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by Vice President Knight Allen 

Originally published on September 13, 2018 - reprinted with permission

     I have studiously avoided any comments about the Trump/Russia investigation by Special Counsel Mueller. There have been plenty of things to write about without wading into that pile of quicksand. Besides, I thought the concept of that office was eliminated after the Ken Starr/Clinton debacle. Yet here it is, back again. Steering clear of it still seems to be the best strategy to me but, there was an article in the Wall Street Journal by Kimberley Strassel titled: "When Justice is Partial."

    Ms. Strassel states, "Mueller is determined to sniff out any wrong doing he can find on one side." "Prosecutors can claim all they want that they are applying the law equally but if they only apply it to half the suspects justice in not served."
"Mr. Mueller seems blind to the National need for the expectations of a thorough look into all parties."
"Lady Justice does not wear a blindfold over only one eye."

      There was an editorial in the Las Vegas Review Journal on 8/22/18: 
  "Free press, speech under assault."
Among the examples documented in the editorial was this "Through the Looking Glass" moment: The Florida Sun Sentinel published a confidential report the Parkland School District had compiled on the confessed school shooter. Right here it is important to know the paper received the information legally. It was handed to them because of a foul up within a local bureaucracy that released it by accident. What else is new?

   District Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer threatened to hold the newspaper in contempt and then added this almost impossible to believe threat: "From now on, if I have to specifically write word for word what you are and are and are not permitted to print and I have to take the papers myself and redact them with a Sharpie... then I'll do that."

   Ms. Sherer (sorry, I can't in good conscience put the word judge in front of her name) is 42 years old and was appointed to the bench in 2012. Previously she was a prosecutor in the Broward County State Attorney's office. In an article in the Sun Sentinel at least one lawyer called her, "courteous, prepared and polite." Others however, requiring anonymity had different descriptions including cranky, nasty and temperamental, regularly starting her hearings an hour or more after they're scheduled.

   One man giving her the benefit of the doubt while criticizing how she handled the situation said, “She’s a young judge, who I think gave in to her worst notions. Her colleagues would tell her, 'That was not your finest moment'."   No kidding. I'll be curious to see if she suffers any repercussions for her off the wall nonsense.


     Question 3
   It would seem the "Yes on 3" folks have gotten into a snit: "Question 3 'deregulation' label divisive' - LVRJ 8/27/18

   The word that has always defined the process behind Q3-deregulation has been used powerfully and correctly to document its very negative track record by the "No on 3" coalition. This has the "Yes" group very upset and they've decided, in classic Orwellian fashion, that Q3 should be called, "restructuring." Only the most bottom line obsessed, corporate mindset could possibly believe "restructuring" would be a positive word to throw at the people to get them to vote "Yes."

   We've seen restructuring in many industries. Airlines, trucking, retailing and newspapers to name a few. The pattern is always the same. Tens of thousands of jobs get blown away. Capital calls it restructuring or right sizing. Labor has a different name for it I'm sure. Any family that's been through it will instinctively say "No way" as will those who have watched what it does to their fellow workers.
    The Review Journal reports the Department of Energy says, "Deregulation is what regulators do to utilities."
  "Restructuring is what the industry does to itself."  That's interesting. Are the regulators in Nevada looking to deregulate? No. In fact, just the opposite.
    Based on the track record of "restructuring" in the public utility industry is there any way Q3 will work out well for the people of Nevada? Not a chance.

    Please vote NO on Question 3. 

Vice-President Knight Allen can be reached at:  knightallen702@yahoo.com  

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