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Mom wins award; attorney cuts needed; diversity fantasy
by Ira Hansen
May 10, 2008 | 755 views | 7 7 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mothers’s Day

Today being Mother’s Day, congratulations to my mother, Sharon Hansen, who raised eight children and now has 45 grandchildren – and still managed to fulfill her dream of being a nurse.

In fact, Saint Mary’s hospital selected her as their Lifetime Achievement Nursing Award recipient for 2008. Starting as a “candy striper” at age 12, my mother began her 30-year journey to become a nurse while raising her family of eight children. In 1962 she became an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) graduating as valedictorian from her class; in 1975 she became an RN (Registered Nurse) with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in nursing; in 1994 at the age of 50, with eight grandchildren, she graduated from the Orvis School of Nursing with her BSN (Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing) and was awarded the Senior Scholar Award as the top scholar from the College of Health and Human Sciences for that year. That’s 47 years in total of service to her family and the nursing field.

My mom has primarily dedicated her nursing to mothers and newborns serving as a founding member of the Certified Childbirth Educator’s Association of Northern Nevada in the 1980s; taught childbirth education classes for expectant parents at Saint Mary’s hospital for more than 20 years; has been published twice with articles in the “International Journal of Childbirth Education”; became an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1998; and is a founding member of the Home Visit Program at Saint Mary’s for Mothers and Infants (where she works presently).

The list is too long to highlight here all of the boards and committees she has served on, but suffice it to say my Mom’s contributions to the noble profession of nursing and more specifically to the well-being and health of mothers and infants is worthy of this much deserved honor. Great job, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

Sparks budget crisis

For the only time in my memory, the City of Sparks, squeezed into action by the housing bubble crash, has been laying off employees.

Tomorrow, the city is reportedly going to need to trim another roughly $1 million from its projected budget and further cuts are required.

These are always tough decisions. Having talked to many past and current city employees, the one branch all point to with excess layers is also one with the most expensive employees: the City Attorney’s Office. Several have noted attorneys, very highly paid, who have little or next to nothing to do; when hard cases come up, they often pass the difficulty on to private law firms (at even greater city expense), anyway. Plus, with the cutting of an attorney or two, a reduction in unnecessary secretarial staff will also be reasonable. Total savings to city: at least $300,000.

With an election cycle now in progress, trimming excess attorneys and their attendant staff seems much more politically palatable than cutting back on workers that actually provide real services to the people, like building inspectors or groundskeepers.

The city should also look into somehow recouping its costs for the various sexual lawsuits and settlements from the offending parties still employed in the City Attorney’s office. Every penny counts, including the $24,999 settlements intentionally slipped right under the City Council’s noses.

Orme is Awesome Gala

My editor wrote a very satirical piece last week, questioning why certain groups single their own kind out for exclusive praises and awards, i.e. Hispanic city workers in Sparks for example. For him, having been raised and educated in the fantasy white man-created world of “multiculturalism,” such noting of one’s race or ethnicity is taboo. We are supposed to ignore those things and instead praise accomplishments only and such openly racial praise seems a violation. He also noted “minority” groups are still battling for “equality.”

He has begun to see the light. The battle – and that is what it is – is not for equality but for supremacy. Who will make the laws, impose and divide up the taxes, pick judges and juries and run things? Only the foolish white race, currently comfortably in the driver’s seat, believe that “diversity” is a strength.

All the so-called minorities are in a fight to gain ascendancy, and, in areas where they largely have – California comes to mind – “white flight” is the result. That we can or will all live in some sort of Utopian society in a state of harmonious “diversity” is a fantasy indulged in by (nearly all white male) university professors.

