More sour grapes from Wynn-wannabe

To the editor:

Once again, the egotistical Donald Trump is attacking a Las Vegas casino project and its executive — MGM Mirage’s $8.4 billion CityCenter and its CEO, Jim Murren (Norm Clarke column, Dec. 17).

Recently, on Larry King’s show, Mr. Trump called the project “an absolute catastrophe.” In the past, Mr. Trump has feuded with casino king Steve Wynn, calling Mr. Wynn “a scumbag” and his Bellagio “a very ugly … facility.”

Respectfully, I suggest Mr. Trump shut up. Especially since his own Atlantic City casinos were facing bankruptcy this year.

I lived in New Jersey and have been to Atlantic City casinos — they can’t touch Las Vegas.

The truth is, Mr. Trump has always been a Wynn-wannabe and envious of Las Vegas casinos, their world pre-eminent status and executives such as Mr. Murren.

It’s true today as Mr. Wynn said years ago concerning Mr. Trump: “He’s a lightweight.”

Realistically, pragmatically, it’s in the best interests of us all that CityCenter succeed for the good of our economy, jobs and state of Nevada.

Clyde Dinkins


White elephant

To the editor:

I read with interest the article in Friday’s newspaper concerning the Las Vegas Monorail possibly filing for bankruptcy.

I know that the monorail has been bleeding red ink for some time — it was apparent from the start this was another “white elephant” that had no chance for survival.

But the part of your article that really struck me was the information that the payroll costs went to more than $3 million, which was almost $1 million higher than the prior year. It seems to me that if you are bleeding red ink you should be cutting costs rather than increasing them.

I also wonder who at this mismanaged company is making the big bucks, and just where the almost $1 million went. I can assure you that if I were a bondholder, I certainly wouldn’t be happy with the situation and would raise holy hell.

I can also assure you that any future expansion of this poorly run outfit should be dismissed. The monorail should be shut down and never see the light of day again.

Jim Fitzpatrick


Great deal

To the editor:

If I, as an ordinary citizen, were to bribe a public official, I would be arrested. Why is it that Nevada’s senior senator can be allowed to bribe another senator in order to obtain a vote for an ill-advised piece of health care legislation?

To make the situation worse, he did so at our expense, because our tax dollars will be funneled to Nebraska forever. What a deal.

John Blake


They’re ‘regressives’

To the editor:

Geoff Schumacher’s Friday column about “Reid’s health reform dilemma” clearly shows why progressives really don’t get it. Mr. Schumacher is right to be concerned about Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election chances. Sen. Reid has been leading the charge for legislation — such as health reform and cap and trade — that a clear majority of folks do not want because we cannot afford these measures. So Sen. Reid may pay the price for pushing such issues.

“Progressive” is a clever term for people who really should be called “regressive” because they regress to the bad old days as they push for the failed socialism personified by some European nations and epitomized by the old Soviet Union. However, we do need regressives, such as Mr. Schumacher, to balance the folks on the far right.

The health reform bill is an unwanted, scary mess. But Mr. Schumacher applauds at length what he sees as its merits. There are many flaws in his argument, but just one flaw is his praise for the requirement to “prevent insurance companies from denying coverage or increasing premiums because of pre-existing conditions or because of age.”

This is wrong because by definition insurance is what we buy to protect us from calamities. For example, we cannot wait to buy fire insurance when our house is on fire. So requiring insurance companies to provide such insurance is a mandate that has to increase insurance costs for everyone.

Increasing costs and driving insurance companies out of the health business may be a hidden goal of regressives, who would delight in full government coverage and so advance us into socialism.

Richard N. Fulton


Stand up

To the editor:

Once again you publish an article about a former Clark County commissioner (Erin Kenny) being released from federal custody back into the Las Vegas community.

It is a shame that the voters of Clark County have gotten less than what they have deserved for so many decades. That explains the attitude and complacent view that all elected officials are corrupt and seek office only for fiscal reasons.

That is not always the case. The voters in Clark County deserve more and should stand up and expect more from the people seeking office. They should look at the individuals and their backgrounds and find out if they were leaders, to what level they were able to lead and what personal integrity strengths they exhibited.

If the voters fail to do their homework, they get what they keep voting for over and over again: corruption and the perception of corruption.

Jeff Durbin


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