Who are you anyway? A retired state employee always tired of state employees being scapegoated. I used to work for the Health Division and NDOT. Now, I work for myself. My name is, Jim Pierce.
Why did you start this blog? It helps me gets some things out of my head and calms me down… for a little while. I think it is a form of mental therapy but I am not sure it is working.
Are you paid to do the blog? Nope, but I do get an occasional verbal compliment, some nice blog comments and many visitors.
Does it cost you anything to do the blog? Just a little for the domain name “nvemployees.com” which I “point to” the Nevada State Employee Focus blog here on WordPress which is free. So, it mainly costs me my time but I think it well spent.
Are you a Democrat or Republican? I can be both and neither. I am a “Blue Dog Democrat”, conservative fiscally who believes in responsibility from all sides and at all levels. I admit I have some liberal tendencies. Horror of all horrors!
Democratic liberals and Harry Reid don’t like people like me and neither do typical Republicans, especially those who have lost their way. Almost all Republicans in Congress have lost their way. The same for those in the Nevada Legislature and the Governor’s office. A party of “No” means a party of “No-thing”. Barry Goldwater must be spinning in his grave!
You are pretty damned opinionated! Thank You!
How long have you lived in Nevada? Since July 1965 (Reno) so that makes me a “semi-native”. My birth state is Texas.
How old are you? In my mind I am 26 but my body sometimes argues with me.
Are you allied with any political or business group? Nope. I support those who support both active and retired state employees. Support for state employees is a choice and I think a good one!
Have you been to the Legislature? Yes, but not for many years. As a state employee I spent many hours there and never liked it. The whole process is annoying and frustrating and I recommend it to every citizen. I also get a bad feeling even driving by their building because I know what goes on inside.
If I went there now, I might “say something” and my wife would get mad at me! Plus, getting an audience with a legislator is not easy, no matter what they say. You are not THAT important to them!
Can you influence legislation? Nope. I wish I could. If only “they” would see things as I do! I send letters and e-mails like anyone else and write this blog. Only lobbyists and big business truly influence legislation in Nevada. That’s the truth and I have seen it first hand! “The people” have little say other than to exercise their right to vote for someone they think will do a good job and work for the “People of Nevada”.
What do you really think about ex-Governor Gibbons? My blog posts say it all. But if you need another example:
Some time ago in 2009, I sent Assemblywoman Barbara Buckley, the head of the assembly a letter asking her to impeach Governor Gibbons. There has been no response and the Assembly hasn’t started the process so I guess the answer is, “No.” I didn’t expect an impeachment or response but I just had to ask, you know?
So, you think you could be the Governor? Sure… how hard can it be to just say no all the time and threaten state employees? Seriously, I would do it for minimum wage with no threats or intimidation, just cooperation with intelligent thought.
What do you think of Sandoval ? He hasn’t said much except , “No New Taxes” like Gibbons and doesn’t want to try and fix Nevada’s tax structure. Because of this, I am afraid he is clueless. Update: I now believe he is corrupt and incompetent.
How many people visit your blog? According to the ‘blogstats” within WordPress, it is tens of thousands.
Why don’t some of the links work? It is partly my fault for not verifying each one. In the heat of the moment I am not thinking about links. Plus, links change as webmasters rearrange their sites. Try highlighting the old link, do a right-click and then search it.
Why don’t you support teachers, police or firemen more (county and local employees)? They have collective bargaining rights and unions which ensure they get what they want. State employees do not have that so it is easy to make them the scapegoat for budget problems.
What do state employees say about furloughs and benefit cuts? I have talked to many and none like the cuts… but who would? They know there will be cuts and understand they are necessary. They are affected by the recession like any other Nevadan and they want to be treated fairly and with respect. I don’t think that it too much to ask!
How do you get ideas to write about? I react to what I read, hear and the voice in my head. I go to about a dozen websites every day and read what others are saying. Then I do research and put it together in a draft. I work on that for a while then post it when I am satisfied. But I am never satisfied so I keep posting.