Wonderful story: Man, horse working together

To the editor:

The July 24 Review-Journal story (“The Wild Bunch”) about the wild horses being trained by inmates at the Stewart Conservation Camp was like candy to these old eyes. John Locher’s photos were excellent along with the well-written story by Laura Myers.

What a wonderful way to get animals and people to work together for the benefit of both man and horse. If only our two-party system worked as well as these inmates with their horses.

All my adult life I was afraid of horses, but one day I bit the bullet and went to one of the horse riding places up at Red Rock. When it was time to get on my horse, I was ready to back down. I saw a young girl with her father getting on her horse and reluctantly I got on mine. After a few minutes my fear totally vanished.

Thank you, Review-Journal, for this wonderful story. Something positive is what we all need from time to time.

John Tominsky

Las Vegas

Small potatoes

To the editor:

Surprise of surprises, the unemployment rate is up (Review-Journal, Friday).

Let’s see. Thousands of state and local jobs have been eliminated. Far more people have had spending income cut as much as 10 percent. Millions of dollars have been taken out of the local economy.

What will be the result? Far less discretionary spending by thousands of people. The restaurants, theaters, etc. — where people would spend the discretionary money — will get far less as the bulk will go to housing, transportation, medical and food costs.

Where do we go from here? Will the debt ceiling also be put on the backs of the working people who are already shouldering a burden thanks to what states are doing?

If that happens, I see a recession that makes what we are going through now seem small.

Robert Gregorich

Henderson

No credit

To the editor:

Why are many companies using an applicant’s credit score when hiring? Most people who are out of work have lower scores due to financial difficulties and obviously need work to pay off creditors and improve their lives financially. I can see doing background checks, but judging an applicant’s credibility and character solely based on his credit score is wrong.

This is another reason unemployment is so high. The government needs to ban employers from using credit scores in the employment process.

Patricia Picano

Las Vegas

Primary voting

To the editor:

George Washington tried to warn us that “the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” The structure and process of our political system has been increasingly corrupted from the very beginning and has finally led to extremism and deadlock on the state and federal level.

Ballot access laws and the financial constraints of mounting a campaign deter third party participation. Independent voters are essentially locked out of the primaries in states like Nevada.

In Arizona, independent voters were allowed to vote in the primary of their choosing. In cases where voter registration is unbalanced, candidates often run unopposed or with only token resistance in the general election. The real election turns out to be the primary of the dominant major party in the district and hence excludes members of the other major party and independents from any real say in their representation.

Another idea to promote moderate candidates would be to select the three candidates from the various primaries with the most votes for the general election. Each voter would then vote for a first choice (two votes) and a second choice (one vote) in the general election and the candidate with the most votes would win the election.

Some of the wealthiest 1 percent and their minions will not sit back quietly and observe any suggested changes in our political process or the structure of our government. They will find ways to subvert and corrupt anything that diminishes their power, as they have always done since the times when they were kings and aristocrats.

Jeremy M. Christensen

Las Vegas

Enough time

To the editor:

Here we go again: “Panel talks diversity’ — so said the headline in Tuesday’s Review-Journal Business section.

What a bunch of baloney. If anyone in the real world actually thinks those in our state government know how to create private-sector jobs, they should read the paragraph that starts out, “For more than five decades Nevada leaders have been talking and studying economic diversity … “

That pretty well sums things up in my book.

All the politicians have done for more than 50 years is talk and study. That’s all they ever do. If these fools knew what to do, they would have done it a long time ago.

The biggest hindrance to creating jobs is government — and they expect us to believe that they can make things right? Ha. See you in another 50 years.

Bruce Feher

Las Vegas

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