Politics as usual: Look who’s crying
The politics in Sparks hasn’t changed too much over the last 30 years, or has it? At one time, the Sparks City Council was centered around the coffee pot at John Ascuaga’s Nugget and few were elected without being ordained by John Ascuaga. Years back, during the campaigns for city council and the Washoe County Commission, the campaign signs grew from the grassroot seeds of democracy and they were quickly destroyed or mowed down by opponents an...
Slavery with a new courtside sheen
We have been enjoying the Sweet Sixteen that is brought to us by March Madness of the college playoffs in basketball. All that is well and good. There have been some great basketball games played and favored teams have won and lost. Untold millions of dollars have been wagered across the country in various venues for gambling. Well, this morning, it’s all over until next year, at least for the fans. As the various games were broadcast, from ti...
It’s only money
The carping over the unprecedented spending plans, as outlined in the president’s wish list budget, seems a bit harsh, coming as it does from the political vampires who spent us into a trillion-and-a-third national deficit in their eight years of rampant capitalism.
The merits of good education funding
About 85 percent of Nevada’s state budget goes to fund education within our state. Yet, when it comes to the actual funding, it is usually the last budgetary item to be funded. Go figure. When I pay the bills, I pay the largest one first, or close to it. I have never been able to understand why this situation exists with our state’s funding. It’s probably also why our state is near the bottom in state funding for education in general. The stat...
I have no friends, only enemies
In politics I have no friends; that way I know who my enemies are. Sparks Assemblyman Bernie Anderson is considered by some as a political friend but he should be taken off of any enemy list you might have him on. Recently, he apologized to the people in his district for supporting the concept of sales tax anticipated revenue (STAR) bonds. Sparks has used STAR bonds for economic development in the 140-acre Legends at Sparks Marina area. The ST...
The bigger they are, the harder they fall
Once again, two of the major car companies are in the news. General Motors and Chrysler may not get any more federal money if they can’t show how they will make a profit. They shouldn’t have gotten any federal money at all. I just don’t buy the argument that if these industry giants collapse, so does our economy. That theory is insulting to the concept of American ingenuity. There are numerous possibilities for other companies to rise up out o...
Jerry Claborn: champion of the sportsmen
In the finest Nevada tradition of great Democratic U.S. Senators Key Pittman and Patrick McCarran, some Democrats still pride themselves on looking out for Roosevelt’s “forgotten man,” the ordinary working citizen.