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Sandoval’s graduation not worth a degree
by Larry Wilson
May 17, 2011 | 663 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With all the graduations happening or about to happen, strains of the classically played processional song “Pomp and Circumstance” will be heard countless times until all the diplomas are awarded. Few realize that “Pomp and Circumstance” originally was a funeral dirge. Does the black robe and mortar board follow in the same genre?

These ceremonies are supposed to be the commencement of the next phase of a person’s life. Graduation is a celebration of a person’s accomplishments and a happy jubilation for their continued success in the future.

The state of Nevada ceased any jubilation or celebration for its future after Brian Sandoval graduated through his election into the governor’s office last November. This realization didn’t hit home until the current legislative session began.

Granted, we are in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, or so some say, but Gov. Sandoval has come on as if he were going to a Halloween costume ball dressed as the Grim Reaper (maybe he used his old judge’s robe or his graduation robe) wielding his ominous scythe for cutting and hacking our state government to pieces, destroying and dismantling decades of efforts to develop Nevada into a great place to live and thrive.

Not only has he shown his ability to tear down state government, deny any new taxes or show any degree of compassion for the downtrodden, but he has further rubbed our noses in this quagmire by appointing Congressman Dean Heller, a fellow Republican, to the United States Senate seat formerly held by John Ensign. In doing this he is not only ensuring that the party line would go unbroken, but also creating a fiscal nightmare because there has to be an election costing at least $350,000 to fill Heller’s empty office. There were other Republicans who could have been appointed to the office and we would not have had to hold this expensive election, but Gov. Sandoval saw fit to give Heller a leg up in his re-election bid in 2012 because he will be the incumbent in that Senate seat.

It is true: Had there been a Democrat in the governor’s office, he or she probably would have done the same thing, but Sandoval is in that seat now and he should weather some heat over his fiscal irresponsibility regarding this action.

Gov. Sandoval comes into office after a less-than-stellar performance, according to some accounts, as a United States federal judge. Resigning his federal judgeship after sitting on the bench for only a short while in this lifetime position, Sandoval enthusiastically tossed his hat into the political arena to run for the governor’s office in Nevada.

If Gov. Sandoval’s enthusiasm in running has carried over into his job performance, are we going to be able to survive the remainder of his term in office with such enthusiasm driving him?

Let’s hope there is an equally luring office of some kind outside Nevada that will draw Gov. Sandoval’s enthusiasm when time draws near for him to seek re-election. The people of Nevada are ready now for another kind of graduation “Pomp and Circumstance,” scythe and all.

Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. He can be reached at
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