Letters to the editor March 4 | NevadaAppeal.com

Letters to the editor March 4

Governor’s plan demeaning to teachers

Let me see if I understand Gov. Gibbons’ proposal to help fund teacher salaries by providing education gift certificates. There are to be tip jars located at DMV offices where Nevadans can contribute any loose change toward paying teacher salaries. That’s a dandy idea.

I can think of even more ideas to fund education. We could have teachers with collection buckets running down Carson Street during the Nevada Day Parade. Teachers also could be bell ringers with collection buckets during holidays outside local merchants. There is really no end to the possibilities of educators begging for their salaries.

As a matter of fact, why not put all state workers on a similar plan, including the governor. Think of the savings the state would have if all employee salaries were supplemented by tip jars. I definitely think he has hit on a true plan to lead us out of our economic woes.

Now all we need to do is find college-educated professionals who are willing to work for a salary that is partly based on the whim of the public, and hope that everything works out.

Could there be a more demeaning way to indicate to teachers that they really aren’t worth more than what can be raised from a collection jar?

I think the idea – of those who can pay more should do so – is a good one. I believe it’s called taxation.

Karen Scott

Carson City

An idea for lowering

health care costs

For health care reform to work it must be state-run, the health care employees must be state workers, the insurance industry must be taken out of the loop and malpractice insurance must be replaced with the state’s comp system. Physicians still would be required to pay a form of malpractice insurance, but to the state comp system at a fraction – 25 percent – of what they used to pay.

Each state needs to start by creating a state-funded health care system – dental and nonprofit pharmaceutical program included – for city, county and state employees and their dependents, and for their elected officials and their dependents. Our federal government then assists states with this endeavor by funding the building of state-run medical and dental facilities and equipping them with the latest of technology.

Once these nonprofit facilities are on line, then the money once used to purchase health care insurance for city, county and state employees, elected officials and dependents would be used for the operating costs of the new system. Then, once the system had grown enough to accommodate more patients, we would start shifting Medicaid and Medicare funds, as well as patients, its way, saving the American taxpayer a fortune. A fortune that can be used to help pay down our national debt.

This process may take as long as 20 years or longer to complete, but it will achieve what neither party could with their ideas.

James R. Parker

Carson City

What can she do about junky neighbor?

Regarding the gentleman with the banner about his neighbor’s unkempt property, I totally agree with you, sir. I would really like to know what the rules are for maintaining properties in Carson City. I own property in a cul-de-sac in Carson, and for years, it was a nice well-maintained street. I’ve lived on this same street since 1983.

Then one neighbor sold his property and the new owner has done nothing for three years. He let all the plants and grass just die away, including trees. All six owners on this street sent complaints to the proper city department to no avail. The new owner uses it for dumping his trash or having garage sales, and what junk isn’t sold remains in the driveway. It now looks like a dump. I really would appreciate someone directing me to the department holding the rules. Thank you.

Patty Noll

Carson City

State government chockablock in committees

Much is being made about the dire financial condition of our state. Something that is never mentioned where state government is concerned is the number and function of ongoing state committees. Go to NV.gov on your computer, then do a search for committees and you will come up with more than 1,400 hits. Scan through the list, and you will be amazed at the number of different committees, agendas and meetings, some public and some not.

My point to all this is, how are these committees funded? What is the total cost to the state? What is their function and what kind of authority do they have? What kind of oversight do they have? Do these committees arbitrarily make laws and regulations outside the legislative process? Do these committees have arbitrary control over standing state boards? Who appoints these committees and what are the qualifications for members?

I am not sure that I will get answers to these questions, but felt the issues should be raised.

Donald Qualls

Carson City