Tougher seat belt law invites abuse

To the editor:

The Nevada Legislature is considering a bill that would allow law enforcement officers to pull over Nevada motorists simply because they think the driver may not be wearing a seat belt. There was emotional testimony from several people who pleaded with lawmakers to pass this bill due in part to the deaths of family members and friends. I feel extremely sorry for their loss.

However, if a law is passed to allow a law enforcement officer to pull us over simply because of what he believes instead of what he sees, then the citizens of Nevada are in serious trouble.

What next? Will they be able to pull us over because they “think” we might have been speeding yesterday or ran a red light last week? Allowing an officer to pull us over on nothing more than a thought is against everything we as a free people stand for. I understand this type of power has worked really well in China and North Korea.

This will lead to abuse of power, pure and simple. If you don’t believe that, you are living in fantasy land. We have just recently read in this very newspaper of abuse of power by those who were operating within set laws and still decided to break those very laws for their personal benefit. Do we need to open the door for further abuse of power simply because of what one officer thinks?

I’m not saying that all officers would do this, but we all know if the door is open, there are those who would walk through the door just because they could, and that is where the problem lies. I see no need to allow anyone to be pulled over on a whim.

There are already laws on the books here in Nevada that state we have to wear seat belts. Police can cite us for not wearing a seat belt if we were lawfully stopped for another reason. I really can’t believe our elected officials would even consider a law so ripe for abuse — unless it’s part of a larger agenda.

Daniel Johnston


Party stooge

To the editor:

Monday’s Review-Journal report on Nevada’s per-person portion of the stimulus package is reality; we are close to the bottom of the list of states.

We have one of the hardest-hit economies in the United States and maybe the worst housing market.

Harry Reid is not only our senior U.S. senator, but the majority leader. It appears that Sen. Reid doesn’t represent his constituents or the people of the United States, but just the interests of the Democratic Party. When President Obama noted his concerns about companies having meetings here (which caused several to cancel, costing us jobs) Sen. Reid stood mute. He is nothing but a Democratic stooge — and not a very good one at that.

Harvey Goldstein


It’s only your money

To the editor:

In response to your Friday report, “Biologists worry about sharp drop in numbers of Moapa dace”:

I fail to see the relevance in the extraordinary effort the Southern Nevada Water Authority has expended to protect and save a 2-inch fish.

The taxpayers need to know that the efforts to protect and save this fish include the purchase of the 1,154-acre Warm Springs Ranch for nearly $70 million in March 2007.

Isn’t it natural for some animals and plants to go extinct?

Pat Russell


Revoke another license

To the editor:

In response to your Saturday article, “Desai ordered to undergo an exam”:

If Dr. Dipak Desai is still so incapacitated by a July stroke — the reason medical malpractice actions against him have been delayed — has his driver’s license been suspended? If he is unable to identify a wristwatch, how could he be expected to identify a stop light, or even a pedestrian?

Frank Maas


No justice

To the editor:

Your Friday article about attorney Douglas Crawford (“Supreme Court suspends attorney”) showed that an attorney can steal almost $400,000 from clients in Nevada and not be disbarred. That is truly a disgrace upon the Nevada Supreme Court.

Even more surprising was that the article did not mention any criminal charges against Crawford. That an attorney can steal that much and not face criminal charges should outrage good citizens.

Alan S. Carmer


Inspiring story

To the editor:

Tim Dahlberg’s Monday Sports column about the incredible acts of sportsmanship during the basketball game between DeKalb, Ill., High School and Milwaukee Madison High School is the reason I read the newspaper every day. Once in a while, we get a really good one.

Those young athletes are the people I want to see as our future.

Jo Ann Richard


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