Send in the clowns
One of America’s shortcomings in governance has, historically and currently, been our lack of any officially sanctioned sense of humor.
Vote: It’s your right and it’s payback for all the ads
Today is Election Day and hopefully you haven’t voted before reading this column as I feel it is very inspiring to have read it before casting your ballot. As you probably all know, or at least ought to know, our forefathers declared our independence from the rule of the king of England on July 4, 1776. Thus, we celebrate July 4th with fried chicken and fireworks — right? Right. But what you might not know, or at least have probably not though...
Politics: Today is Tomorrow’s Yesterday
In space and time, today is only tomorrow’s yesterday. In politics and the reality of life, today’s election is tomorrow’s hope for the survival of yesterday’s democracy. During the past few months we’ve witnessed the ugly reality of democracy. The politics of our democracy isn’t a process of electing intelligent, bright and honest representatives capable of sincere debate, clear-cut goals, collective compromise and solutions to our mundane go...
Exercising my right not to vote
Some of the Andean cultures inhabiting the rural mountainous regions of Peru have a unique way of voting. Ballots are cast by painting the name of the favored candidate on the outside walls of mud-brick homes so election officials can simply drive past and tally votes without ever stopping their car. I first learned this when I traveled to the famed Inca ruins of Machu Picchu more than 10 years ago. At that time, a rigged election had left the...
Letter: Sen. Reid's condo
Angle's newest form of attack is that Senator Reid lives in a million dollar Condo in Washington D.C. What is her point? Anyone who owns have a condo with more than one room, close to the Capitol, with security and room for meetings with staff, and room to entertain, all of which is needed by the majority leader, you are lucky if you can find one for under $5 million in Washington D.C. I would say that Senator Reid has a very good real estate ...
The luckiest man in Nevada
Thanks to its long history of legalized gambling and open-pit gold mining, there is no shortage of candidates for the distinction of being the luckiest man in Nevada.
Despite the hyper hype surrounding Tuesday’s election, the reality of things is not going to change much from the current political plight.
Reid ‘mans-up,’ Angle belly up
A week from today, the seeds of democracy will sow a new crop of political leaders both locally and nationally. The results will be disappointing to some and will energize others. The defeated candidates will remove their yard signs, say they really didn’t think they could win in the first place and return to their normal routines in life. The winners will reap the harvest of a victory that will change their lives, have a direct effect on the ...
The horrors of election season
I think we’ve all just about reached critical mass and moved on to the meltdown point when it comes to political ads on television. Just as we’ve reached this plateau in the political season the politicos are assaulting our mailboxes with campaign flyers to further brain wash us into voting for their candidate. The circular file was designed specifically to handle things like excessive political flyers and other totally nonessential mail items...
How did you celebrate Banned Books Week?
I did not grow up in what I would label as an era of censorship. The Walmart “listen to this music at risk of satanic possession” warning labels came along after I was already presumably possessed by New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson and Madonna. As for books, I never had the indignation bestowed upon me of being told what I was and was not allowed to read. These were words, after all, not knives or rattlesnakes. In fact, such a vicious att...
The battle for votes continues
I thought I’d written the final installment of the Immigration Chronicles in the U.S. Senate race before the November election, but I guess I should have known better.