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Now we know for whom lawmakers really work

To the editor:

I absolutely could not believe what I was reading in the Friday Review-Journal. Since when does an individual or industry have the say so on what they pay in taxes (“Casino industry tells Legislature: No dice”)?

Nobody has ever asked me if it was OK to raise my taxes. I guess the gutless wonders who are supposed to represent our best interests in Carson City will tuck tail and slink away from the issue of raising the taxes of the gaming industry. Are they afraid their campaign contributions will dry up if they do?

Guess that really is another loud-and-clear message to all of us lowly voters who our lawmakers really serve.

Pat Martin

Las Vegas

Mining woes

To the editor:

There are people who look at the mining industry as having one of the best deals around, with companies that are flush with money. In reality, mining is one of the most precarious industries on the planet.

Before any mining company can go into production, there are prospecting duties, diamond drilling, chemical analysis, claims, land leasing or purchase, and a host of opposing factors, such as opposition from environmental groups, American Indians, federal officials, state officials and even local residents. Then there are lawsuits, permits, site and project inspection fees, taxes, equipment ramp-up, parts and fuel, and several other prerequisites imposed by mostly anti-mining officials. Everything here has to be paid up-front before any dirt can be moved and milled, and metals or the commodity can be extracted.

Surface deposits most likely do not represent values at depth, and site development logistics during the actual mining, and land mitigation afterward, accrue to add more fees and costs to the backs of the mining company.

In addition to all that, extracting, then selling the mineral commodity usually affects worldwide prices, to the point the company may not make any money and have to forfeit all fees and efforts made to bring the actual mine into production.

There are those who would naively think that gold is worth a whole lot of money, far from the days of $35 an ounce. In reality, it’s our currency that is worth a thousand times less. The current dollar has the buying power today that 3 whole cents had in 1944.

The point of all this is that most miners want to help those in their regions, with donations and windfalls, even propping up the local economy, education and other needed services. But they also have to stockpile their returns to prepare for the next project when value horizons are located.

Charlie Michael

North Las Vegas

Scale back

To the editor:

The latest attempts by our legislators to solve the state’s budget deficit sound a lot like someone turning over the couch cushions in search of lost pocket change in order to buy a six-pack before the next paycheck arrives. Don’t these people understand that the “next paycheck” is a long way off?

Lawmakers are not going to solve Nevada’s budget woes by raiding the piggy bank and looking in coat pockets for a forgotten dollar. The only way to solve our problem is to reduce spending — not magically producing “lost money” or raising taxes and fees on an already starving populace.

Please let someone have the courage to propose a plan to scale back state and local governments to a sustainable level.

You spend what you have, not what you want.

Bill Edwards

Las Vegas

Workout burn

To the editor:

I read that some people might protest firefighters going to the gym and working out during their duty time. If the truck was in the parking lot, I’d assume they were prepared to leave and take care of any emergencies.

It seems to me that if I needed a firefighter to haul me down a ladder from a second or third floor of a burning building, I’d much rather have one who worked out every day than one who sat around watching TV.

Donna Mabry



To the editor:

In the Feb. 26 Review-Journal, gaming writer Howard Stutz quoted Steve Wynn as saying, “Thank God for being outside the United States today. There isn’t an executive in the world who isn’t thrilled about being outside the United States today.” Mr. Wynn’s comments pertained to Wynn Macau Resorts.

This statement caught my interest in that Mr. Wynn has made a fortune in his Las Vegas dealings and in the United States. I find it shameful that he could make all this fortune here and then turn around and say he is glad to be outside the United States.

Am I missing something here or is something out of context?

Bill Belke

Las Vegas

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