Human Interest

Popularity of One’s Death

What a week we had with all the deaths in the entertainment world–Michael Jackson, Farah Fawcett and Ed McMahon. While the passing of these individuals is worth some attention, it astonishes me that our media seems to overlook the deaths of those whom I consider much more important! › Continue reading

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on Popularity of One’s Death

Why We Are Still Vulnerable

I’m sure by now that many of you have heard about the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. We all share our prayers and sadness for security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns, who while in the process of doing his job was shot dead by a domestic terrorist. › Continue reading

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Friday, June 12th, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on Why We Are Still Vulnerable

Jack Kemp…Just a Great Guy!

What a week it was…America lost so much! Las Vegas lost an icon in Danny Gans, Hollywood lost Dom Deluise, and Republicans like myself lost a great man in Jack Kemp! › Continue reading

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Saturday, May 9th, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on Jack Kemp…Just a Great Guy!

The Fragility of Life

Many of you may have heard the news that renowned Las Vegas Entertainer Danny Gans recently passed away. Like many, I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of this loss. All too often in life, someone so very remarkable is taken away from us too early. › Continue reading

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on The Fragility of Life

Leave My Subway Fare Alone, by Nathan Taylor

Ok, so I lived in Manhattan for a couple of years and I used to take the subways and buses all the time. As a Las Vegas native, it was a serious culture shock, taking the long, very long escalators so many feet underground. At first, I had these visions of getting mugged in the subway, because I had seen so much of that on movies and television over the years. Then I got used to it, and realized just how awesome mass transit was in New York City! › Continue reading

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Saturday, March 28th, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on Leave My Subway Fare Alone, by Nathan Taylor

Old West Returns During Bad Economy

I was reminded this morning by a story featured on CNN that when times get tough our society can easily turn back the clock.

Remember those old western movies where the bad guys would ride up to a ranch on their horses with their rifles and steal horses and cattle? Well, believe it or not, those days are back again! A story today on CNN featured a ranch owner in Texas that’s having trouble with someone stealing her live-stock. › Continue reading

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Monday, March 23rd, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on Old West Returns During Bad Economy

Irresponsibility and Greed Led to Death

When I heard the story of the New York man killed by a herd of customers at a Wal-Mart, I was shocked! I often wonder the priorities many people have during the holiday’s and how they go about themselves during the shopping season. It seems that there are so many folks that forget what the Christmas season is really about.

While it is nice if you can afford to buy your friends and family gifts, it shouldn’t cloud ones mind as to the true meaning of Christmas. Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ is really what it is all about. However, I have many friends that are not Christians and choose to celebrate that holiday’s by just being thankful for what they have. Non-Christians tend to celebrate the holidays by spending time with friends and family and focusing on what is really important in life.

How it saddened me to hear that someone who was just working part-time, doing their job, and meant no harm while putting in his hours at a Wal-Mart was killed by customers that were clearly greedy and irresponsible in their actions. What does this say about our so-called civilized nation? When people act like a herd of cattle, with total disregard for human life, only to save a few dollars on some Christmas gifts! All of those individuals who lined up outside that door and didn’t bring the escalating problem to the attention of law enforcement should truly be ashamed of themselves.

I can’t fathom the thought of someone so eager to save a few bucks that they would have total disregard for human life. I believe life is precious and fragile and that everyone should respect it. Rethinking our priorities can sometimes help us all become better people, and keep us from not realizing the true meaning of something. These holiday’s are unique compared to others, since many of us don’t have the resources to spend the kind of money we usually do. While it may sound a little depressing to some, I believe that in many ways this could be a good thing. Realizing and appreciating the simple pleasures in life can help us to humble ourselves, and find other ways to enjoy life! This holiday season, lets all try to remember what is really important in our lives–family, friends, a warm place to sleep at night and food in our bellies; life’s too short!

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 Human Interest No Comments

Tough Times Bring Us Together

Family usually ranks pretty high on the priority list for most people, and during these tough economic times, that couldn’t more true. It seems that none of us have a whole lot of extra money to spend these days and the everyday luxuries are being cut back drastically. In recent months many of us have had to cut back on trips to the coffee shops, nail salons, tanning beds and as I’ve read in recent articles, housekeepers, lawn maintenance companies and pest control providers are being canceled by the thousands.

In order for many of us to afford putting gas in our cars, putting food on the table and paying the utility bills, drastic changes in our everyday spending habits has to change. With credits markets practically frozen, many folks can’t qualify for auto loans, home loans and those who could once count on drawing money on the equity in their homes find themselves upside down due to falling home prices. I know this sounds very doom and gloom, but believe it or not, there is a brighter side to all the negativity in our world today.

While it shouldn’t take a crisis to bring people together, we often find this is the reality in most of our lives. We saw how the country came together and people’s priorities changed after 9/11 and now we are seeing that happen in another way today. Families are coming together to support each other in ways they may not have otherwise have done with the economy is such shambles. I was pondering the thought of something bad happening to my family and realizing all the sacrifices I would be willing to make in order to help them–I know this would be the case for many American’s who cherish the importance of family. Throughout our nation’s history, we have seen how people come together to support one another during desperate times. During The Great Depression families, friends and communities had to come together to make sure that everyone was able to have something to eat and a place to sleep. I’m not sure this current crisis will reach the magnitude of The Great Depression, but something I can guarantee is there is definitely a need for all of us to stick together and support each other in any way possible.

