Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Blame Game

In this letter to the Editor of the Review Journal, I am discussing how we must take responsibility for our lives. We cannot demand that the government provide for our wants.

Here is the link to the article. Scroll down to the Blame Game letter

Blame game

To the editor:

In response to Nadia Romeo’s Thursday letter, responding to “The 10 Cannots,” it’s this type of thinking that’s causing many of the problems in our country. Instead of taking responsibility for our lives, many blame others or other things for their living conditions. Sure, some things are out of our control, but we must do the best we can under the circumstances.

In her letter, Ms. Romeo blames banks and big business for our lack of thrift. She blames the rich because they aren’t paying enough in taxes. She blames health care and college costs for our spending more than we make, and she blames Mitt Romney for inciting class hatred.

It reminds me of a story Jim Rohn told. When he was 25 and broke, his mentor asked him why he was broke, since he had been working since he was 21. Jim said that he had a list. He blamed the government, his job, his boss, his wife, his relatives and even the weather. His mentor said that there was only one thing wrong with his list: He wasn’t on it.

We all have catastrophes in our lives. However, if we give up and blame others, we will never succeed.

It’s the American Dream that a person can start with nothing and be a success. That dream is still obtainable. It may be more difficult now, but it is still there. We live in the greatest country in the world. It’s up to us to take advantage of the opportunities available. We must also protect our freedoms so that we continue to have those opportunities.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Las Vegas Sun Letter about Our Republic being Threatened.

This is an article that I wrote about how our Republic is being threatened. It was published in the Las Vegas Sun newspaper.

Here is the link.

In his column entitled “How to improve elections,” Trey Grayson says, “Clean, fair and credible elections underpin a functioning democracy, so improving the way ballots are cast and counted ought to be a broadly embraced, wholly nonpartisan goal.”
I agree that we need to improve elections, especially by eliminating fraud in registering, casting and tallying the votes. According to legislative testimony by Ross Miller, Nevada’s secretary of state, the state has eliminated lines on voting day by using early and absentee voting. Voter turnout has also increased drastically. In fact, Nevada’s voting procedures are being studied by other states.
However, the United States is not a democracy — as Grayson states in his first sentence and then several times throughout the article. The United States is a republic, ruled by law — and the law is our Constitution.
The Constitution is being ignored by our representatives and we are losing our freedoms and liberty. Soon we will be a democracy where rule by the majority will enslave the minority.
Our only protection is to vote and elect representatives who will uphold the Constitution.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Las Vegas Sun Letter about Legislative Salaries

This is a link to my letter to the editor published in the Las Vegas Sun today about a bill to increase the salaries of the Nevada legislators.

We cannot continue to spend money and increase taxes. We must demand that our Nevada Legislators stop raising taxes and balance the budget.