To the Editor,

UNLV Parking is ridiculous. Not only the parking situation, but parking enforcement!

We all know that UNLV has parking issues, and has for years. Our status as a large commuter school means many students drive back and forth to campus, and parking hasn’t kept up. However, I commend the university’s efforts to curb the problem; the construction of a new parking garage near the Thomas and Mack lot is a step in the right direction.

I comply with parking regulations; in fact, I ride my bike to school to avoid parking at all. However, this past spring break I drove to UNLV to use the gym every morning. I found that the entire Thomas and Mack parking lot (Black Lot) was closed off for maintenance. Add to this the demise of the Red Lot right in front of the gym, and there is no student parking within a half mile of the Student Wellness Center. There are, however, perhaps 50 staff parking spots directly south of the Red Lot. Seeing no other parking, I used these spots.

Given that it is spring break, student parking was closed, and I have a valid student permit, I assumed I would be safe from the over-diligent parking enforcement. I assumed wrong. Although at least half the lot was open, I was ticketed at 7:30am for using the only parking in view, which happens to be staff parking.

I  am appealing the citation, but nerve of our incredible Parking Enforcement team still amazes me.

Nathan Warner, 

Political Science Major


To the Editor, 

Leftists keep trying to tell us that the free market was the cause of the economic collapse; nothing could be further from the truth. And while many Republicans would applaud and blame Obama, a lot of them are suffering from short memory. Under whose administration was the TARP bill signed? Obama’s irresponsible fiscal policy is most assuredly making things exponentially worse, but he didn’t start it; Bush did. The free market is one of the greatest forces of prosperity the world has ever known, but the Bush administration was anything but laissez-faire. And while the partisan talking heads bicker, the real culprit slips quietly into the night and evades scrutiny. What is this malevolent fiend? It is our nation’s privately-owned central banking system, the Federal Reserve.

Since the Fed was created in 1913, the dollar has lost about 95% of its value: a stunning figure that shows just how badly the hidden tax of inflation has enslaved America. The Fed caused the Great Depression (Ben Bernanke once even admitted it publicly) just like it caused our current crisis. The free market does not cause mortgage crises and a crashing stock market, but the artificial tampering of interest rates and printing an endless supply of worthless paper money certainly does. Google “Fiat Empire” and you’ll learn what the media and government won’t tell you about the Fed.

A handful of economists from the Austrian school of thought (e.g., Peter Schiff) warned America about our current crisis for years in advance, all whilst the mainstream ‘expert’ economists played games as Rome burnt; now we’re paying the price. Suddenly the Constitution’s clear demand that only gold and silver be legal money in the U.S. — a provision which has not been repealed and thus is still law, though Congress keeps violating it — doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, eh?

Under the U.S. Code, almost none of what the Fed does it able to be audited by Congress. Congressman Ron Paul has introduced H.R. 1207 (the Senate version is S. 604) to repeal those restrictions and finally bring transparency to this beast. There is no honest reason to not support this bill, but plenty of dishonest reasons to do so. Call Congress and tell them that you demand to know what the Fed is doing with your money.

Nicholas Gausling,

History Major

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