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April 19, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

South can’t expect fairness in Nevada

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Andres Ramirez’s column, “On education, Southern Nevada is a ‘state apart,’” told it like it is.

Over the years, many others, including some of Nevada’s most prominent leaders, have also pointed out the absurdity of the north-south, urban-rural funding disparity. Unfortunately, it’s one thing to know that something unfair exists, and another to do something about changing it.

In this state, the status quo always seems to win out. Forget that Southern Nevada generates more than 80 percent of the general fund revenue for the state, or that nearly 75 percent Nevada’s population is here.

And forget that the Clark County School District is the fifth-largest school district in the nation with a student population of 311,238 and a minority student population of 70 percent; or that there are more than 70,000 English-language learners in Southern Nevada.

And forget that 80 percent of all Nevada students enrolled in colleges and universities are in Southern Nevada.

For a 32-year resident like me, I have come to expect nothing less from the Nevada Legislature and the governor’s office.

Nevada is in one heck of a mess and no one really seems to care.

That is the sad reality of Nevada politics and it isn’t likely to change soon.

So, despite factual, insightful articles like the one written by Mr. Ramirez, things will go on as they always have with the south subsidizing the north, and the Legislature every two years embarrassingly talking about changing things. And so it goes and goes and goes.

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  1. If we were designing Nevada in 2013 instead of 1864, would Clark County even be part of Nevada or would it be a separate state? Here we sit with 70% of Nevada's population and 400 miles between us and the State Capitol. We have little interests in common with rural Nevada other than coveting their water. So, I ask in all seriousness, should we think ouside the 1864 box?

  2. I would have thought that Americans learned the lessons of South vs. North after the Civil War and Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1864. Apparently, not Nevadans.

    Carmine D

  3. Sorry, 1865! I was too young to remember.

    CDF

  4. It's interesting to note that the same situation exists in the nation: States in the north and west pay more taxes so states in the south can be given more handouts. Perhaps its time to reconsider the lessons of 1861-1865...

  5. PISCES41 (Jim Weber) - Three states. One about a thirty-mile circle centered at approximately UNLV, the second a thin slice of southern Washoe County and Carson City, the third all the rest of the current state. But I'm not sure any of the three would be self sufficient.

  6. Ask your teacher El lobo. He/she gets paid to educate you, I don't.

    Carmine D

  7. Yes, Southern Nevada would be as self sufficient as any state is if it seceded from the rest of the state.

    The lesson to learn from the civil war might just be that not all civil wars have been bloody. (Velvet Revolution between Czech and Slovakia reached a peaceful separation without need for bloodshed.)

    Anyone actually reviewing the numbers will quickly notice that the North needs the South but not vice versa. It has actually been this way for well over 30 years.

  8. Lobo: You're no Winston Churchill.

    Carmine D

  9. sportyyetpractical:

    Perhaps it is you who missed the point of the letter and posters. The Civil War was fought to assimilate the North and South into one union despite their obvious cultural and economic differences. The same is true for Nevada and all other states in this great union.

    Carmine D

  10. "The Civil War was fought to preserve the Union."

    Is that the same as forming ONE union out of disparate states? After the southern and some western states seceded using their own state currencies and banks.

    Carmine D

  11. Now who was it that said: A house divided against itself cannot stand? Gee, I think it was a President of the U.S. called Abraham Lincoln.

    Carmine D

  12. "The best-known passage of the speech by Mr. Lincoln is [from 1858 in Illinois]:

    A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new -- North as well as South."

    Carmine D

  13. As I told you before Lobo, Lincoln didn't free the slaves economically. The industrial revolution did.

    Carmine D

  14. BTW Lobo, my quote from Lincoln was a public address at the Illinois State Capitol, yours was a private letter to Horace Greely-go west young man go west.

    Carmine D

  15. No problem Lobo. I don't smoke. Nor do I blow smoke.

    Carmine D

  16. I don't have to Lobo.

    Carmine D

  17. You should know Lobo, you're the original bubble boy.

    Carmine D