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No more Mr. Nice Guy, time to sue
by Andrew Barbano
Apr 10, 2011 | 627 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sisyphus was not a horny Greek god for whom a nasty disease was named.

He was an unfortunate dude who ticked off Zeus, who then damned him to roll a rock uphill forever. Every time he got close to the top, it would roll down forcing him to start over.

Kinda like Nevada trying to become an actual place to live rather than a superannuated boomtown mining camp with neon and indoor plumbing.

Today, the great unwashed suffer protest fatigue and the only thing endangered in Carson City is the Legislature’s front lawn. And maybe a few careers.

The right wing moonhowlers bay and bloviate that legislative Democrats haven’t presented an alternative to Gov. Sly Sandoval’s proposed assassination of Nevada education. Translation: Please give us something new to trash.

Republicano Sandoval, running hard to become the first Latino president —something he will have to do with no Latino votes — stands by his no new taxes pledge.

Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, has said the guv is as irrelevant this year as Gov. Jim the Dim was in 2009. Translation: Big Bad John thinks he’s got the necessary handful of GOP tax increase votes to survive Sly’s promised veto.

This is great theater, but now that baseball season is here, us poor peons have better things to do.

Let those clinging to the ledge do their thing. Let the corporate lobbyists make tons of money screwing the little guy. Even liberal Assemblymember Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas, has proposed a sales tax on services, the worst kind of tax for the least among us. Jesus of Nazareth, call your office.

So no more Mr. Nice Guy. Time to sue the bastards.

As regular readers are aware, for the last three years I’ve been beating the drum for what is known as an adequacy lawsuit against the state. On July 15, 2008, then-University Chancellor Jim Rogers published legal research showing that 27 other jurisdictions had been successfully busted for illegally underfunding education. That study will be available with the web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com. Additional references are linked to the Feb. 21, 2010, Barbwire titled “Suing for Schools,” also at my flagship website.

Better yet, states most likely to lose such legal action are those that have already done the research admitting guilt. Such a smoking gun was delivered in the form of an interim committee study submitted to the 2007 Legislature. Anybody who wants a copy, just lemme know.

The Nevada Constitution orders the ledge to adequately provide for a system of education. We have been in violation of the law for decades.

I have been building a coalition of groups now ready to make the old Fram Oil Filter threat: Pay me now or pay me later. Contact me if you want to join the fight.

Either the ledge will do it or we will do it for them. A federal judge has managed the western Nevada water system since 1944. Can a blackrobe do any worse running Nevada education than our governors and lawmakers have done for the past three decades?

It’s crunch time. Stay tuned.

Make my day


As you may have noted from the above, I’m spoiling for a fight. As I turned a corner while walking into Circus Circus for the March 31 César Chávez celebration, I was hit with a faceful of cigarette smoke. About 10 feet ahead of me walked a young family. Dad was pushing a baby carriage, mom was profusely puffing. I couldn’t control myself.

“You there! You’re endangering your baby. Put out that cigarette,” I shouted.

Dad immediately turned and told me to commit a sexual act impossible for normal male mammals, then repeated it several times while calling me a sick old man.

I was cool, told him he was on the way to dying a hard death “but don’t take the kid with you.”

He ended our conversation with several obscene gestures and I thought for a moment he was going to charge like a weak, skinny, bearded rhino. But he proved a coward for not defending his kid against his drug addicted wife.

Taking care of each other


My NAACP and Communications Workers union sister Patricia Gallimore asked to address the crowd on César Chávez Day.

Sofia Guadron, a member of our union, lost her son Luis Chinchilla, 19, a Sparks resident who died in his sleep on March 30. We passed the hat — an actual hat — at the event and raised $535 for the family. Anyone who would care to contribute may call Patricia at 775-746-9453. In her spare time, she chairs the Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Dinner Committee. You can call her for reservations or buy tickets at RenoSparksNAACP.org. The event happens on Saturday, May 14. Watch the website for details.

Rev. Onie Cooper


Reno-Sparks NAACP past president, died last week at 86. His memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m on Friday, April 15, at Reno’s Second Baptist Church, 1265 Montello St. Public viewing will be conducted from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at O’Brien Rogers Crosby, 600 W. Second Street in Reno. Please send personal remembrances to me for web posting.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 42-year Nevadan and editor of NevadaLabor.com. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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