Asking for the public's input is not a crime

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Thursday November 1, 2007.

Another installment of the Reactionary Hurl, the series in which I take the easy road to blogging and react to news in short, opinionated, useless snippets. I need to keep this shorter, according to at least one crucial reader. So there are fewer points today, but it’s much more readable. You happy, Jerz?

  • If Walker Lake is ugly, you aren’t a Nevadan, which is fine, but should at least be pointed out. I have to walk a fine line here. Because of where I work, it would be very easy to criticize my position on this as inauthentic, but I assure you it’s genuine. Walker Lake is in a desert (like the rest of us), has had serious environmental problems (it’s recovering), doesn’t have much surrounding it (Hawthorne), and I would go there to camp for a weekend in a heartbeat. I spent a night with my family on the east side of Lahontan in the spring, and it rocked. Walker is less desolate than either Lahontan or Pyramid, but looks exactly the same, except for the awesome mountains to Walkers west. It’s what’s here, let’s cherish it. Also, get out of the car, at least, when taking the picture. I hate reflections. (FuzeBlog)
  • Bravo, Kirk Caraway. Keeping things even slightly in perspective is important. Being willing to step out of one mold and keep people honest is very important. Kirk does both with this post. (Kirk Caraway)
  • Myrna the Minx points out that (s)he is one of those people who doesn’t understand what collaboration’s purpose is and why that has everything to do with what is happening at the RSCVA. The RSCVA’s Project Brainstorm program was created to allow citizens, who normally are excluded from the decision-making process that governs regional marketing efforts and the way your city or town is portrayed to the rest of the world, to play an active role in the decisions that will govern that plan going forward. Going with the uneducated, moronic equivalent of “The newspaper just wants us to do their work for free” stand-by that general malcontents always seem to come back to only further illustrates her general cluelessness as someone who asks people to post on her site when she leaves town for Pogues concerts, yet can’t understand that we (society) should all be in this together—even the government agencies among us. If you don’t have anything to add, then STFU and get out of the way.1 (Reno and Its Discontents)
  • The RGJ has a high school sports podcast. High school sports is something I wish I could spend a little time following. The kids work their butts off, the competition is intense, and the atmosphere is pretty exciting. My high school isn’t giving me much reason to get fired up about any of it, unfortunately, so I haven’t had a real compelling reason to get into it. But, if you are into it, check out the podcast the RGJ is putting together. It’s actually short enough to keep your attention, and as a companion to their preps site, is a great addition. (RGJ)
  • I wasn’t even interviewed! OK, I did leave the comment on the food blog wth that exact quote, but I had no idea it was in the paper until I got a phone call from someone simultaneously commending me on my quote and scolding me for not taking her husband to the Cabela’s Media Photoshoot thing. A true customer would have wanted to avoid the naked mannequins, though. You don’t want to see how these things are put together. Also, on the Pho front, the Pho joint in Carson City has closed. I tried to go there but was greeted with locked doors and a for lease sign in the window. The stuff was all still on the tables, though. (RGJ & Me!)

And just to be clear, please read the initial Reactionary Hurl so you can understand the context.

1 You might recognize the writing from that point. Only, when I make a claim, it actually has something to do with what the person was talking about.

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