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We need helpful solutions, not childish games
by Larry Wilson
Aug 16, 2010 | 3591 views | 5 5 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We’ve endured several months of what amounts to an expensive rash of almost infantile playground bickerings and non-stop sound bytes that could best be compared to a continuous round of “I know you are, but what am I?”

That being said, when are we going to get on with the real campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Harry Reid and sought by challenger Sharron Angle, lest we all forget what all the haggling has been for up to now?

I, for one, would like to know what each candidate offers to pursue as solutions to our country’s problems, as they are perceived by each of the candidates. Some problems that readily come to mind that affect the country, and more specifically Nevada, are unemployment, home foreclosures and immigration. Granted, there are many more but those will do for a start.

Developing solutions to those problems and then convincing the voters of the viability of their solutions should further fill the pocketbooks of the media advertisers and spin doctors for at least the next few days.

Additionally, those solutions will give face time opportunities to both candidates that can’t even be bought. It will be a gold mine for all the pundits or experts that cling to these political campaigns like the remora fish that attach themselves like leeches to sharks, hoping for edible tidbits from the shark’s ravaging to sustain themselves.

In one of Angle’s ads, she says, “We, the people, are the solution.”

I don’t have a quiver full of solutions in my closet and heaven knows, Congress would hardly let me in the front door of its chambers much less propose any problem-solving legislation or cast a vote for anyone else’s proposal for a solution. I don’t think Angle had in mind that we would all en masse go to Congress and, in doing so, solve the problems she asserts in her ads. Or does she? Maybe she doesn’t understand what the words “representative government” mean.

Reid, on the other hand, is in the driver’s seat big time when it comes to his power in the Senate. He can propose, shepherd and direct votes on all kinds of problem-solving measures. To pass any kind of measure, both Reid and Angle will have to get the other side to agree and compromise on any issue in order to get that measure passed and then hopefully signed by the president.

If Angle were to win Reid’s seat, her first senatorial act would to be fitted with a huge nose ring and a short leash with which to be led through the legislative process by the Republican hierarchy.

When Reid wins his re-election, he’ll sharpen his pencil and diligently get down to work on all that matters dearly to his beloved state of Nevada. “We the people” can help Reid solve these problems but we all have to vote for him first.

Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at
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August 18, 2010
Sorry Larry, But Obuma Reid and Pelosi, Must go.We the people have had it with there lie's,Back door dill's There not listening to the people.They are killing this country and we the people want are country back.

August 18, 2010
Nevada should have someone in the senate that listens to its people.

Sharen Angel will listen to the people of Nevada.First. Not Pelosi

Reid has been in there way to long and done way to little for Nevada.

I will never vote for any Reid, Just as hes son does not use his last name.

Reid is spending 25 mil and it's all lie's

One more thing I cant stand to see Reid and Pelosi in the same pic anymore. Just makes me sick
August 18, 2010
Sounds like Mr. Wilson is drinking again.
August 18, 2010
Give me a brake, Power man Reid, Has not done anything for the State of Nevada.

Just look at are unemployment rate the highest in the country.

The people of NV said we dont want this government healthcare, Reid did not listen to the people.Why did we not get free health care like reid did for other states

The country has no money and Reid spends and spends

Reid has made the people of NV look like a joke to the rest of the country.

We need to dump reid to save this country
August 18, 2010
FINALLY Someone with some common sense. Thank you for the piece! I agree whole heartidly. I understand Reid is not a sain by any means, but why oust him when we FINALLY have someone in Congress that has a little bit of power? Again, thank you for your wise words
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