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AIR DATE: September 24, 2012

The presidential campaign is still with us and will be for another seven weeks. But there are other issues that we can talk about: the city is working on a plan to open up more parking downtown. The paper is full of stories about lawyers who have stolen clients' money or tried to fool the IRS about how much income tax they owe. Is that business as usual or do we have an ethical crisis? The Republican National Committee has finally sent in more support for voter registration but will it put them on an equal footing with the Democrats? And the long-awaited mall in Summerlin is finally going ahead. Does that mean the local economy is finally shaking off the recession? You tell us what's on your mind!
 
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Alicia Shepard, Visiting Professor of Journalism, UNLV and former National Public Radio Ombudsman
Erin Bilbray-Kohn, Executive Director, Emerge Nevada
Michael Cornthwaite, Downtown Cocktail Room and Emergency Arts

 

 
 
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    I'm always amazed at the extreme partisan banter these "What's On Your Mind" shows instigate. In that spirit, here's some food for thought for those hyper-political people: big picture, broadly speaking, the only difference between Romney and Obama is that one is from Boston, and the other from Chicago. Both love taxes, spending, wars and the police state, period.
    Tom HurstSep 22, 2012 03:50:09 AM
    As the pediatrician mentioned a few times on today's show (and thus also Erin's husband...wasn't she great!?), I would like to address some of the discussion related to the obesity epidemic in our community and our nation. KNPR's State of Nevada first addressed this issue almost 7 years ago (I was on that panel)...and yes, I am pleased with NYC's law on sweetened beverages. Ms. Shepard expressed doubt in the report cited in yesterday's RJ. When I was a member of the state's Advisory Council on Fitness and Wellness, I learned a terrific aphorism, "Passions run deepest in the absence of data." The study cited was published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, it was well researched, and my own anecdotal experience completely backs it up. I think there is a reason that many people, including Ms. Shepard, have trouble believing the number of 50%. Most people who don't have or work with young children, fail to see the youth obesity epidemic. But as our children are growing up, they are regrettably growing out. I routinely see children who are double their ideal body weight. I see far more children who are overweight (BMI >80%) or obese (BMI >95%)than I do with the common cold!
    Noah Kohn, MDSep 21, 2012 13:41:24 PM
    As a follow-up to my thoughts on the growing epidemic of obesity in our children (multiple puns not intended), I went back and listened to the discussion on KNPR from 2005 (http://www.knpr.org/audio2005/mp3/051014_SON_obeseKids.mp3). 7 years ago, 1 in 4 of Nevada's children were overweight or obese. Today 1 in 3 are. I have no trouble believing, that as these children grow into adulthood, that 20 more years of this trend will produce the results predicted in the RWJF study. Other states have been able to stem the tide of this epidemic. If Nevada doesn't want to be saddled with the cost of caring for all of the associated co-morbidities of obesity (diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, orthopedic infirmity, etc...), our community needs to act now.
    Noah Kohn, MDSep 21, 2012 14:33:20 PM
    You're entirely missing the moral point... It's not a matter of whether various foods or practices are bad or not, but instead a matter of free people in a free country living their lives as they see fit. And, I, for one, don't at all like this never-ending progression towards nanny state mandated diets and forced calisthenics with the president every morning at 6:00 am sharp!
    Tom HurstSep 22, 2012 03:41:49 AM
    My name is John I spoke on the air this morning regarding whats on your mind segment. After my comment one of the guests commented he likes my slip when I said I do not want to live in a country run like a company. Actually I was driving (using a has free device) and a car cut in front of me so I lost my trend of thought for a moment. I am a 55 year old Non Partisan voter that was a republican 10 years ago. Romney is a mistake for the Republicans to run if they really wanted to move forward with their ideology they could have Ron Paul or Gary Johnson. Whereas I would have not voted for Ron Paul, I would have voted for Gary Johnson. For you guest to say he does not know enough about him indicated he is not informed with all the candidates. I am not a Democrat hack I am an informed voter probably more than most as politics is my passion. I hosted my own talk show on an independent station KWAI that lasted four years in Hawaii; it was a right-wing show as I was very close with Libertarians and a Ron Paul supporter. I am currently self-employed for about a month as the company I was employed with for six years went bankrupt and sold to a firm that reduced staff and cut benefits and out sourced most services, ( the Romney model). I am also a college student Anyway thank you for allowing me to talk this morning I totally enjoy KNPR listen every day.
    JohnSep 21, 2012 10:26:17 AM
    On a local leve, my family and I are concerned with schools and parks. We live downtown, just two doors from Michael Cornthwaite. We can't take out two small children to our local park - it is unkempt and unsafe. We frequently take our children to Summerlin and Henderson parks. In Las Vegas, we also lack schools for gifted and advanced children. There are four schools for gifted children in Northern Nevada, and none here. On a national level, one may take the stand that there is nothing a President can do about the economy (I don't share that opinion). But, a President does have tremendous power over the judiciary and the military. The person who will be president over the next four years may determine the shape of the Supreme Court for the next 50 years. He will also determine how the rest of the world feels about the U.S. for the next two generations.
    Jessica BrownSep 21, 2012 09:42:13 AM
    "On a local leve" rather.
    Jessica BrownSep 21, 2012 09:43:51 AM
    "On a local level" rather
    Jessica BrownSep 21, 2012 09:44:30 AM
    At least the park problem is easily solved... just buy your own (it's called a yard) ;-) That said, figures I've seen show that local government spends nearly $20,000 per acre per year to "maintain" their crappy parks... if government weren't so corrupt, inefficient and incompetent, even a small park could, with that kind of money, easily have a 24/7 caretaker!
    Tom HurstSep 22, 2012 03:58:05 AM
    I have to agree with Michael re both parties and this is why I am voting this year for Virgil Goode the Constitution Party Presidential candidate. : Stan Vaughan, current WCF World Chess Champion and Las Vegas resident and Independent American running for US Congress District 1
    Dr Stan VaughanSep 21, 2012 09:39:35 AM
    Listening to "State of Nevada" this morning, I am once again reminded of "Public Radio's" inability to present a politically unbiased program to its listeners. Nearly thirty minutes and I've yet to hear anyone other than Democratic shills, hammering Mitt Romney and extolling Barack Obama. There are still a few conservatives who listen to public radio. Next time you do a round table like this morning, invite someone who can offer an alternative POV. Kendall sorensen St. George, UT
    KendallSep 21, 2012 09:36:58 AM
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