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Maybe Elfman isn’t so bad after all

To the editor:

I may owe Review-Journal “Vegasland” columnist Doug Elfman an apology … maybe. His Tuesday column about the nicer celebrities is the reason (“Who’s naughty, and who’s nice”).

After his first several columns since returning to the Review-Journal, I thought he had the depth of a bedpan. It looked like he was talking trash to the trash. I’m no prude, either. In this time of negativity, I ache to see something uplifting, especially in unexpected places. Thanks for that.

Regardless of the subject matter, I find Mr. Elfman to be a very good writer. More columns like this from everybody would be appreciated. It doesn’t mean we don’t escape the truth of the news, but a little more “nice” would be nice, especially now.

My apology to Mr. Elfman is now on hold pending his next several missives, which I look forward to reading.

On second thought, nice is nice. Please accept my apology now, Mr. Elfman.

Tom Justin


Preposterous idea

To the editor:

In response to Sunday’s commentary, “An energy fix written in the stars”: Ben Bova is credited with having written 120 nonfiction books. If the cockamamie ideas espoused in the referenced article are any indication, I’d guess that they were all fiction.

To my knowledge, no one has yet perfected a system that would efficiently transmit power through space from one side of a room to the other, let alone through tens of thousands of miles of space. (Having spent many years engineering microwave transmission systems, I have a fair understanding of how inefficient transmission through space is). I would guess that if you beamed a watt of power from a space station in high orbit you might be able to retrieve one-googleth of a watt here on Earth using affordable technology.

As to costs, I would expect it would cost at least a billion dollars to build a mile-wide solar collecting — just collecting, not re-transmitting — station here in the desert, yet Mr. Bova is going to build one in outer space for a mere one billion bucks that will both collect and re-transmit the energy? He should be running NASA.

I suggest that the Review-Journal employ a competent science editor to review articles such as this one in order to perhaps avoid the embarrassment of printing such preposterous stuff in the future.

Lyle O. Keys


Toss the bums out

To the editor:

I have been reading newspaper editorials and reader comments since moving to this area in 2003. This is my decision for the upcoming election, and the decision of a large group of voters in my neighborhood: We are re-electing no one.

These past years, few elected persons have fulfilled their jobs. Few have done their duty as they swore to do on the day they took their oaths of office. From School Board members to City Council members to judges, to governors, congressmen and senators, most have fallen prey to pressures from interests other than those of the citizens.

The voters who continue to re-elect poor representatives can expect only more mendaciousness, and we have decided to stop that trend, personally, by working to convince others to vote the scoundrels out of office.

Margie McAvoy


Bargains galore

To the editor:

The economy does not and will not grow under Review-Journal columnist Geoff Schumacher’s glib suggestions and notions, such as cutting back on vacations, eating more home-cooked meals and holding off on major purchases (“Hard times take us back to basics”).

Au contraire, Mr. Schumacher needs to get a life and get out of his cloistered igloo and spend a few sawbucks on all the tremendous deals around him! Cheap hotel rooms, two-for-one inexpensive dinners that cannot be matched monetarily at home, deeply discounted shows, zero percent financing and inexpensive jaunts are just minuscule examples of the present plethora of available bargains. Reduced prices are everywhere and so easy to find, but you cannot find them by using Morse code, the libraries or wasting away in your ancient La-Z-Boy.

Help the economy by taking advantage of the times. If the economy needs help, don’t do the complete opposite. Morse code is outdated — like Mr. Schumacher’s attempts at the “basics” of economics, journalism and simple logic.



Cluck, cluck

To the editor:

In response to your Oct. 11 editorial, “Help from California”:

Treating all animals humanely and with respect is not unreasonable. Giving pigs and chickens space to move in their cages is a step in the right direction. They are living creatures. Just imagine their horrific lives.

I’m sure they give the editorial writers space to move in their cages. They’re probably even let out to watch Bill O’Reilly and get their prostates checked.

But remember, chickens and pigs have feelings. Review-Journal editorial writers don’t exhibit that trait.



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