Nevada’s handouts to billionaires
It’s amazing that Nevada legislators can bow and scrape and give hundreds of millions of dollars to sports teams, giant corporations and Hollywood (RN&R, June 2023) while ignoring the needs of the people of Nevada. There is no trickle-down! Billionaires’ money stays in their pockets while Nevadans scrape by on minimum wages and send their kids to some of the worst-rated school systems in the country. Voters should demand that candidates pledge to never give billionaires handouts if they are elected to office. (Lawmakers) should put their constituents’ needs first, not making obscenely rich people even richer.
— Casey Cummings, Sparks
It is quite a sight to see how the professional sports industry can shake its magic wand and send a wobbling state legislature into special session. There, duly elected representatives are called to consider a 9-digit proposal for a new baseball stadium, because Las Vegans, you see, need more fun things to do.
The good news is, the proposed new stadium, if built, will likely stand forever as a monument to Nevada’s once sturdy existence, like the Coliseum in Rome, even long after American civilization implodes from too much emphasis on sport, and too little emphasis on the health, education, and welfare of its own citizens.
— Kimball Shinkoskey, Woods Cross, Utah
Reno investment fund bankruptcy
Great article on Hughes Private Capital (RN&R, June 2023). We are a small contractor here in St Louis, Missouri that worked on some of the homes and they have left almost every contractor here unpaid. Extremely sad to see what they are doing to families and small business. — Connor M., Saint Louis, Mo.
I am one of the investors who is probably wiped out after putting my savings into Hughes Private Capital’s funds. When a friend told me about the return (rate) of the funds, I thought it was too good to be true. She kept getting dividends, so I compared it with the minuscule interest I was getting from “safe” investments and put some money into a real estate fund. As the months passed I got returns and put more into it. It’s probably all gone now. It was too good to be true.
– Linda K., Reno
Stop gun violence: ban guns
Gun violence can be stopped by getting rid of guns (RN&R, June 2023). Gun programs on TV should be eliminated too. They are so detailed; they show you how to kill. How to Get Away With Murder, (is) a TV program.
Australia hasn’t any guns. Trump made guns a demand for everyone and with Trump has come repeated mass murders. Get rid of Trump and deranged people like him.
Bring back the pay phones (RN&R, June 2023). Not all of us want cell phones. When life’s too easy, shit happens.
Hard working people are the real people, not pencil pushers. I’ll keep company with the hard workers any day.
— Helen H., Reno
I care about guns in schools and bullets hitting kids and teachers. The MAGA nonsense about gender bathrooms, drag queen story hour and hiding American history from students are distractions from the actual problem: military rifles in the hands of lunatics. Ban assault weapons now!
– Tim Barnum, Truckee, CA