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Thanks for a life saved by cancer institute

To the editor:

In response to last week’s news that the Nevada Cancer Institute laid off half of its 300 workers:

Following my cancer diagnosis in 2009, the specialists at Nevada Cancer Institute helped determine the best course of treatment for me. I was provided with a tremendous amount of knowledge and support. Walking through those doors on the first day of treatment can be an anxious experience, but I was welcomed by every single employee with a smile and genuine concern for how I was doing. They cared for me as an individual. That’s when my fears subsided, and I thought, “Maybe it’s not going to be so bad.”

With the support of my care team at Nevada Cancer Institute, my family and colleagues, I completed six months of chemotherapy and six weeks of daily radiation treatments, and I am now a survivor. I credit the staff for supporting me along my journey and I consider myself lucky to have a world-class institute like Nevada Cancer Institute right in my own community. I had many options for treatment, including heading to the East Coast, but the most welcoming care came from Nevada Cancer Institute.

If not for Nevada Cancer Institute, I don’t think I would be where I am today.

Marcia Perna

Las Vegas

Ensure survival

To the editor:

I have supported the Nevada Cancer Institute both financially and through volunteer opportunities since it was simply a concept. Unfortunately, I have had many friends who have been in need of cancer treatment. They have chosen Nevada Cancer Institute, so I personally know the type of attention and care provided at that facility.

I was sorry to read last week’s news about the layoffs at the Nevada Cancer Institute. It’s sad to see people losing their jobs, but we need to look at the bigger picture: The institute is a tremendous asset for this community, and we all should do everything we can to make sure it survives. It has already helped thousands of people and given Las Vegas positive press pertaining to our medical care.

Nevada residents have for years left the state for their medical care. The Nevada Cancer Institute was the force behind residents finally saying they would stay here, due to the caliber of the institute. But, even more importantly, residents of neighboring states are also now coming to Las Vegas to be treated there.

As a donor, I can assure you that I will continue to support the Nevada Cancer Institute. We should be very proud to have this outstanding medical organization in our city and state.

Martie Sparks

Las Vegas


To the editor:

I’ve read with passing interest the dust up about Dotty’s, and after reading John L. Smith’s Friday column, which included a few thoughts on the topic, I suddenly had an epiphany, to wit:

On a local corner there used to be a bar. It was a nice bar. It was friendly, accommodating, all the things one wants from a bar.

However, the bar was losing money. A short time ago, they “sold out” to Dotty’s. The company gutted and rebuilt the property, and in a very short few months, it was Dotty’s.

When it opened, I was angry, disappointed and sad. What it replaced was a nice bar. I knew the people. But truth be known, there were very few people there on a daily basis. Weekends, sure. Weekdays, not so much.

Time has passed, and I’ve noticed that a lot more people go to Dotty’s than to the previous bar. I don’t gamble, but the cigarettes are cheap, so I see it more often than I ever did the bar.

Fact is, Dotty’s filled a need not met by the previous bar, no matter how sentimental I and others who went to that bar felt.

It’s like Borders. It’s the same sadness of passing when bookstores such as Borders encroached on “mom and pop” bookstores. It’s how Borders feels because there is now an Amazon.com to contend with. It’s progress.

And we should not, no matter how we feel emotionally, condemn progress. Because it’s how we got here in the first place.

Little surprise to me, though, as I jotted notes for this letter. I was using a pencil and a notebook. I misspelled a word and wrote a line through it. Then, suddenly realized … I can erase it!

Some things stand the test of time. Some don’t. Some just need to move on.

Stacy Morris

Las Vegas

Safe transport

To the editor:

Joseph C. Strolin, the acting executive director for the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, is poorly educated about the transportation of nuclear material (Monday letter to the editor).

Tens of thousands of nuclear weapons (in which the nuclear material is surrounded with high explosives) have been transported by truck many tens of millions miles throughout the United States for 66 years. Yes, there have been truck accidents, but no nuclear material was ever released. These are measured data, not statistical estimates.

We need to hire a competent, unbiased scientist as executive director to advise the state of Nevada correctly on nuclear matters.

George P. Dix

Las Vegas

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