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¡Viva Chávez!
César Chávez Celebration XV / Celebración de César Chávez XV
Wednesday 29 March 2017
/ Miércoles 29 de Marzo 2017

2017 info and highlights from the record-breaking 2016 event at Circus Circus Reno

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   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes.
Everybody knows...
Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows...
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   and a long red rose.
   Everybody knows. Everybody knows.
That's how it goes.
Everybody knows.

I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
Leon Russell, 1942-2016

Death Panels, Part Deux
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Ebenezer Scrooge learned the easy way that stinginess kills. Tiny Tim got a reprieve. Not so us.


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To his credit, Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval went against GOP moonhowlers, expanded Medicaid and insured tens of thousands of lower-income Nevadans under Obamacare.Nonetheless, Nevada as usual sits at the bottom of the barrel in this category, spending less on Medicaid than any other state.

Under one possibility in the current proposed Obamacare "fix," Medicaid levels may be forever frozen at 2016 levels, which will lead to (Sarah Palin alert!) death panels. See below.

Former Sen. Joe Neal, D-N. Las Vegas, once told me that the late Gov. Mike O'Callaghan (1971-79) lived to see his two greatest achievements dismantled by his successors.

Whenever the nation's stingiest budget needs balancing, Nevada governors and lawmakers always hit the weakest first. We washed our hands of the physically disabled by privatizing injured worker insurance under Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn (1999-2007). The euphemistically named "workers compensation" was created to put government in the shoes of employers who might otherwise get sued for unsafe working conditions, saving them billions.

The Rural Mental Health Clinics Program pioneered by Big Mike never recovered from the cuts imposed by conservative Democrat Bob Miller (1989-99) in consultation with future Gov. Guinn. Cow County health care remains a life-threatening danger zone. (Barbwire 2 April 2006 et seq.)

Medicaid caps lead to rationed health care which leads to death panels where the sickest are left to suffer and die. (See Arizona 2010 [1]) We've seen all this before with Ronald Reagan's "New Federalism" where programs were turned into block grants which then suffered the death of a thousand cuts. Formerly financially sound states and municipalities starting going broke.

Streets in Omaha, Nebraska, are being ground back to gravel due to lack of funds. Sparks-Reno may be next because of all the corporate welfare doled out to billionaires who don't pay taxes for the growth they cause.

Gov. Sandoval has proposed cutting $20 million from the mental health budget which will severely impact the Sparks complex on Galletti Way. He says he trusts Tsar Donaldov Vladimirovitch to cover his play. Good luck with that.

I've invited the governor to speak at César Chávez XV at Circus Circus March 29. No governor has ever attended. Both Sandoval and his predecessor have forgotten as often as they've remembered to issue the legally mandated César Chávez Day proclamation. Mr. Sandoval can bring it with him and his family. All are welcome. See The event's purpose is to celebrate the great labor leader's legacy and listen to officials and community leaders of all political persuasions who live it and work it every day.

Local workers will visit congressional representatives this week. Show up. Watch or get on my e-bulletin list.

César Chávez wanted us to take care of each other. We still have a lot of work to do.

¡Sí se puede!

Dio benedica l'America.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
Andrew Barbano is a 48-year Nevadan and editor of E-mail <> Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.

[1] Emanuel, Glickman and Gudbranson, "A Republican Plan to Ration Health Care," The New York Times op-ed, 8 March 2017, at A23.


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THE GOOD DON. Nominations are afoot for the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame.
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SMOKING GUNS —> Positively negative
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Equal Rights Betrayal
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Reidless and Rudderless?
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Kate Smith & Lady Gaga
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"By the 1920s, pseudo-scientists and polemicists in the 1920s popularized the notion that Italians were a separate race from Anglo-
Americans. 'There’s no doubt those ideas were still around in 1942.' ”

The Gorsuch Nonesuch: Poison Annie's Revenge
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TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on three consecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 2014) on NV Energy smart meter fires. Welcome aboard. Barbwire readers were two years ahead on the fire meter issue. (Touch a Smart Meter, Go to Jail — 11 October 2012)

FIRE METER UPDATES: THE NEVADA FIRE MARSHALL'S INVESTIGATION concluded "don't worry, be happy." I'm still worried and will continue fondling NVE's precious equipment —> If your smart meter feels very hot, not just from sunshine, call 911. In its Sunday 21 Dec. 2014 front page headline major story, the Reno Gazette-Journal published results of the NVEnergy-commissioned "don't worry, be happy" echo study. On 1-27-2015, the RGJ published an analysis based on veteran reporter Anjeanette Damon's review of more than 1,000 pages of documents.

bottom line: NVE handles this like auto manufacturers handle defects —> It's cheaper to pay legal settlements after people are injured or killed than to fix the problem.

Don'tcha worry 'bout a thing! If you can't trust your power company, whom can you trust?

Smoking guns: Rooftop solar assassination Energy War Room

DIDN'T THEY MAKE A MOVIE CALLED "THE INCREDIBLES"? On 2-6-2015, the RGJ reported that the Public Utilities Commission has ordered NVE to hire an independent laboratory to review the material.

UPDATE: The report said all is well. I still recommend feeling up your fire meter on a regular basis.

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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

Andrew Barbano
is a 48-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of and and As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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