State of the Nation

*Any statements in this issue of the Watch which are not sourced are mine and identified by “WW”.

37% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction. This includes 39% of men and 29% of women. 56% say it is on the wrong track including 47% of men and 57% of women. [Economist/YouGov 5/14/19]

In March, 31% of us were satisfied with the way things were going in the United States while 67% were dissatisfied. [Gallup 4/9/19]
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Congressman Don Young (R-AK) has become the longest-serving Republican in the House of Representatives, surpassing the record held by the former Speaker of the House Joseph Cannon (R-IL) who once observed, “The House is the most peculiar assemblage in the world and only a man who has had long experience there can fully know its idiosyncrasies. It’s true we engage in fierce combat. We’re often intense partisans. Sometimes we are unfair yet, I venture to say that nowhere else will you find such a ready appreciation of merit and character.” [Speaker Pelosi 3/6/19] Continue reading “Congress”

Women Will Get It Done

Nevada is the first state in the nation in which a majority of the legislators are female. [WP 5/17/19]

For almost 20 years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to make the world better. When she and her husband launched the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, they knew only that they wanted to use their Microsoft wealth to stop children born in poverty from needlessly dying of ailments that were easily cured in developed nations. Since then, their mandate has evolved to include curing disease, developing and delivering new medications, lifting communities out of poverty, and increasing access to opportunity and education. A few years ago, Gates realized one thing unified all those goals: empowering women. Continue reading “Women Will Get It Done”

Restaurant: Et Voila!

Debbie and I went to Et Voila with William, Susan and David for an early dinner.

As you enter the restaurant, to the left there is a large three-sided square bar with highchairs. Folks can also sit here for dinner. There is other highchair seating in this area. Toward the rear of this area is a tall, 10 seat chef’s table. Continue reading “Restaurant: Et Voila!”

Restaurant: Madera Restaurant

The Sandhill is a 121-room hotel with guest rooms in a series of cottages, most of which hold 4 guest rooms. The cottages and the main part of the hotel include public areas, large and small event spaces, a classic bar and a restaurant surrounding a large swimming pool. Continue reading “Restaurant: Madera Restaurant”