployment would be extended for another 99 weeks and jobs would be created. My question: Why not bring back the WPA and the CCC?

The Works Progress Administration was started by FDR in 1935. This program was to provide a paid job for all families where the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment. It provided for construction of public buildings, parks, bridges and public roads.

The Civilian Conservation Corps planted nearly 3 billion trees to reforest America, upgraded parks (both state and federal) and built service buildings and public roadways in remote areas. It could also be used to clean up parks and remove underbrush in forests.

I don’t know how the unions would respond to this, but this plan would remove many unemployed from the rolls and serve a good purpose to prevent forest fires, clean up the parks and help rebuild America.

Vernon Pechous

Henderson

Great deal

To the editor:

Is it any wonder that our government is broke at all levels — local, state and federal? North Las Vegas has purchased Buena Vista Springs apartments and plans to raze the run-down, crime-ridden property (Sept. 19 Review-Journal). That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the purchase price of $2.3 million is only part of the $6.85 million approved by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Some $2.4 million is to be used to relocate the 40 families who still live there. That comes to $60,000 per family.

I understand that the people living there are probably not there by choice and can ill-afford moving expenses. They also may struggle to find other housing in their price range. But $60,000 apiece? They are eligible for up to 60 months of assistance. Five years?

Could expenditures like this have anything to do with why our government is broke? It would be cheaper to buy each family a house in the same area — at least one went for as little as $10,000.

Richard Gates

North Las Vegas

Water plans

To the editor:

Regarding the current proposal to pump and pipe groundwater from central Nevada into Lake Mead: This isn’t a good idea (Tuesday Review-Journal).

I don’t share water official Pat Mulroy’s dream. Why not look at alternative water source swaps, such as building a desalination plant in California or buying up the rights to Colorado River water from the Imperial Valley?

What is even more of a concern is the projected cost to build a 300-mile pipeline network to transport the groundwater from central Nevada to Las Vegas.

How about the water authority’s “third straw” project for Lake Mead? That cost projection didn’t work out too well. The current estimate for the proposed pipeline ranges from $3 billion to as much as $15 billion. Somewhere in the middle lies the true cost.

A current proposal to construct a 1,700-mile long oil pipeline, using private money, from Alberta to Houston is pegged at $7 billion. This pipeline will move 800,000 barrels of oil per day. Why the cost difference between the two pipelines?

Ms. Mulroy says we need to be concerned about our water supply 50 years into the future. I agree.

What’s needed is a national water pipeline network constructed over the next 50 years. A national water usage tax of 20 cents per thousand gallons of water would probably get it done.

Think about it, a massive infrastructure project over 50 years, employing American workers using American-made products and one that benefits all Americans. What are we waiting for?

Richard Rychtarik

Las Vegas

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