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October 23, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

McCarran legacy worth forgetting

As a 40-year Las Vegas resident, I take pride in my city. But it’s difficult for me to justify to visitors why our airport is named for an undeniably bigoted senator, who ruined many innocent lives by the laws he initiated.

The pork barrel projects Sen. Pat McCarran brought to Nevada are not sufficient justifications for honoring this anti-Semitic, anti-gay and anti-immigrant Nevadan.

Many current Las Vegas residents are unfamiliar with McCarran. I am old enough to remember how friends and members of my family suffered because of the immigration policies he authored as a senator.

In 1994, the Cannon International Airport in Reno removed the name of the esteemed Sen. Howard Cannon and renamed it Reno-Tahoe International Airport. No significant cost to Reno was incurred. Similarly, the cost of changing the Las Vegas airport name will be minimal compared to the value of the resulting enhancement of the Las Vegas image.

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  1. Speaking to the principle, no one needs to see a building or airport name for Joe McCarthy to remember all that was wrong with him. The same can be said for McCarran so long as history is being taught in the schools.

  2. Lipman and his daughter, Lori Lipman Brown, are far left kooks and Lipman won't be satisfied until the name of Las Vegas is changed to Ho Chi Min City, Havana or Moscow. I'm sure he uses a flashlight to look under his bed every night for "Conservatives" who oppose his agenda of turning this country into a "Workers Paradise." Changing the name of McCarran is not a political issue; it's an economic one. But Lipman, as is his leftist style, has to drag it down into the mud by making it a "left-right" partisan issue. Get a life, Lipman!

  3. McCarren voted against Taft-Hartley and for that reason the airport should be forever named for him.

  4. It does not appear that tourists around the world are having any difficulty arriving in Las Vegas because our airport is called McCarren International airport.Besides all that nobody does a history check on Sen McCarren,they just come here and have fun.

  5. How about Neil Armstrong International airport ?