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October 2, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Education is a community issue

Connie Mahida’s July 2 letter to the editor, “Selfishness is damaging Nevada,” complained that conservative selfishness is damaging Nevada. She, like numerous other liberals, talks while conservatives give.

Over the years, there have been numerous studies showing conservatives give more in charity, time, and even blood donations than liberals. One of these studies was written by Syracuse University professor Arthur Brooks: “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.” In his study, he states that people who reject the idea that “government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality” give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition.

Mahida’s concern is that conservative selfishness hurts children. For every dollar taxpayers send the Education Department, how much of that dollar is returned to the schools in our community? How much influence do you and your neighbors have in the education of local children?

Compare the influence you have with the federal government against the influence you would have if education was decided locally or even statewide.

I have never heard a childless couple complain about paying school taxes because they don’t have kids in school. I and others complain that dollars I earn pay for Washington D.C. bureaucrats to dine at five-star restaurants, therefore denying money to teachers and students.

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  1. Letter writer is correct. Liberals would like us to believe that they want Government to be compassionate and charitable. What they really want is Government in control of every aspect of our lives.

    Carmine D

  2. I do not respond to personal attacks from untrusted posters here. It's an exercise in futility. In 3 days they evaporate, if not sooner by the Moderator. I'll wait.

    Carmine D

  3. I'm with you Carmine....to paraphrase, anonymity is the last refuge of scoundrels. I note that discussions are every bit as intense on the trusted section but at a significantly more interesting intellectual level.

    Mr. Gatewood fails to disclose that Arthur Brooks definition of charitable giving was extremely expansive. While it certainly included food banks and such it also included mega-churches which engage in no "social" charity at all, donations of art work to museums and rare books to private collections. I'm not sure that arguments of equivalence can be made.

  4. Bob, the liberals learn to rhetoric from Senator Harry, all talk, no logic. Ask for accountability without mentioning adding $Billions and you're accused of being selfish... Ask most anything (while being of mixed race) and you're accused of bigotry.... Ask anything and you're accused. HOW ABOUT comprehending the issue and/or the question BEFORE ACCUSING?

  5. And do ya think the "conservatives" aren't onto the rhetoric game? Seems they let the liberals talk and talk and talk while they make changes and plans to deal with the media hype. So why is it that much of the media ignores the COMMON GOOD and any potential step that would move this nation back to solvency, liberty, justice?

  6. "I do not respond to personal attacks from untrusted posters here. It's an exercise in futility. In 3 days they evaporate, if not sooner by the Moderator. I'll wait" from CarmineD

    Wise decision. A band of untrusted ID's try to wear down conservative posters through "annoyance". I say ID's, not people, because the writing style of 4 or 5 ID's are very similar. Let these untrusted ID's create a bunch of posts that will eventually disappear in 72 hours anyway leaving just the trusted posts.

  7. As much as they will deny it, liberals want a poor underclass. They need an underclass. Why? It's the reason for their existence and political ideology. Without the poor and downtrodden to bolster them up, liberals become extinct and unneeded.

    Carmine D

  8. For proof, look at the DC Council and its anti-Wal*Mart bill. W*M was in the process and/or planned 6 new stores in economic impoverished areas of DC. This was a win-win for residents in DC. It's estimated that each store would create 2000 permanent jobs and the same number of temps for building construction. Not to mention the other businesses that likely would have come as a result of the W*M stores. What did the Liberal DC Council do? Vote for a living wage JUST for W*M employees of $12 for entry level. What will W*M and DC's mayor do? We'll see.

    Carmine D