Letters for November 20, 2014
I am sorry, but I really have to say that I can’t stand most of the Californians that relocate here. What seems to happen is that, just like in California, and I grew up a native of Los Angeles, we were swamped with people. In fact, at one time, we had over 200,000 per month relocating to LA, and it really pissed me off. Trouble was, they wanted to be hippies, but they didn’t leave their bad habits at the border and proceeded to screw the state up so bad that the natives had to leave. This is what’s happening here. They don’t leave their stinking bad habits at the border and now we have gay parades, more drugs, more crime, housing costs have gone through the roof. It all stinks. Reno used to be a place with strong family values, not anymore.
But somebody voted
Elections? In “Home Means Nevada” Washoe County, 113,000 so-called voters—all gussied up and registered—don’t give a flyin’ burrito about democracy. City offices, county offices, district offices, federal offices, statewide offices, statewide measures and constitutional amendments don’t mean beans. These guys and gals don’t absentee vote, they don’t early vote—and physically going to the polls, well, what is that? Communism? They just don’t vote. All 113,000 of ’em. Half of the county’s registered electorate. Half. Hell, “Home Means Nevada,” my ass. Turns out, home means 50 percent of Washoe County’s registered voters have more pressing things to do than engaging some silly synapse in their busy brains. There might be a doohickey on sale somewhere.
You’re exactly correct
Re “On the wing” (Editorial, July 7, 2011):
To the person who wrote this article, just for clarification, there are no laws against being intoxicated in public in the city of Reno. They have laws against possessing open containers of alcohol in public and distributing alcohol in public spaces, but not against being intoxicated in public.
The South will rise in Austria
Re “The power of gold and silver” (Let Freedom Ring, Nov. 6):
Although Brendan Trainor describes some of the crash of 2008 fairly accurately, fractional reserve banking was not the culprit. The cause was mainly financial deregulation in the form of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. This was a dose of pure libertarian laissez faire from Phil Gramm, not some sneaky progressive plot from a hundred years ago. The CFMA allowed derivatives traders to create and regulate their own marketplace. It then took only a few years for that marketplace to implode and bring the global economy to near collapse. Libertarians always try to paper over the crater that results whenever their policies actually get implemented (witness Kansas and the Brownback walkback). And about rebranding libertarian schemery as “Austrian Economics”—the one place they would never screw around with this stuff is—Austria! That’s because Austria is busy thriving as a social democracy with strong labor unions, universal healthcare, free university tuition, and really fast trains. The truth is that “Austrian Economics” gets cooked up at an Alabama think tank. It should be called “Alabamanomics” and clearly labeled as poisonous.
Re “Age of Empire” (Feature story, Oct. 9):
While I agree that the “Age of Empire” story wasn’t particularly well-written, I would like to take issue with David Flynt’s letter of response of Nov. 13. Among other things, he said, “(America is) … a nation that understands the importance of promoting free societies which historically have a higher regard for human rights …”
Here’s a short list of dictators we heartily supported while simultaneously declaring our love of democracy: Somoza, Batista, Suharto, Duvalier, Marcos, Pinochet, Noriega, Franco, Trujillo, the Shah—you get the idea. These people are easily researched. If you’re interested, also look up a few of the guys we maybe should have supported: Papandreou, Allende, Sukarno, Bosch, Arbenz, and Lumumba, Mossadegh. They received simply wonderful treatment from our friendly neighborhood CIA.
So far in human history, it’s been quite clearly established that big, powerful countries go to war to obtain or maintain money and power, not to support democracy. “… free societies which historically have a higher regard for human rights and rarely, if ever, go to war against one another”? We’ve now been at war for, what, 70 years without a break? Ninety years? I’d guess that if some big, powerful country invaded America and installed a brutal dictatorship with a ruling elite and brutal secret police, and then backed it for decades with military aid, there might be more Americans who suspect that the big, powerful country isn’t particularly interested in Democracy.
Ya win some
Re “Working Classical” (Arts & Culture, Nov. 13):
I did not recently relocate from the Bay Area and in no way did I ever have “the idea to bring a version of Classical Revolution to Reno” and then find out that “somebody had beat [me] to the punch.” Kati Dayner, at the time Kati Wentink, was the one who brought this concept to Reno sometime in 2007 or 2008 (not 2010 like the article says) with the blessing of its original San Francisco founder, violist Charith Premawardhana, and I knew this from the beginning. My only idea was to organize a session at Wildflower Village last November (2013) because none had ever been done out there, and nobody had been organizing any for about a year. You could say that I revived it with the support of my colleagues who came out to play and have continued to come out, but it was never my idea and I do not wish for the record to show that it was.
Also, the musicians of Classical Revolution Reno do not approach an event “trying to find out if they’re going to get paid.” These events are always on a purely volunteer basis for us musicians. What I said was that you wouldn’t want to get into a situation in which you are always playing at the same place and the expectation of the business owners becomes that we are a kind of unpaid house band.
Additionally, the article made it sound like all Classical Revolution Reno events take place in bars and the musicians are all drinking as they play “to take the edge off.” We also do events in coffee shops and other community hangouts—some of them open to all ages—and not all of us drink. I, for one, do not.