Not everyone shares the same priorities in life, but there is one aspect of everyone’s life that remains constant. I speak of the passion, focus and love most of us have for our families. When one of our family members is down and out, we often come to their rescue. In many ways, this is an inherent instinct we have to protect the one’s we love. As America faces one of the worst economic down-turns in our countries history, we all must refocus our efforts on the importance of supporting the one’s we love.

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 Human Interest No Comments

Tony Snow is “Love”

As I sit here at the computer today to write a tribute to the now late Tony Snow I do it with a soft heart, tears in my eyes and a sincere feeling of loss. How can I possibly put into words the deep personal feelings I had for Tony Snow? Usually I’m not at a loss for words, but today when I turned FOX NEWS on to hear that the world had lost one of God’s great creations, I could only sob and lament for his family; immediate and extended.We often hear that the good die young, and in this case that phrase couldn’t be more accurate. I was fortunate enough to know folks that had met Tony and they always expressed admiration when referring to him. Over the course of the next few days we will be hearing from those closest to Tony, talking about what he was like to work with, be a friend of and just have in their life.

What attracted so many people to become fans of Tony Snow was his unique way of communicating with others. Tony communicated in a manner that most people in the media business can only dream of. His honesty, integrity, strong character, passion and above all LOVE is what made him the man he was. Tony loved his family, loved God, loved his work and loved the American people. His dedication to bringing the truth to the citizens of this country, and his uncompromising focus of the issues is why President Bush named him Press Secretary.

I enjoyed listening to Tony speak about the issues because I always knew he was giving it to me straight. I knew he was relaying his honest opinion about a subject and that if he disagreed with someone about something he would make it known. Tony was a man that exemplified love of God, love of country, and love of family. As a news junkie, I was often glued to the television listening to Tony on FOX NEWS SUNDAY or listening to him on his radio show. I must admit that I was a little disappointed when Tony Snow took the Press Secretary job, since I knew how much he would be missed doing political commentary. However, I couldn’t have been more proud of Tony’s reasons for accepting the job. I remember him saying that he wanted to serve his country, serve the President and take a once in a lifetime opportunity. How refreshing to see someone in the political world take a job for the purpose of serving others rather than serving himself. Tony didn’t need the White House Press Secretary job and as many know he had to take a pay-cut when he accepted the position.

We have all lost a real man, one who wasn’t afraid to show his emotions. So often in my life I have heard the saying that real men don’t cry. Well I have never believed that and when I saw Tony speak about his cancer in the White House briefing room, I couldn’t help but get emotional myself. Tony taught us all to enjoy life to its fullest, treat others the way we want to be treated, and love what we do. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tony’s family and all those that were so close to him. While I didn’t know Tony personally, I had a deep affection for a man that defined one of the most important emotions in the world; LOVE, that is Tony Snow!

Nathan Taylor

Saturday, July 12th, 2008 Human Interest No Comments

Proud To Be An American

As we celebrate this years Fourth of July, I reflect on the things that make me proud to be an American-I’ll just list a few that are near and dear to my heart!

  • The right to free speech
  • The right to bear arms
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of the Press

While I could go on listing more of the Amendments to the Constitution that make me proud of our forefathers, I’ll leave it to those few that come to mind. I’ve always been the eternal optimist, but today I think a lot about the future and where we could be headed. I pray often that our country and its leaders can continue to learn from our mistakes.

Our country is young and has accomplished more in its short time of existence than anyone could have ever predicted. While we are loved, feared, hated, revered, and often targeted, our spirit as a people continues to thrive. Our resilience is unmatched in modern society and with a new generation soon to take the helm of our nation I remain optimistic.

Being an American is much more than recognizing the gift of freedom we possess. It is being able to adapt to change while not forgetting what is important about the past. Most of us have heard the saying, “you can’t go forward without knowing where you have been”, well that’s one of my favorite quotes because if taken to heart it can keep us all grounded.

Just a few things that I’m truly of:

I’m proud of our military personnel that make sacrifices every single day to protect the freedoms we so cherish. I’m proud of my grandfather who served in the military and cared deeply about the future of this nation. I’m proud of those who exercise their right to vote and take the time to engage themselves in the issues. I’m proud of those who seek public office, and dare to share their views while popular or unpopular. I’m proud of American companies that keep their businesses here and employ so many of our citizens. I’m proud of Judges who rule based on the law and refuse to legislate from the bench. I’m proud of those who volunteer to improve that quality of life for others. I’m proud of law enforcement officials that spend time away from their families to dedicate themselves to protecting our borders and ensuring the security of our cities, neighborhoods and streets. I’m proud of young people who work hard in school and strive to be productive members of our society. I’m proud of single parents that make sacrifices to provide for their kids and encourage them to be model citizens.

I could write a novel just on the things that I’m proud of in this country, but instead I’ll leave you with this. I’m proud to be an American because this is the one place on earth where we can be ourselves. We don’t have to hide who we are and life continues to go on despite any faults we may have. Personal responsibility, accountability and always daring to hope and dream makes America the greatest country on earth!

Nathan Taylor

Friday, July 4th, 2008 Human Interest No Comments
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