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September 21, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Legislature enables all of our problems

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J. Patrick Coolican is exactly right in his column about the lack of controls regarding long-hauling by taxicabs and the inability of anyone, including our Legislature, to put an end to this practice. The problem is well-documented, as are the solutions. There is no will by anyone in authority to take this to a logical resolution.

Unfortunately, many forms of “long hauling” take place in the Legislature day in and day out. The absurdity of some legislative proposals far exceeds a fiction writer’s imagination. Until the state comes to grips with having legislators meet every year and paying salaries that will actually attract many more highly qualified and well-educated people, we are stuck with too many extremists and those too easily influenced by lobbyists.

It is time to tell the Band-Aid brigade in Carson City to get their act together and make some visionary changes, not more of the same. We are not the wild, wild West anymore.

However, we are now well on our way toward challenging Mississippi as the premier state bottom-feeding champion. Is that change in the air I smell or is it just another lobbyist with deep pockets?

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  1. Laws can't legislate peoples' behavior. Let's assume that the letter writer has his way and Nevada passes a law preventing cabbies from charging long haul fares. Who on God's green earth is going to enforce it and how?

    If you're overcharged, ask the cabby. If you don't get a reasonable and satisfactory response, take it up with cab company bosses. No need to pass a law.

    Carmine D

  2. CarmineD

    So what's your argument here? If "laws can't legislate peoples' behavior" should we just not have any laws? Or, should we just have laws that no one breaks?

    Or should we continue to have laws that may not eliminate but establish consequences for unacceptible behavior?

  3. A very good letter Mr. Rychtarik, but stupidity isn't exclusive to the state level. For example products used by fast food chains, which are proven unhealthy choices, are subsidized. When it comes to senior citizens and meals on wheels or programs to aid hungry children the government turns a blind eye in this sequestration process.

    It seems most politicians have their priorities bassackwards, except if it affects them directly, such as the control tower furloughs. Boy it didn't take long to ram that bill through, did it?

  4. Yeah, let's all pile on the lowly cab driver. After all, he/she is making a fortune working 12 hour shifts with no overtime pay, no minimum wage and stress like you wouldn't believe coming from all sides: the public, the authorities, the owners and, worst of all, the criminals who rob, assault and even murder them. This is not meant to condone cheating or gouging, but let's put it in prospective. I don't see editorials castigating the hotels, where on Wednesday rooms rates are 50 bucks and Friday they escalate to 400 bucks. Or legislators up in arms when casinos lower the payouts on reel or video poker machines or blackjack. Or when restaurants refuse to honor their coupons on Holiday's or when big conventions arrive in town. Apparently, the lowly cab driver's lobby isn't strong enough and they don't have big enough PAC's or spend enough on advertising to make newspaper editors and grubby politicians look the other way as they do while the hotel's & casino's screw the public. And, shame on all you lefties, who claim to be for the "little guy," for swallowing verbatim the apcray puked out by the Sun, R/J & politcos!

  5. Back in 2003, while on a business trip across the USA and returning home to Northern Nevada through bad weather and misconnected flights, I had my first and last experience with a Las Vegas airport cab long-hauling me across town. Back then, there were no consumer signs posted directing a passenger where to report in such instances, if memory serves me right. New to Nevada, I did not know anyone here in Las Vegas for help.

    The experience left a bad taste in my mouth towards predator airport cabs here in Las Vegas. When a relative or friend needs a ride to/from the airport since and now, I am more than happy to lend them a ride (even if it is a 500 mile round trip on the road), rather than see them victimized by long-hauling cab drivers.

    So much for trusting the cab agency policing itself. Our trusted politicians only seem to act when they are directly affected, as Commenter Vernos Branco pointed out. Most of us would agree with that statement.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  6. For Commenter Jerry Fink: You are right, we should take care in our condemnations, lest we say ALL cab drivers, or ALL workers in a particular industry are dishonest and corrupt. We could only hope that there are only a few "bad apples" rather than the "whole group" doing the wrong.

    It is safe to say that most folks who HAVE to work for a living, do their best to do so honestly, each and every day, hoping to do only good, and harm none.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  7. "Until the state comes to grips with having legislators meet every year and paying salaries that will actually attract many more highly qualified and well-educated people, we are stuck with too many extremists and those too easily influenced by lobbyists.

    Rychtarik -- you're both wrong and confused. What you're describing is more suits executing the state's business. Look around you -- maintaining the status quo is what they do best, the result being the current mess. Legislators are the only direct representatives of We the people and are directly accountable to their constitutents, the Brooks fiasco notwithstanding.

    "So what's your argument here? If "laws can't legislate peoples' behavior" should we just not have any laws?"

    pisces -- you didn't think this one through. No law prevents anything, it only deals with the consequences. I suspect CarmineD was referring to profoundly stupid laws that attempt to legislate morality. Whatever one's view, every law passed is one more thing we're all commanded to do or not do, usually in derogation of our liberties.

    "I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs least'; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically." -- Henry David Thoreau 1849 "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience"

  8. Killer B:

    Thank you. Jim is upset because he actually believes passing laws solve all society's problems. If he were right, there would be no legal, justice and penal systems.

    Carmine D