Two stories, one bad message for valley health care

To the editor:

Two recent stories in the media should be of interest to Las Vegans.

The first, from the Review-Journal (“Welcome not what doctor ordered,” July 21), dealt with a doctor from Wisconsin who wanted to open a private practice in Las Vegas. Apparently he was well-qualified, had a good background and was in a needed field. But he ran into months of bureaucratic delay from the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners. The article implied that it was partially due to the competitive nature of our medical community.

On to the second story, this one the cover of a major weekly newsmagazine. It was an extensive report on America’s best hospitals. Facilities were ranked in 16 medical specialties, listing the best 50 in each.

Surprise — in all those 800 rankings, not one Las Vegas hospital was mentioned.

Could there be a connection between these two stories?

LARRY BARDELL

LAS VEGAS

No ambassador

To the editor:

I have lived in Las Vegas for more than 37 years. I have raised three children, five granddaughters and four great-grandchildren, plus, as a foster mother for more than 35 years, tended to over 150 of Nevada’s children.

Now Tom Morton, director of Clark County’s Department of Family Services, says, “If you really care about kids, you wouldn’t want to move here” (July 24 Review-Journal).

I know that Mr. Morton is fairly new to Las Vegas, but I am outraged over his statement. What does his statement say to all the people in Las Vegas who have for many years raised what we believe are great children, grandchildren and greats?

I believe Mr. Morton should be fired by the County Commission immediately. His time here has not done that much for the children in his care.

Perhaps someone who has more faith in this area would be a better choice.

PAULINE KENNEDY

LAS VEGAS

Judicial elections

To the editor:

I want to thank you for the great service your newspaper provides to the community with its Primary Election Voters Guide (July 27).

I opened mine this year only to be very dismayed at my choices for District Court. For 19 District Court “departments” holding elections, not including Family Court, there were 29 candidates. Does this mean I will be able to pick the 19 people I feel are best suited to be judge? Absolutely not. The system is rigged so that only vacant seats or those judges extremely vulnerable due to scandal have any reasonable choices.

It is time for the Legislature to fix this travesty. Using this election as an example, I should have been given a list of all candidates and been asked to pick my 19 choices for District Court.

ANDY SPURLOCK

LAS VEGAS

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