History teaches a far different lesson, and as we look around the world today, the friction points everywhere are the clashes of diversity. Relatively harmonious nations – Japan come to mind – are also relatively homogenous. We are all slowly waking up to the reality of that. No other races except history-ignoring whites “celebrate diversity.”
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TimeforChange
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May 12, 2008
Friendofadams, you must be an attorney trying to twist the truth. The City Manager was not sleeping with his assistant causing problems in the office. It was Adams. He lied about it. I don't know how much it cost the city in private attorneys to defend that slimeball, but we don't need it anymore. If anyone has the guts to challenge him, his conduct will be the issue. According to the Trib., it was his conduct that lost his assistant city attorney David Creekman. Then all of the litigation went to a private law firm. Where does it stop? Since you obviously like dishonest government and the WORST city attorney in Sparks history, vote for him.
Friendofadams
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May 12, 2008
TimeforChange... do you always believe everything you read in the RGJ? A newspaper artical is that the proof you are handing out? Just like you I can say anything I so choose. I choose to tell the truth. The facts are that the complaint that cost the city $24,999 was filed against the city mamager and not Mr. Adams. Some people should listen to the city attorney and maybe the complaint would never have been filed. I think poorly of Mr. Carey to hang the blane on Mr. Adams. Mr. Carey needs to tell the truth in this matter. You know Mr. Carey the truth will set you free!
TimeforChange
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May 12, 2008
FriendofAdams you can continue to lie until the cows come home. So, it was the city manager who had an affair with the attorney in the office who ended it with Adams? The one who left for another job? Adams wouldn't speak with the investigator or lied to the investigator, I would have to read the RGJ article again. Adams lied to the City Council about his affair, the citizens of who you alledge he represents, until the picture of him and his ex-girlfriend was shown to him. Then he called a press confrence admiting he lied. I guess you think that is ok for a lawyer. Adams also had an affair with a secretary in the office that cost the city according to that article. Do you remember Adam's attempt at a secret council meeting in violation of the opening meeting law? He is so hated for being a very expensive liar that someone in city hall got wind of it and called the Attorney General. It seems that our esteemed city attorney does not even know the Open Meeting Law and had to be taken to the woodshed by the Attorney General. His incompetence almost got the city sued. Face it. Chet Adams is unfit to be an attorney let alone city attorney.
Friendofadams
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May 12, 2008
Time for Change...where is your proof? Show me the complaint that was brought against Adams. The complaint was brought against Mr. Carey and it was he who paid the woman off not Mr. Adams. It had nothing to do with Mr. Adams and you know it. Mr. Carey stepped over the line and he paid her off to make it go away.

I guess we will all see that it was not Adams creating a hostile work enviroment. The two parties involved are at blame.

Chet Adams is a great Attorney and has done wonderful things for the City of Sparks. He stood up for our right to vote for our City Attorney. Some people seen to forget he has more than one or two clients, he had over 80,000.
Time for Change
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May 12, 2008
FriendofAdams ignores the fact that it WAS THE CONDUCT OF THE CITY ATTORNEY, CHET ADAMS that caused the payout. As he has caused more than once. There is another VERY expensive lawsuit caused by the misconduct of city attorney Chet Adams creating a hostile work environment winding its way through the federal court. Chet Adams has lied to everyone. He is lying to you, the city council and the citizens he is supposed to represent. He should have taken the byout he was offered in 07. Now he will simply be out of a job. Everyone is sick of him and his misconduct. Except Friendofadams, of course.
Friendofadams
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May 11, 2008
Mr.Hansen should know by now that the $24,999 was a law suit against Mr. Carey and not Mr. Adams. Maybe you should check your facts Mr. Hansen before accusing someone of wrong doings.
THE OBSERVER
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May 11, 2008
Right on Ira! The City Attorney's Office has become an unnecessariy expensive department through the personal misconduct of the City Attorney himself and the incompetent legal advice given to the Council. Councilman Mayer once called for the City Attorney to pay back the City for what the City has had to pay out for him in sexual harassment settlements and the cost of the private lawyers to defend him. There is still at least one more suit pending. If the man had any decency, he would leave office now before he is voted out.
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