A bleak vision of tourism in Ghost Town Today
Tourism, that wonderful industry that brings throngs of folks from all over the world to throw their hard-earned bucks on our many gaming tables, only to walk away thinking that they should have placed that bet on the other number instead.
Keep RTC Access accessible to the local disabled
It’s so easy to wallow in self-pity. Heck, it can even be fun temporarily. You gain the sympathy of your family or peers, finding some piece of solace when they say, “It’s OK, things will get better.” You revel when expectations laid upon you are made lax in a tough situation. In reality, though, it’s not very helpful or practical in everyday life, especially when it comes to driving. In fall 2007, I spent far too many trips on a Regional Tran...
St. Paul, sex and politics
The big news this past week may have been all about President Obama, but it only started that way. By Saturday, sex had trumped politics. Always has, always will. The New York Times on Wednesday reported on the upcoming criminal trial of a Wisconsin couple who let their 11 year-old daughter die a horrible death from complications due to untreated juvenile diabetes. (More below.) Thursday brought the 36th anniversary of the publication of Justi...
Hefty Nevada tax increases essential
Wanted: a Nevada politician with the courage to tell voters that taxes must be raised steeply and why. The state can no longer bumble along with nickel-and-diming while rending the social fabric. For years Nevada boasted that it had no corporate, individual, inheritance and gift taxes. It is this free-lunch mentality that rightly enrages education Chancellor Jim Rogers. (Rogers has become a common scold but he is so often so right.) In a recen...
Traveling down the long road to equality
In 1857 the U.S. Supreme Court held that a slave did not become free when taken into a free state. This was the infamous Dred Scott decision that was decided by a 7-2 vote. This decision further pushed us to Civil War. On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves and effectively abolishing slavery in the United States. But as a result of the anti-literacy laws for slaves adopted in the 183...
Prepare for the financial future: Read the rings on the tub
As our state Legislature is getting revved up to go into Operation Cut-the-Budget-to-Smithereens, along with many other state Legislatures, a thought comes to mind that I feel compelled to share by offering my two cents worth to the fray. I might as well chime in along with all the other “experts” along the bloody trail of slashed budgets. Many municipalities conduct exercises throughout the year, doing joint operation drills with the various ...
Gibbons passes the buck for flat tax on teachers
In any social state such as Nevada, we share the wealth and should share the burdens. The state distributes, allocates and appropriates our wealth (taxes) to local government and service agencies. It’s only rational that as our collective wealth dwindles, our individual burden of creating new revenue increases. That sounds logical to everyone except Gov. Jim Gibbons. Our obstinate Republican governor made a promise two years ago that he would ...
Bush reign tarnished America
The shoe-thrower in Baghdad provided a metaphor for the unmitigated disaster of the eight-year monarchy of G.W. Bush. The toss illustrated the utter contempt for Bush, the worst president in U.S. history. Bush leaves the White House with a deep moral stain that includes torture, kidnapping for torture abroad, Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo. He disgraced the presidency. He left America at its all-time low in world prestige and all-time high in domes...
Who is in charge of the budget?
Well, we are going to have another state budget shortfall of $1 billion. How can that happen? Whoever does budget projections for Nevada should be fired. It is OK to be off by a little bit but not by a billion. One definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect different results. That is what our Legislature is doing. Our revenue system is broken but no one seems to want to fix it. Our legislators all just hope that gaming r...
Shine of Oscars wears off with reality, celebrities
The Golden Globe awards were given out Sunday. This award ceremony often is a precursor as to how the Academy Awards ceremony might shake out and which movies will gather an Oscar. If one can wade through all the glitter and glitz and actually get down to the essence of what these award ceremonies are all about, it would really surprise the average moviegoer. These awards are nice on the surface as we outsiders think of them as a way the indus...
Burris: unqualified, incompetent racist?
The process of replacing President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate has become a classic lesson in political power, incompetence and racism. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced his appointment of Mr. Roland Burris to fill the seat vacated by Obama, a decision that has been challenged by the state of Illinois, the U.S. Senate and, more noticeably, our own Sen. Harry Reid. Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges and impeached las...