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A WILD STORY THAT CAN BE TOLD NOW THAT THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON WANTON VW DESTRUCTION HAS EXPIRED

Our May 31 story about memories of Lake Mead prompted this doozy on our Facebook page:

My story comes from my father, who was born and raised in Las Vegas. Shortly before deployment to Vietnam, the Garth brothers (my father and his older brother) and some of their friends headed to Lake Mead for one last dip in what, at the time, was a beautiful and plentiful swimming hole. They believed they were going to die in war, so they were clearly not in their right minds. On the ride out to the lake, a group of people in a VW Beetle (with California plates) kept cutting them off and kicking rocks into their windshield, which eventually caused a spider crack in Dad’s ‘68 Camaro. Back then, I suppose, the road to the lake was made of dirt, or at least the part where they were headed. When my father and his company arrived at the cliff area where they planned on doing some diving, they noticed the Beetle parked right at the edge of the cliff, with the passengers having made their way down the cliff, into a clearing near the water where the walls of the cliff surrounded them almost completely, with the exception of the small opening of shoreline washing up and onto the landing. It was nighttime, so they had a fire going, all but blinding them to the view at the top of the cliff, where my father and his friends stood with their .22 rifle and fired off a few rounds at the cliff walls, completely scaring the shit out of the Beetle crew. After a couple of ricochets, which hurt no one, they proceeded to push the VW off the cliff into the Lake, where I’m told it remains.

BRIAN GARTH

(on Facebook)

WAIT, THIS IS THE WRONG KIND OF CASH CAB!

George Knapp’s May 31 column about being long-hauled by a Vegas cabbie elicited this:

Mr. Knapp is the awesome! Taxi mafia has too much power! They are an embarrassment and should be put out of business with proper public transportation throughout this city. These taxi thieves are usually the tourist’s first impression and this should be a bigger deal for the hotels and business relying on them. Don’t give up the fight, Mr. Knapp!

PILAR ISLANDINVEGAS

(on Facebook)

Editor’s note: You had us at “the awesome,” lost us at “public transportation throughout the valley” — hey, we’re realists — and got us back again with “Don’t give up the fight.” One short paragraph, yet an emotional roller coaster!

SO, APPARENTLY, WE SHOULD JUST LAY OFF A BUNCH OF TEACHERS AND PAY THE REST OF THEM LIKE SHIT?

Two weeks ago, we reported a few additional facts about the proposed layoff of Clark County teachers. Entirely predictable responses follow:

Contrary to union boss assertions, Nevada has tried increasing education funding to increase student achievement. In the last 50 years, Nevada has nearly tripled inflation-adjusted, per-pupil spending while results have stagnated.

That’s because there is little to no correlation between spending and student achievement: http://www.npri.org/publications/analysis-shows-little-to-no-correlation...

After 50 years of failure, it’s time to embrace proven reforms instead: http://www.npri.org/publications/follow-florida-on-education-reform

VICTOR

(on the website)

Editor’s note: You had us at … well, you never really had us, but you lost us — irretrievably, forever and thank God — when you cited NPRI as a source.

Funding education in Nevada is more about finding a way to pay for it, and that has to come from the community.

More money isn’t the solution, though. Having worked in the system, there is unbelievable folly, waste and unaccounted for inventory. I have seen rooms in schools full of old monitors, computers, tools, kilns, refrigerators, etc. I have seen principals spend thousands of dollars of frivolous purchases in order to spend surplus funds.

This is ultimately how education is funded in this state. We allocate and spend according to the present year and not the next year.

MARK.LA

(on the website)

Editor’s note: If we follow your reasoning, you’re saying that “funding education in Nevada” is really all about “finding a way to pay for it.” However, “more money is not the solution.” Huh. You may have a bright future at the Nevada Policy Research Institute.

DON’T LET THE DOOR TO THE DJ BOOTH HIT YOU …

Our blog post and story last week about house DJ Mark Farina being bumped from the decks at Marquee drew a huge response, sampled here:

This just goes to show that the majority of folks DON’T know/acknowledge LEGENDS, such as Mark Farina. The only type of “house” music these kids know these days is the commercial circus acts – deadmau5, skrillex, David Guetta, etc.

If I were Mark, I wouldn’t be pissed at all – I’d take it as a sign that his talent shouldn’t be wasted on those who DON’T appreciate it.

JUSTCOREY

(on the website)

The manager ought to be fired and blacklisted; the douchebags who try use they cash to change the tunes need to be NAMED and SHAMED in public, as they are scum.

MARCUS XL

(on the website)

Hey, this is exactly what happened to hip hop music. People with money caught wind of the potential profits and exploited it for the lowest common denominator. Turned it into a contest of bravado and conspicuous consumption. Get used to it, because it’s only going to get worse. But we’ll still have our venues that are still down and our underground shows.

LIVINGSTON TOTTINGSWORTH

(on the website)