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Crapshoots, trapshoots and turkey shoots
by Andrew Barbano
Aug 07, 2010 | 795 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the past couple of weeks, national media have been reporting a slow uptick in the economy coupled with a stubborn stall in hiring. Employers enforced huge cutbacks while the burning Bushies torched the American Dream, some cutting much more than necessary. American workers now produce much more for much less, laboring in the well-founded fear of future layoffs. As a result, we remain by far the most productive workers in the world per hour worked.

So, how would you like to be burdened doing the jobs of six people for one person’s pay? Some employers continue to run their workers into the ground.

The Carrows restaurant chain eliminated bus trays a year or more back. Food servers must now run dishes directly back to the kitchen, which means hundreds of more trips per week for the understaffed operations.

Servers already had five jobs: seating/hosting, food service, pantry (soups and salads), bussing and cashiering. Now, they also have to wash dishes. Six for the price of one. Business has been picking up but the servers are not picking up any extra help — or pay.

Carrows needs a union.

Crapshoots, trapshoots and turkey shoots

John Cahill of the Nevada Outdoor Democrats advises that the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is sponsoring a sporting clays shoot the morning of Aug. 15 at Sage Hill Clay Sports, 7370 Desert Way in Reno. For information, contact Paul McKenzie at the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada/AFL-CIO in Sparks, 355-9200.

Speaking of crapshoots, Washoe County district attorney candidate Roger Whomes is holding two fundraisers this week to develop support for his attempt to turn the race against madcap incumbent Dick Gammick into a turkey shoot.

The first will be held on Tuesday up Tahoe Way at 1140 Vivian Lane in Incline Village from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Anyone who wants to attend should contact Donna Prishmont at (775) 831-1662 or 741-6921, or e-mail

The fun party will be this coming Friday the 13th at the very hip Cathexes Architectural Studios, 250 Bell St. just north of Second Street in downtown Reno. It begins at 5:45 p.m. and features the entertainment of local lawyer and longtime folk rock artist Geoff White and his Smokin’ Bulldogs, a group of superannuated Beatles specialists, albeit without much hair.

That’s cool, because Mr. Whomes has little hair and Mr. Gammick has none, but as long as he pays his 99 bucks at the door, I’m sure Big Roger will make him feel most welcome.

The DA might show up anyway, or just send the DEA with his warmest personal regards. Mr. Gammick has been known to suffer extreme kneejerk reactions when he hears anybody’s smoking anything, even if it’s bulldogs. For more info, go to

Joe Neal 75

According to former Reno-Sparks NAACP President Eddie Scott, Sen. Joe Neal’s July 30 birthday bash was one helluva party. The food was great and, better yet, free. The turnout was huge. Mr. Scott did a great job representing us frozen norte Nevadianos at the North Las Vegas event.

“It was held at a community center where the people are, not on the Strip,” Scott noted. The longtime former Democratic state senator wouldn’t have had it any other.

Sen. Neal thanked the crowd and noted that he’s been recovering from (oxymoron alert) “a slight stroke.”

I made it my business to make sure that invitations were sent to everyone who showed up to witness Neal’s historic filing for governor in 1998.

Two had already left us, Reno-Sparks civil rights legend Bertha Woodard and Carson City Democratic Party official Lewis Rosenberg.

Alas, a third must now be added to the list of the lost. Distinguished educator and former Carson City Democratic Chair Pat Potter passed away last Thursday at the age of 80 after a long illness. She taught in the capital city school system for 25 years and went on to win election to the Carson-Tahoe Hospital Board of Trustees, eventually chairing the body.

You can read a full obituary about this great lady linked to the expanded web edition of this column at, where you will also find Sen. Neal’s very entertaining and often hilarious oral history of his four decades in public life.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 41-year Nevadan, second vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP and editor of  E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.
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