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The wondrous promise of ‘stimulus’

To the editor:

The same panderers who got us into this mess — who nailed us to the tune of $750 billion — came back for more last week and, selling us a story of impending disaster that no one can actually explain, spent another trillion dollars. Either we are an electorate of apathetic suckers, or there are more citizen leeches among us than we know.

More rigged social policy and bailouts; the alleged saving of jobs and home ownership and racial equality; “fair” standards of living; free health care; cooling of the planet; promises by our fabulous government that inspire us to social justice. How noble. Now we can all be the same and hail our great leaders regardless of our individual efforts, luck or intelligence. What a vibrant and exciting America we look forward to. It is all so historic and healing, and we all can’t wait to pay our “fair share.”

And all I want the esteemed custodians of my cash to do is just pay the bills on time. We must demand our political representatives balance budgets. Balanced budgets make politicians’ programs accountable, foreign policy choices focused and social policies measurable. Our economy and future generations cannot afford to be saddled with this debt. It’s dishonest, we all know it, and it has to stop.

The excuses politicians make not to balance budgets are the reason we’re in trouble today. Do not take no for an answer.

We do not need politicians who will promise us change without knowing how to pay for it.



Wrong priorities

To the editor:

Your Sunday editorial about large overtime payments to local school district employees — not teachers — included the comment that overtime pay for a couple of school police officers “nearly doubled their base salaries.”

My teaching salary, after the better part of a decade, is approximately $45,000 per year. So these men have base salaries that are … what, about 75 percent higher than mine as a teacher? That’s despite the fact that my contract requires that I work however many hours it takes, for no more money, and despite routinely working an average of about 20 hours per week beyond my contract time.

Wow, I wonder where these police officers went to college. Must have been a really good one. And I guess they must spend a lot more than I do on the continuing education required to keep their licenses — at their own expense.

Betty Buehler


Parental advisory

To the editor:

Wow, what a sad day it is when you sit down to read your local newspaper and you see articles and pictures that certainly don’t belong in a “family” newspaper sitting on the coffee table.

I’m referring to the article in the Feb. 8 Living section, “Company lures potential porn stars.”

I find it interesting that the article jumped to the page next to your R-Jeneration layout — a feature created for teens by teens.

What about the ad you run on occasion, suggesting that our newspaper be delivered to an area school (beginning with elementary) when we go on vacation?

I’m wondering who decides what ends up being printed in the newspaper. Do they consider elementary school children or teenagers?

Are you so lacking for things to write about? How about more articles on people helping people, or how to stay encouraged in these tough times, not how to sell your soul for $500 (and you only have to be 18).

Interestingly (or should I say embarrassingly) enough, we had a family birth announcement appear that day in that section of the Review-Journal. I was looking forward to saving the paper as a little remembrance of our joy. Um, on second thought, I think I’ll save only the page entitled “Celebrations” and drop the rest in a recycling bin.

And, by the way, I won’t send my paper to an area school when I go on vacation, either. There’s enough to be concerned about on television and surrounding billboards.



We’ll all pay for this

To the editor:

NVEnergy is a for-profit entity with investors. By stopping its coal power plant project in Ely, the company knows all too well that its rates are going to climb. It’s not going to lose any money by stopping the project. The consumer will feel the full pinch.

After time passes, there will be no relief, because building a power plant takes a couple of years. They have to develop the plant and arrange the transport of coal, or whatever fuel source will operate the plant.

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, who was instrumental in making sure the project was stopped, does not represent my views, nor my values. All that he has said or done is only putting us all in a deeper, darker economic hole.

Charlie Michael


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