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Tahoe Pine Nuts: England tells Europe what we told England in 1776

McAvoy Layne
Pine Nuts

Last week I had the honor of talking to a hundred or so superintendents of Nevada schools and high school principals at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

Of course we talked about the importance of education, and the fact that educators are having to teach non-cognitive skills now because those skills are not always being taught at home.

I know first hand that teaching social skills in the schools is working because I'm getting more hugs at the end of elementary enrichment programs than ever before. I have such faith in our next generation of Americans.

Mark Twain gets to read the Declaration of Independence just before the fireworks on Independence Day, a day more relevant today than yesterday with Jolly Old England saying to Europe what we said to King George in 1776.

The last time England shoved off from Europe, Henry VIII told the pope to take a hike when the pope refused to annul Henry's marriage to his first wife. We have our own Henry VIII in the making, but I don't want to think about him.

It seems that this Independence Day we find ourselves with three separate and equally dysfunctional branches of government.

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Hallowed principles continue to make coalitions impossible. In place of declaring grievances to King George, we are confounded by grievances to each other.

But at least in the midst of our governmental impairment we have a free and vibrant press. In the middle of a sit down by democrats in the House of Representatives, C-Span, when their cameras had been ordered turned off, teamed up with Periscope and Facebook to televise news via video-streamed social media.

Kayvon Beykpour, co-founder and chief executive of Periscope, said, "We always told ourselves that we were building a tool to give a voice to the voiceless. In this case, it's really ironic that the voiceless were our elected representatives."

Howard Mortman, a spokesman for C-Span, cited, "We want to show as much of Congress as we can — that's our mission. This gives us a way to show what's happening in an area where our own cameras are not allowed."

I, for one, would like to thank and congratulate our free and vibrant press for their temerity and innovation.

Journalist James Reston told us a generation ago, "Journalists are generally more interested in revolution than evolution." Our journalists of the 21st century seem to be keenly interested in both.

I have confidence that our next generation of public servants will have the magnanimity and civility to make coalitions possible again, and learn to disagree without being odious.

With a tip of the hat, and "every success" to our English friends across the water, I shall close this little screed with a quote from Warren Buffet, and a few words from our everlasting Declaration of Independence…

"Babies born in America today are the luckiest crop in history." – Warren Buffett

"All men are created equal and endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Enjoy an honorable, memorable and safe celebration of our independence.

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