Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders came to Carson City Monday to lay out his campaign platform – none of it especially new – but clearly described for a packed gymnasium at the Stewart Community Center.
Here it is:
* Too few at the top of our society have over half the money in the country. And it’s badly hurting the bottom half.
* We need to overturn Citizens United, which allows unlimited political donations – many of them anonymous.
* We need public funding for elections and anyone turning 18 is automatically signed up to vote.
* Our economy may look good on paper but it’s lousy for too many American families – some of them have two adults working more than one job. Half of our families live paycheck to paycheck. 500,000 Americans are homeless – 30,000 veterans sleeping on the street or in emergency shelters. Government is NOT working for all Americans.
* We need a $15/hour minimum wage. Not the $7.25 that’s been on the books for years.
* Equal pay for women.
* Expand labor unions.
* America has the highest rate of childhood poverty in the developed world.
* America needs universal child care so they get what they need and parents can work knowing their children are being cared for in stimulating environments.
* We need a better public education system. Higher pay for teachers. School systems that are behind the average, need extra funding. One trillion dollars from the country’s extreme wealthy should pay for it.
* Cancel all student debt and get the revenue from a modest transfer from Wall Street profits.
* Health Care should be a right, not a high cost burden on society. Health Care is free in much of the free world. Why not America? With the taxes America’s families pay, taxing the wealthy should help fund national free health care. It’s common in Europe.
* America’s health care should expand to cover dental care and eyeglasses. Taxes on the wealthy would easily cover it without the wealthy having to move out of their mansions.
* Greed should be removed from the medical industry. Drug prices in America are the highest in the world. Many nation’s pay 10% of what Americans pay for many drugs. $69 Billion in drug company profits are way too high. Medical care should include hearing aids.
* The way we create Medicare for All is to phase it in. First, those who are 55 and older, then a little later 45 and older, then 35 and older until everyone is eligible for Medicare. Between “some” taxes for medicare and the wealthy paying their fair share, America could catch up with what is far more reasonably priced medical coverage as we see in Canada and throughout Europe. Sanders says the first $29,000 in family income would be exempt from medicare taxes.
* Climate Change is a clear and present danger to every person on the Earth. We cannot turn our back on our kids and our grandkids. Scientists have under-estimated the speed by which climate change is taking control of our weather. Sanders says if we don’t do enough to reverse our use of fossil fuels the situation will become uncontrollable within ten years. Widespread disease, wild fires – especially along the U.S. West Coast, climate refugees due to drought, large international military conflicts, acidification of Earth’s oceans which will affect fishing industries. The world’s people need to tell the fossil fuel companies that their profits are not worth the decimation of humanity.
* We can create 20 Million new jobs fighting climate change using $1.8 Trillion dollars to get the job done. All our lives are worth more than $1.8 Trillion dollars.
* On the political front – Donald Trump is dividing the country and it must stop. We need to end racism and support immigration reform. We need to fix our criminal justice system. There are 400,000 people behind bars because they can’t afford their bail. We need to end private (for profit) prisons, end the war on drugs (it isn’t working) and legalize marijuana.
* We need gun reform. Establish universal background checks on ALL GUN SALES. Ban assault weapons and end gun show sale loop-holes.
* At the end, Sanders got a rousing standing ovation.
Sanders holds another Town Hall Rally tonight (Monday) at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center at 4590 South Virginia Street in Reno. Doors open at 4:30pm. Event starts at 5:30pm. It’s free and open to the public. Come early. Seats are limited.
Another presidential candidate, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, holds a rally TOMORROW NIGHT at TMCC in Reno at the Eardley Student Center. Doors open at 5pm. Warren takes the stage at 6:15pm.
Carson City School District and Trustees Haul in Awards at State School Boards Meeting
The Carson City School District was a big award winner at the Nevada Association of School Boards (NASB) Annual Conference in Reno. The school district and trustees hauled in nearly a quarter of all the awards (4 out of 19) among the 17 districts statewide. Additionally, two Carson City School Board trustees were recognized for their service and achievements in their roles as NASB elected officers.
