The Mesquite Weekly in keeping with devoting this space to veritable interests is hereby presenting the MW “Artful Things” pages. This section will cover a variety of topics and interest on subject matters that include music, literature, sports, hiking, photography and travel.
The Artful Things section kicks off its first edition with Rising Sports Stars and a pre-election must read book review.
Have you ever questioned any candidate (state, federal or local) on the issues that are of concern to you the voter? Do they reply to your email? Do they reply to your voice mails? Do they respond to you when you participate in “online” chat sessions?
Have noted that when the lead line in an email from the candidate appears to be an attempt by the candidate to engage in a conversation with you the voter, the dialog abruptly ends and goes no further than a donate button on the bottom line (a link to PayPal is often the end result)?
Have you ever wondered and ask yourself “are they after my vote or just my donation(s)”?
The candidates are very busy trying to get elected and often seem to be somewhat nonresponsive. They also seem to be unsure about many issues and tackling these questions by having their campaign managers reply on their behalf and that also seems as if they would rather not reply either.
The Mesquite Weekly would like to assist the voters and the candidates to work together. We will therefore take your questions and comments on your behalf and compile the questions and comments and forward them to the candidates for their responses and comments before November 1, 2018. We will then publish the answers by topic as well as the responses by the candidates.
The candidates are:
City of Mesquite
Sandra Ramaker – Mesquite City Council Seat 1
Geno Withelder – Mesquite City Council Seat 1
Dave Ballweg – Mesquite City Council Seat 3
George Gault – Mesquite City Council Seat 3
Annie Black – Mesquite City Council Seat 4
Karen Fielding – Mesquite City Council Seat 4
State of Nevada
Ryan Bundy – Governor
Adam Laxalt – Governor
Steve Sisolak – Governor
Aaron Ford – Attorney General
Wesley Duncan -Attorney General
Chris Edwards – Assembly District 19 and Joe Hardy – State Senate District 12 are the incumbents and they both do not have any serious challengers, however they were responsive in the past and we believe that they will continue to be responsive to your questions.
U.S. Senate and U.S. Congressional District 4
Dean Heller – U.S. Senate
Jackie Rosen – U.S. Senate
Cresent Hardy – Congressional District 4
Steven Horsford – Congressional District 4
The supposition that all superstitions enjoy a commonality that compels all men to follow its proposed “Golden Rules”, while on its face very appealing, an in depth look finds otherwise. From a historical perspective and usually when subjected to any kind of duress, these golden rules are immediately tossed in pursuit of self-interests and the disadvantages thereby imposed on those less likely to be able to vigorously defend their ground or position. In recent times men have sought to make rules and have proclaimed them as laws that are forged through consensus and not through some mythical or mystical ordination.
Laws that serve everyone equally are continually questioned and refined to meet the ever-increasing scrutiny and demands of all that they serve. Laws that are cast in stone and proclaimed as inviolate are a violation of the principles that simply state that laws need to be continually evaluated to assure that these laws do indeed continue to meet our evolving humanity and cultural quest to improve our understanding of one another.
On Saturday April 22, 2017, many within the Southwest regions celebrated Earth Day by enjoying the areas national and state parks and basking in some of the finest weather we have to offer. Many also felt a need to demonstrate and speak about the value that science brings to our lives and took to the streets all over the world including Las Vegas and St. George, Utah. Erin O’Brien a biology professor at Dixie State University organized a March for Science traversing the St. George Ancestor Square and downtown Park areas. The march was attended by some two hundred participants and observers.
A dear friend of mine suggested that writing an article and/or commenting on a particular article in The Mesquite Weekly is not quite everything that deserves a good howl at the moon. We need a space to simply let our emotional rollercoaster take its ride. Up and down and loop around. Wherever it wants to go to get to here and there and everywhere and even nowhere.
However, the editor and publisher have taken the position that the Mesquite Weekly will no longer be engaged in any emotional rides in this publication. In a world in chaos with social and cultural constructs built to respond with primitive and tribal instincts, rants and raves are not in our or anyone else’s best interest. We still content that censorship is not a consequence of our change in position, but an affirmation of engaging this publication in a dialog that employs reason and rational discourse in the pursuit of our common interest to be factual and truthful. Words are the primary conveyors of ideas. We cannot convey our ideas and thoughts when we cannot agree on the precise and agreed upon definitions of these conveyors. Words are important. Our ideas and thoughts must be expressed with a reasonable degree of accuracy to enable these expressions to be understood with a reasonable degree of accuracy.
We may hear the words, but not really grasp their meaning. After pursuing the “ridiculously unreasonable” and traveling down that path as a matter of habit and becoming comfortable or entrenched with such pursuit, the “absurd” as such, may no longer be within our sphere of comprehension and madness ensues. The events of March 2017 may eventually be described as “March Madness” (apologies to the NCAA tournament). Let me begin with one such occurrence of madness by presenting a news commentary by the Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano (the title alone speaks volumes of Napolitano’s creditability):
This is a short “how to” on always speaking the truth.
First rule: Never lie!
Second rule: Be sincere! (no snickering)
Third rule: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat and Repeat, Again and Again!
Those are the rules, they are simple and they are the only rules. We must return to our childhood and explore how we came to know and to speak the truth. Do you remember your first imaginary friend? Your older siblings and even the adults in the family would accuse you of fibbing about your friend. But you stuck to your guns and told them that you speak to, hear from and see your friend. You told them that you believed that as the truth.
As you attained what some call an “age of reason” your imaginary friend, one would assume took a back seat or wandered off into never-never land. Now just hold on a minute… NOT SO! You know better and you know that friend is still around. He may have changed a little (not a lot really) and you still speak to and hear from him (I would use a gender-neutral description but he does appear to be mostly male). He helps you with everyday truths and how to tell these truths without ever lying. Read more
The myths surrounding Obamacare range from death panels to covert communist (Russian?) activities. Paul Ryan talks about the “disaster” and the “pending doom” and gloom and the end of the world being caused by Obamacare. The repeal can be done with a stroke of a legislative pen, but the replace is a painful struggle. Apparently, there are millions that now understand that the more pressing challenge in their lives was not having insurance at all. Twenty million people have embraced the ACA and now will fight to keep it. Read more