Oh my goodness, I’ve tried to have an open mind on this, hold my tongue, but I can no longer keep quiet about an ominous dialogue threatening to slip into our local politics.
As many of you know, I personally think Nye County politics is a freak show, a mixture of good ol’ boys, rabid right-wing garbage spewers, a few straight-and-narrow types (too few if you ask me) and an assortment of one-term wonders who have zero business venturing into public service in the first place (think Wizard).
Imagine my disappointment (not surprise) when out of the mouths of our two brand spanking new county commissioners, Frank Carbone and Donna Cox, at a recent meeting was mention of Agenda 21. The freak show gets freakier.
For those of you who don’t worship at the altar of right-wing extremism, Agenda 21 is a 20-year-old set of United Nations environmental proposals that include providing small governments worldwide with smart planning ideas that could help develop more sustainable communities. The set of non-binding resolutions stem from the 1992 UN environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro. The idea behind the proposals is that at some point the planet’s human population will be so large and resources so scarce that future generations will be left with nothing more than crumbs. Combine that with other environmental factors, including warming, disrupted food supplies, higher food prices, etc., and the notion becomes one in which we need to work today to mitigate disasters in the future. Not a bad idea, really.
That was in 1992. I was a senior in high school (age alert!). Not a damn thing has been done with Agenda 21 by anybody that I can figure out, except for loons on the extreme right, who have somehow distorted this set of NON-BINDING proposals into a conspiracy where the UN slowly morphs into a one-world government, where Americans (and everybody else in the world) are stripped of their property rights, forced to live in managed environments (don’t we already?) and generally are subjected to a tyranny on a scale never before seen. Glenn Beck, the fringe right’s favorite charlatan, is cashing in on this extreme conspiracy theory with his own novel of the same name. Cha-ching. And the right is eating it up like soft serve at the Dairy Queen. Gross.
Elvis, save us!
Agenda 21, at least the wingnut view of it, is total crap. And it’s insulting to me and should be insulting to you that people who claim to be in the service of the public (Beck’s an entertainer, not a servant!) can so easily raise the specter of this God awful hoax, cheesy conspiracy theory in of all places a public meeting, where the public’s business is being debated and voted upon. It’s a disgrace to their office, a disgrace to themselves, a violation of the trust voters placed in them when they were elected and a total, unambiguous embarrassment to this community. For shame.
I could care less what kind of garbage Cox and Carbone like to dish about over the dinner table or in the hovels of their fellow tinfoil-hat wearers. But I’ll be damned if even one millisecond of public time is wasted on such right wing drivel as Agenda 21 without me blowing up over it. (Voters should really send a message to these guys — stay on task or step aside.)
Cox, Carbone, and the rest of the tinfoil hat clique who are stupid lucky enough to even be holding an office and collecting a taxpayer signed check, really need to grow up. It’s unconscionable that with all of the problems tearing at the fabric of this community, one iota of energy be exerted discussing this subject. Jobs, roads, health care, education, economic development, more jobs — those should be your sole focus right now, particularly since your political skills are apparently on par with a donkey’s leaky ass. The fact that a subject like Agenda 21 even rears its head in as vaunted a public space as a county commission meeting means those doing the gabbing, Cox and Carbone, are so bereft of real ideas to help this community that I am sorry to say voters appear to have gotten a very raw deal — again!
Alas, I’ve said my peace. I hope the newbies take heed. Get real. Pahrump and Nye County need smart leadership, not tinfoil quotes from Kool-aid drenched wingnut pamphlets you scored at the old dude’s breakfast.
Pam Webster deserves better
Our illustrious county manager, Pam Webster, was dragged through the muck again. This time by us because we published a story on a court complaint filed by former county emergency services director Brent Jones. Jones, who must still be steaming over his long overdue termination last year, filed his complaint in federal court, rehashing old allegations and delivering some new (supposed) details. I won’t mention those here. Sad, a grown man behaving this way. Sad.
I understand Webster was hurt by the story and for that I feel bad. She doesn’t deserve that kind of treatment. And Jones, who totally lost his job because of his own incompetence, has taken to attacking Webster as payback.
Luckily for this community, Webster is thick enough skinned that she is able to continue working hard for Nye County despite this repugnant lawsuit. Thank her for her service when you get a chance, she could use the pat on the back.
Brent Jones isn’t the only thorn in Webster’s side lately. I hear another Jones in county “service” is causing some waves as well.
The county’s facilities manager is a no-call, no-show at work, sources tell me. We understand he is telling people in town that he’s bucking for a termination so that he can join his good ol’ boy buddies Brent and Rick Osborne (Webster’s fired predecessor) in the waste bin of inept Nye bureaucrats.
Good. Bye Bob. Make sure we get all our tools back before you leave town. That lawn mower, too.