Mormons and politics: The Great (Re)Awakening
With the passage of Proposition 8 in California being directly attributed to the involvement of the Mormon Church, (officially the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), the Mormons are getting lots of not always desired publicity.
Changing the guard
We all do the same, editing reality for our own ends. Unfortunately, we fall into patterns of habitual thinking, and we often fail to notice the changes in the surrounding circumstances.
Why nationalize grocery stores?
It’s easy to criticize Gov. Jim Gibbons for his budget, and with a down-and-diving-deeper economy, his realistic proposals are met with howls of protest; he is gutting “essential” government agencies.
War mongers for profit
Despite the best intentions of the “progressive” forces among America’s political elite, there is no evidence that the U.S. is going to beat its swords into plowshares any time soon.
The need for government stimulus
President Barack Obama’s stimulus package has gotten a lot of attention. It has brought back images of FDR and his spending proposals that helped get us out of the Great Depression. We need even more internal spending by our government to help get us out of our current financial crisis. Our unemployment rate is the highest in decades. If you added in those who are underemployed (working but not making enough to sustain themselves) we would be ...
The Festival City hustle
The powers that be, in all of their infinite wisdom, have decided to spend more than $100,000 to affect a new catch phrase for the city of Sparks. In addition, the process has included a change in the Victorian Avenue name as well as the name of the Sparks Marina. Maybe I’ve lived here too long, but Victorian Avenue was B Street originally. Then the median was bermed up, then torn down and the Victorian motif was adopted. Who cares what the co...
Time for a tourmark change
Sometimes politics is humorous. The latest attempt by Sparks' tourmark (Tourism and Marketing) committee to find a new theme for Sparks is downright hilarious. In an attempt to generate more tourists and market Sparks as a destination resort, the City Council approved $114,000 to hire Destination Development of Seattle to create a "new brand" for our rail city. The out of state consulting firm, using their limited creative skills, determined o...
Stimulus about power — not economics
Those of us still debating the economic merits of the New Deal, Franklin Roosevelt’s government-based economic rescue package, comparing it to the Obama “stimulus” have missed the point.