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What's On Your Mind?
What's On Your Mind?

AIR DATE: February 8, 2013

As the 2013 legislature gets started this week, issues like taxes, education and medical marijuana are on the docket for lawmakers.  On the national level, the debate over guns and immigration reform are on the minds of many Americans. So what's on your mind? We'll ask your thoughts on immigration, guns, taxes, medical marijuana and anything else you can think of. 


Amos Glick, performer on Las Vegas Strip

Chuck Muth, political activist and blogger

Artie Blanco, Nevada AFL-CIO

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    Lol oh. So what is our choice as a modern american people brain laundered into paying attention to anything but what is actually important? instead of being angry at everyone, why not use your knowledge to bring an idea for change. Uninformed people are not people to blame, they are a people in waiting.
    christianFeb 5, 2013 12:09:11 PM
    i am not angry, i am frustrated. people need to stop letting the meidia get their emotions all worked up and really look at the problem. making guns or hi capacity magazines or whatever illegal is not going to stop a criminal from commiting a crime. we protect our money with armed guards, we protect our leaders with armed guards. i think as a father of 4 i would be willing to pay to gaurd my most cherished valuables with armed guards. If anyone has a better solution i would love to hear it. i would also love to not hear about how more guns are not the answer because when we gaurd everything else in our lives that we value with an armed gaurd what does it say about how we value our children when we dont gaurd them at least as well as our money.
    joeFeb 5, 2013 13:22:42 PM
    Joe, You're exactly the type of person that ruins civil discourse with your stubborn ideologies and ad hominem. Also, the Federalist Papers are not our constitution, the actual constitution is. But the 2 Amendment isn't in our constitution, it's in the Bill of Rights; and in it blatantly states "A well regulated Militia..." Thus Darrin has a valid point.
    SkyFeb 5, 2013 11:18:02 AM
    civil discourse or not, it is important to keep historical context in mind when referring to the intentions of the founders. in the federalist papers, specifically #29 the well regulated militia is defined. they do say that the common man is not a member of the militia. however, they very plainly state that each person should be armed and capable. also, keep in mind what the founding fathers were dealing with when they wrote the constitution and the bill of rights. they had just won a hard fought war to win their freedom from a tyranical king that was imposing his will on this country. they wrote the bill of rights because they knew that the system they outlined in the constitution ws still subject to the coruption that is inherent in men. the bill of rights outlines the rights that we have that cant be taken from us by the government.
    joeFeb 5, 2013 11:44:44 AM
    Elko veteran. 6 billion in revenue mining. 3 million to state in taxes . Money goes to South America and South Africa to fund rebel armies eventually. Nevada gold buys conflict diamonds then guns and ammo from China. Americans die in Iraq and Afganistan because we don't tax here. Same in Brazil for emeralds. We have no road budget and no 911 system here because we don't get tax money to fix it. When an official from S. Africa got off a plane here he asked an aide to Governor if he was taking care of the annoying tax problem. I swore to defend my country against all enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC! Our governor is a domestic terrorist by proxy. Check the facts! Vote agaiinst the mining companies. They won't quit digging here but at least we can save lives.
    JohnFeb 5, 2013 11:08:36 AM
    I am a commercial roofer and work for a living. Thank you.
    christianFeb 5, 2013 11:02:54 AM
    sorry not you...i was talking about the lady that was speaking on the radio at that time.
    joe Feb 5, 2013 11:05:58 AM
    spoken like someone who has never worked for anything in her life
    joeFeb 5, 2013 10:54:16 AM
    This country isn't SMART enough to understand this conversation. So what do we do about that? Oh and about the mag size, doesn't matter... That person would have had multiple 12 round mags on them to take as many lives as possible. People just be a family, get off drugs n paranoia kills.... Peace is responsibility, we have the right as well as the obligation.
    christianFeb 5, 2013 10:41:58 AM
    I think the discussion about the second needs to focus on what the phrase "well regulated militia" means. Certainly the founding fathers didn't intend for citizens to have any and every weapon they desire. Otherwise, well regulated would not be in the Second Amendment.
    Darrin HardmanFeb 5, 2013 10:40:35 AM
    go read the federalist papers. maybe if you paid a little more attention in history class it would keep you from sounding so foolish in a public forum.
    joeFeb 5, 2013 10:56:37 AM
    the second amenment is not to protect hunting it is so that the people can remind the government who they work for.
    joeFeb 5, 2013 10:36:43 AM
    Guns on College Campuses? Is this 2013 or 2011? Testimony was already heard in Sen. Lee's committee on Campus Carry two years ago and the idea was rejected by the large majority of all groups involved. Students don't want it, professors don't want it, staff doesn't want it, campus police don't want it. Want to increase campus safety? Restore the cuts that were made to campus police over the last decade because the legislature and the governor cut funding to NSHE and to state employees salaries and benefits.
    Jim in HendersonFeb 5, 2013 10:21:09 AM
    Going back to the LA Times "rave" article discussion: As a festival-goer, I am the last to deny that there is drug use at "raves." But the last thing to do is to take a reactionary position by banishing these events which, in turn, also punishes the people who enjoy attending them. What is important is to educate attendees on drug use: such the precautions, how to administer safely, and what to do if there is an emergency from drug use. Instead, in our "war on drugs" culture, when people use drugs and encounter problems, they will ignore authorities or medical services out of fear of getting in trouble -- a situation in which no one wins.
    SkyFeb 5, 2013 10:14:52 AM
    Gaming and other businesses have stepped up over the years, sometimes not willingly, to pay more in taxes; however, mining is the only industry whose tax rate is fixed in our state constitution and therefore has not been increased since President Lincoln was in office. Before anyone pays a higher rate in taxes for more or better services, isn't it time that these mining companies, many of which are based in foreign countries, have their 148 year tax break ended?
    Jim in HendersonFeb 5, 2013 07:12:21 AM
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