The Carson City School District’s School Board of Trustees was honored as the state of Nevada’s School Board of the Year,Stacie Wilke-McCulloch was named the state’s Individual School Board Member of the Year, Mike Walker was recognized as the state’s New School Board Member of the Year and Andrew Feuling, director of fiscal services for the Carson City School District, and Paul Johnson, White Pine County School District chief financial officer, were jointly honored with the District Level Administrator Impacting Student Achievement award.
Mrs. Wilke-McCulloch is the current Carson City School Board President and previously served as president in 2014. As a Trustee and Board officer, she brings a wealth of school board experience. She served on the Board previously from 1999 through 2003 and her current tenure began in 2008.
Silver Saddle Ranch
City of Carson City Photo
From Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space invites the community to the first ever Homestead Holidays event at Silver Saddle Ranch, December 13-15. The ranch will be open 5 p.m.-8 p.m. each night. Homestead Holidays is intended to be an old-fashioned holiday celebration with handcrafted decorations, holiday lights ornamenting historic ranch buildings, and family activities for all ages. Silver Saddle Ranch is located at 2648 Carson River Road, off Carson River Road, south of Eagle Valley Middle School.
This event is a collaboration of many community partners; Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch will be offering horse-drawn wagon rides, Kiwanis will be cooking chili, Carson Now is hosting Letters to Santa which will be published on Carson Now, decorated antique tractors, local craft vendors, live music, Santa, and more.
Entrance to the event is free, with minimal fees or donations for some of the activities. Parking at Silver Saddle Ranch requires driving on a dirt road for a short distance. Additional parking and shuttle is available at Eagle Valley Middle School.
For additional information or questions, please contact Dan Earp, Recreation Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775.283.7422. For more information on this and other community events, please visit www.carson.org/parksandrec.
12:41pm – Report of a traffic crash at Highway 50 East at Fairview. Watch for emergency vehicles.
Vegas Golden Knights to Host Hockey Clinics at Schools in Carson City
WHAT: Carson City School District is pleased to announce the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team will host youth hockey clinics at two Carson City schools Friday, Dec. 13th. The first clinic will be held at Bordewich Bray Elementary School from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Later that day, the hockey team will host a clinic at Carson Middle School from 12:00 noon to 1:40 p.m.
As part of the clinics, the team will provide high-end equipment and materials to the schools to incorporate floor hockey as part of physical education programs.
Following the clinics that day, the Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) will host a watch party beginning at 4 p.m. in the Nevada Room at the Governor’s Mansion to witness firsthand the VGK play against the Dallas Stars. Admission to the watch party is free, and fans will have the opportunity to win a variety of Vegas Golden Knights prizes.
“Our upcoming trip to Northern Nevada provides another opportunity to grow the VGK Worldwide following as well as the great game of hockey,” said Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz. “Each day we are extremely thankful for our passionate fans and we are always looking for ways to give back to those that support our organization far from Las Vegas.”
WHEN: Friday, December 13, 2019
WHERE: Three locations and times:
- Youth Hockey Clinic: Bordewich Bray Elementary School, 110 Thompson Street in Carson City, from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m.
- Youth Hockey Clinic: Carson Middle School, 1140 West King Street in Carson City, from 12:00 noon to 1:40 p.m.
- Watch Party (Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars): in the Nevada Room at the Governor’s Mansion, 606 Mountain St. in Carson City, beginning at 4 p.m.
Clear Creek Avenue
South end of town
This just in….Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders will be conducting a town hall meeting in Carson City at the Stewart Community Center at 12Noon on Monday. Tomorrow!! Not the Community Center on William…the Community Center at 465 Clear Creek Avenue – south end of town.
Town Hall in Carson City with Bernie Sanders
Monday, December 9
Event starts at 12:00 p.m.
Stewart Community Center
465 Clear Creek Avenue
South Carson City