My buddy Jon Ralston, Nevada’s #2
liberal blogger with a little-watched taxpayer-subsidized TV show, um, no
longer has the taxpayer-subsidized TV show.
“Jonny Boy,” as conservative Assemblywoman Michele Fiore calls him, announced on
Twitter Tuesday morning…
“I'm parting ways with PBS. It's clear that I ruffled feathers, and I
understand PBS' need to protect its donor base.I've had a great time doing #RalstonLive. We interviewed most of the
presidential candidates, many others. I worked w/fantastic people. I've been
working on an exciting opportunity to enhance the use of new technology in
delivering news and commentary. I'll be back.”
Allow me to translate…
“So few people watched my boring, obnoxious TV show that even PBS
couldn’t justify its existence.So they
canned me.But don’t worry, like herpes,
I’ll be back.”
Jonny Boy also extended his “thanks to all who watched
Indeed, I hear he called all seven of them personally!
Not that I own a crystal ball or anything, but I did predict
this would happen way back on February 15, 2015 when the Boy Blunder announced joining
the Sesame Street network…
“If you thought Jon’s audience was small on NBC – and judging by the
ratings, it was! – you’ll be able to fit all the viewers of Ralston Jive! in
the back room of a Denny’s.At this rate,
his next gig will be on a YouTube channel.”
probably the “new technology” he’s talking about.Although I wouldn’t rule out Etch-a-Sketch
I also got a kick out of Jonny Boy boasting of having “interviewed
most of the presidential candidates.”
The big one he never landed?The only one that really mattered: Donald
Trump.Trump wouldn’t give this
liberal tool the time of day no matter how hard he begged.
Another funny one: Somebody tweeted that this was a “sad day
hasn’t been a journalist for years.He’s
a liberal, special interest pitchman who moonlighted as Gov. Brian Sandoval’s “shadow” press
secretary during last year’s legislative session that passed the largest tax
hike in Nevada history.
And adding salt to the open wound: The little-watched
program was replaced with “BBC World News.”
British news will apparently draw a bigger audience than Ralston Jive in Las Vegas!
Fired from public television?
Karma.Pure karma for
a man who never met a bridge he didn’t burn.
Dr. Chuck Muth, PsD
Publisher / Irritator-in-Chief
P.S.Really getting a
kick of the media’s latest “big” story; that Hillary Clinton has raised $23 million to Donald Trump’s
next-to-nothing.And yet, her lead is
down to single digits…and falling.
I have read several
columns the past week in the Review Journal talking about trauma centers, as
the Health Board will meet Thursday to decide whether to allow three area
hospitals to get a Level III trauma center designation.This move will allow these hospitals to
better staff up and prepare for “low level” emergencies.
I have been
particularly bothered by the two opinion columns from Paul Harasim.He has taken the position that low-level
trauma centers provide a false sense of security.He then cites two cases of children who were
mistakenly taken to Level III centers instead of to the very fine Level I adult
and pediatric trauma center at UMC.
It is very
unfortunate that these patients and their families have suffered the way that
they have, but the issue is not with the care that they received at the Level
III centers. Since these patients were both children, they should have been
taken to UMC – the only pediatric trauma center in the valley.
This shows more the
important role that the Southern Nevada Health District Board plays in
educating EMS personnel and ensuring they understand the criteria for
determining where to take a patient. Unfortunately, mistakes do occur, but Mr.
Harasim is wrong to use that as rationale to deny the rest of the Valley access
to trauma care we deserve.
Level III Trauma
centers fulfill an important role in our community.
St. Rose is the only
Level III center serving the entire Las Vegas Valley, taking care of a lot of
“low level” trauma patients.But
according to Health Department records, St. Rose Hospital has suffered from
severe overcapacity with respect to its ability to provide emergency care to
patients. It operated under “Internal Disaster” status for 35 percent of the
total hours of operation from February 2014-2016, which significantly increases
the likelihood of trauma services not being available.
What this tells me
is that we need more Level III Centers that will reduce the capacity issues at
St. Rose, and provide patients access to care quicker.
As an Assembly
candidate running in the Sun City/Summerlin area, I have heard from numerous
residents about this issue.That area
has a large aging population, and there are no trauma centers nearby.Falls account for over 35% of all trauma
transports, and the rate is twice as high for seniors.
A Level III trauma
center located in the Northwest and Southwest, respectively, would better serve
the growing number of senior-living communities in the Sun City and Summerlin
areas, as well as North Las Vegas.
According to The
American College of Emergency Physicians, Nevada ranked dead last among all
states in its ability to provide access to emergency care.Part of that reason is that we only have 3
trauma centers to serve Clark and surrounding counties (about 8000 square
miles) and over 2 million people.As a
comparison, Chicago has 6 Level I trauma centers to serve 2.7 million people.
The last time Las
Vegas added a trauma center was in 2004, when two centers were approved. Since
then, the population has grown 30 percent.
Additional Level III
trauma centers caring for the lower-level trauma patients relieves overcapacity
issues at our area hospitals.It would
also allow UMC to focus on the more severely-injured trauma patients like Giulian
Grasso and Ty Whitman, as Mr. Harasim mentioned in his column.Their stories should be lessons for us all,
that we need more trauma centers in our community to protect our