THUMBS UP to Gov. Brian Sandoval for saying no thanks.
The governor said he is not interested in being considered for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Republican governor made the statement after he was mentioned as potential nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
It didn’t make any sense for Sandoval to subject himself to the politics swirling around the vacancy. He’s clearly above being a pawn in the battle between President Obama and GOP senators.
THUMBS DOWN to the mess confronted by a number of voters at the presidential caucuses in Nevada last month.
Voters complained about long lines and chaos at both the Republican and Democratic caucuses.
Yes, caucuses take some time to understand and orchestrate. But there’s really no excuse for turning them into something that’s as painful as or more painful than doing business at the DMV. A lot of voters are demanding a primary election, and we can’t blame them.
THUMBS UP to the Foster Grandparent Program of Northern Nevada, based in Sparks. Through the program, grandparents interact with children at school to help them achieve academic success. Children obviously benefit, as do teachers. The senior citizens who volunteer for the program also are rewarded with love and appreciation.
As one of the grandparents told the Sparks Tribune: “I don’t think there’s any way to put a money value or anything like that on helping somebody become a success.” We can learn a lot from our senior citizens.
THUMBS UP to Eric Musselman, who just completed his first regular season as Nevada’s head basketball coach.
Expectations weren’t great for the Wolf Pack entering this season, but Musselman got the most out of his squad, which finished the regular season with a winning record of 18-12. It appears as though Musselman knows a thing or two about coaching and motivating players.
THUMBS UP to the annual Brew HaHa beer tasting event, its host, the Nugget hotel-casino, and the distributors, breweries and businesses that made donations.
The festival raised about $39,000 for the Sierra Arts Foundation. Who said the beer crowd was cheap?
THUMBS UP to the Spanish Springs High School boys basketball team for their work in the classroom.
The team was recognized as the 2015-2016 Division 1 Boys Nevada Academic State Champions with an overall team grade-point average of 3.6. The team members: Ryan Anderson, Kevonne Augustus, Chase Barlow, Marlin Brucato, Bryce DeLong, Court Diesner, Justus Eaglesmith, Marcus Loadhold, Korbin Marcum, Carson McCusker, Daulton O’Connell, Josh Prizina, CJ Semenko, and Jalen Townsell.