December 23, 2021, RC Letters to the Editor
Let’s try to live by the golden rule
Many schools of thought have a similar adage about loving your neighbor as yourself. It’s pretty obvious to me that not many people love each other based on how they treat others. The lack of civility in our country has reached crescendo proportions. This is reflected in our media in the form of sarcastic judgments, blame, self-righteousness, and a message that we are victimized on any side they disagree with. The Liberals are accused of being condescending. The Conservatives are accused of being stupid and pettiness is free. I believe that people who love themselves don’t have to put others down or put them down to feel good about themselves.
I have no intention of adhering to the kind of mindset that would make me believe that conservatives are the enemy and don’t like democracy, just as conservatives have been fed the mindset that the Liberals are to be feared and that they do not like their country.
I recently read this written by the Dalai Lama in his book “A Call for Revolution”.
“All religion persists in cultivating what divides us, instead of uniting us around what unites us. None have succeeded in creating a better human being or a better world. This is why today, in 2017, I do not hesitate to tell you that there is an urgent need to go beyond religion. It is possible to live without religion, but can we live without love and compassion? The answer is no. As science has proven, the need for compassion is a fundamental human biological imperative. “
He then calls for a revolution of compassion … compassion for all and for our planet.
I would like to think that his condemnation of religions is not true, but I do not know. I believe the Dalai Lama is an amazing human being, a shining example of kindness and compassion. He is the head of a world religion. And yet her message is that being compassionate and loving is more important than the religion you hold. This, I believe without reservation.
It’s a challenge to have compassion for everyone. It requires a level of love, understanding, and a willingness to forgive the unforgivable. Over 2000 years ago, there was a spiritual master who exemplified this, who refused to be manipulated, who refused to resort to violence. He taught that the sins of the father are not perpetuated by their offspring. He taught that forgiveness can be enough when it is accompanied by remorse and a willingness to change. No punishment, just change.
In this holiday season with traditional New Year’s resolutions, let’s challenge ourselves to be more courteous with less blame and complacency. Let’s not wait for our news media to start first. Let us resolve to converse rather than shoot, to listen to understand rather than to listen to discuss. We can make 2022 a new beginning of understanding and compassion. Let us set an example to put an end to the incivilities and divisions that have afflicted our country.
Beef improves quality of life
Guy Farmer asked “How does a slaughterhouse improve our quality of life?” (Call from Nevada, December 18). I realize that the area of concern is a satisfactory site and I am sympathetic to all legitimate objections. But he and “public opinion” might be more supportive of the need to know how many of their “quality of life” products are in part made from beef by-products:
Household items – deodorants, detergents, creams and lotions, glue, crayons, insulation, linoleum, paper, soaps, shaving cream.
Pharmaceuticals – Chymotrypsin for Burn / Wound Healing, Anti-Inflammatory Cortisol, Glucagon, Heparin, Pancreatin, Thrombin and Blood Factor Drugs.
Travel – Tires, oils and lubricants for automotive / jet / outboard engines and brake fluid, biodiesel / biofuel, asphalt and antifreeze.
Textiles – leather, shoes / boots, belts, handbags, wallets, gloves, sports equipment, furniture upholstery.
In addition, beef is a “powerful” food which provides the most nutrients for the calories consumed for energy … Zinc, Iron, Protein (ZIP). It is also one of the best sources of B vitamins necessary for a healthy nervous system and fighting infections.
(Reference: WOW that COW brochure, Nevada Beef Council, Carson City)
Cattle make a significant contribution to our very lives. We all need a “solution we can live with” to “treat” them, not just ranchers. They are much more than a “damn cow”, sir.
Not in the constitution but almost
Jim Hartman mistakenly said in a recent comment that the right to abortion is enshrined in the state constitution. It’s not in the constitution. It would be the best protection. The next best is what we have now. In 1990, the citizens of Nevada voted in a referendum to codify NRS 442,250 which allows a woman’s right to have an abortion. The vote on this referendum was an overwhelming 201,004 to 117,707 nearly 65% of the vote to maintain NRS 442,250. It is not subject to legislative amendment or repeal.
Inflation, the fault is shared
One political party blaming the other for inflation while claiming its innocence is hypocritical and guilty of “scapegoating” to hide its share of guilt in the cause of continued inflation. They are both responsible for inflation.
In over 60 years, the money supply of the United States has grown more than 80 times the population. Have you ever thought that homes costing less than $ 30,000 not too long ago can now sell for close to or over $ 1 million? There has been a sufficient increase in the money supply to cope with these inflated prices.
When the government needs more money than it receives from taxes, the US Treasury goes to the Federal Reserve, which creates money out of thin air and lends it to the government. The government then spends the money created by putting it into circulation. Clearly, the loan is an increase in the national debt which is an increase in the money supply.
With an ever-growing money supply to cope with the inevitable increasing price pressures, inflation will be endless. With the money supply remaining constant, prices would increase only to the extent that there was enough money to meet the price demands.
It should be borne in mind that the link between cause and effect in economics is elastic and not mechanical. An effect from a particular cause is unlikely to be felt all at once and may not fully occur for months or years after the cause.
Before the GOP accuses Democrats of creating inflation with their current overspending, they should look to the last four-year GOP administration, the national debt has grown by over $ 7 trillion. This equates to an increase in the money supply of over $ 80,000 for every family of four in the entire United States. Someone initially has this increased money and it is “not” the average American family.
The significant effects on inflation of this past increase in money supply are now starting to be felt. Current inflation is mainly fueled by past deficit government spending and not by current economic actions. However, if current practices are paid for by the money created, this will be the cause of future inflation.
The national debt has increased every year, except for three of the last 70. The two political parties have taken turns in power for significant periods during this period and are also guilty of fueling the ever-spiraling inflation by increasing the national debt.