Letters for August 28, 2003

And why isn’t the sky yellow?
Re “Family outings” [RN&R, Cover, Aug. 14]:

Your puff piece on homosexual marriages and special section on gay pride failed to address the most important question of all.

If there were no other reason to oppose homophilia, why isn’t the mere fact that the push for it is coming from the same moronic liberals who made the 20th century the bloodiest century in recorded history sufficient by itself?

Bill Hamma

Plan for the future
Development was the topic in a recent High Desert Forum radio show. At one point, Brian Bahouth asked if automobile-orientated development was “not painting ourselves into a corner.” The same question could be asked about an inadequate public transportation system. Sierra Spirit may be a good idea. But will it go the same way as the almost-defunct Carson City bus service, the defunct Minden bus service, the shaky Fallon bus service or the now not-even-discussed Virginia City bus service?

Not only is tourism or area-wide transportation at stake here. Road construction on Locust Street caused a temporary rerouting of buses to Wells Avenue. This caused many people to wonder why Wells Avenue bus service had been discontinued in the first place.

A transportation system built on the automobile to the exclusion of everything else impacts everyone’s life in many negative ways. Why wait until the Truckee Meadows and the Washoe and Carson valleys become a major metropolitan area to do something about public transportation?

John D. Daniels

Guinn brings jobs to Nevada
Re “Duty to the people” [RN&R, Editorial, July 31]:

What a guy.

First the governor sticks us with an $836 million tax increase. Now, he wants to hire 1,800 new state employees. You know what that means? More bureaucrats to come up with more rules and regulations to make it harder to make a dollar—the very money taxpayers need to pay for the tax increase.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Bruce Feher
Las Vegas

Fiscal irresponsibility
President Bush has used up the $127 billion surplus left [to] him by Clinton. We now have a $455 billion deficit. Despite the fact that the Iraqis want us to leave, Bush is determined to hang on and provide Halliburton, Bechtel and their subsidiaries their profits and to steal Iraqi oil, at a cost to American taxpayers of $4 billion a month.

This money would be better spent rebuilding our school and health care systems, replacing the 2.7 million jobs lost by Bush and helping to clean up our dreadfully polluted air and water. Why are we tolerating this stupidity? Whenever they want to bully us into approving their maniacal obsession with plunder and conquest, the Bush cabal says “terrorist,” and we jump and capitulate. How much longer are we going to allow them to play to our fears and destroy our country? Americans need to wake up and understand how they are being manipulated before it’s too late.

Charles Prendergast
via e-mail

Kids are the future
Re “A new tax system” [RN&R, Letters, Aug. 14]:

Tom Troutman asks, “Is it fair that families with children pay less in taxes?” Does he not realize that a strong public education is vital to America’s well being? Strengthening the public schools requires that all Americans work together and provide support for our public school system. The students that we produce will be participants in all aspects of our community and society.

In Troutman’s ideal, private schools would be the norm and only for those whose parents could afford to pay. Thus causing an educational system that would be segregated by class, by creed and by color. His taxes as a non-parent are a worthwhile investment that pays in human capital, reducing poverty and increasing macro growth and development. He deals with the results everyday. Imagine the workforce being flooded with uneducated and illiterate adults whose parents didn’t have the means to pay for their education. How many will be qualified to handle his own personal finances, write his insurance policies and pay them, run his government and churches, or treat his illnesses? Jamil Salmi of the World Bank, in a report released at a meeting of education ministers in Tanzania, stated that “Tertiary education drives a country’s future … [It] can make the difference between a dynamic economy and a marginalized one.”

So the question is this, will Troutman continue to make more than this family with 11 children if the economic structure of our country were to further decline? We have a responsibility, not only to the children of this nation but to ourselves to support public education.

Michelle Beck
Sierra Council President, Nevada PTA

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