Reality and Duty

Patrick Gibbons

Carson City Regent Ron Knecht has been engaged in a battle of words with Jim Rogers recently. Knecht questions why education in Nevada cannot become better while also becoming less expensive like many goods and services within our economy.

He writes:

Manufacturing?  A twin-bed mattress and box spring in 1929 cost the average-wage worker 161 hours, but today it is less than 24 hours, and the bed is more comfortable.

Communications?  In 1915, a three-minute long-distance telephone call cost 90 hours of average work; today it's less than two minutes of work, and you can make the call nearly anywhere.

Transportation?  Today, a typical new automobile costs a worker about 80% as many hours as it did 50 years ago, and today's car is much safer, more fuel efficient, less polluting and has much better amenities and value.

Read Ron Knecht's full commentary, "Education and Nevada's State Budget: Reality and Duty