Thumbs up, thumbs down
Starting today, the Sparks Tribune will provide a monthly roundup of miscellaneous community events, government action and everyday occurrences and give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” in support or disapproval.
Kindness goes a long way
To the person driving the newer, dark gunmetal gray Honda Accord at about 9:40 a.m. on Friday in the Starbucks drive-thru on the corner of Pyramid Way and C Street in Sparks, I have two words for you: Thank you!
Revenge and a pound of flesh: When will it end?
The cost of getting our pound of flesh is costing Americans more than $1 trillion, higher taxes and the creation of record deficits. The U.S. government-sanctioned murder of innocent men, women and children in Afghanistan and Iraq under the guise of searching out terrorists for revenge is also taking a heavy toll on the ones doing the killing. A report last week released by the Army Surgeon General’s office said the treatment of mental health ...
Guidance for grads: Go for it!
As the graduation ceremonies end and the new graduates begin to truly commence the rest of their lives, they need to follow some basic tenets to be successful regardless of the level of education they have achieved. Many graduates have probably spent more time decorating their mortar boards than contemplating their futures, but after the celebrating, their futures are what lie ahead of them. Every graduate should live up to the creed put forth...
Al Gunderson: Thunder of the court silenced
Former Nevada Chief Justice Al Gunderson passed way Thursday at his Las Vegas home after suffering a stroke. Father Time has thinned the ranks of that magnificent small group of good people who in the 1970s made this region’s Multiple Sclerosis Society the top per-capita dollar producer in the United States. A few weeks ago, I reported the passing of Bette Drakulich. Bette’s husband, Steve, a former Golden Gloves boxer from McGill stricken wit...
The most fascinating aspect of the sudden surge in the gold price over the last year is the remarkable ignorance of the various media mavens called on to report the story. Not just the teleprompter reading blond info-babes, but the financial specialists, both network and outside broadcasting, none of who appear to know the first damn thing about the subject. One visiting economic pundit, when asked by his even less informed host how to buy gol...
Gender and geography
The magnificent author and son of the Great Santini, Pat Conroy, began “The Prince of Tides” with these words: “My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call.” Those 13 words imprinted on my brain when I first read them years ago and have stuck with me. Somewhat oddly, they came to mind a few days ago upon the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Much has been made of Kagan’s career path and her professional t...
It’s still man’s world
Barbara Kellerman writes in the Harvard Business Review that she’s sick of hearing about the “great strides” women are making in society. She cites these grim facts: Just 3 percent of Fortune 500 companies are headed by women. Just 7 percent of tenured engineering faculty in four-year colleges are women. And women are just 16.8 percent of the Congress. The figure on Congress places the United States a woeful 74th among the parliaments and cong...
If you can’t beat ‘em, play by their rules
In the early years of the 20th century, European immigrants were taken to Ellis Island in New York’s harbor to be processed for possible entry into the United States. Not all made the cut for a variety of reasons. If a person did not receive entry into the country, they were sent back to where they came from. Some were sent back due to diseases of various kinds, some were sent back for criminal history and some were sent back as their abilitie...
Can't stand the heat? Stay out of Arizona
If you look like an illegal immigrant in Arizona, you are subject to being stopped by the police. One sheriff spoke out against the law, posing the question, “How can you tell who is illegal or not?” Without any guidelines, no one is safe from being detained. Our immigration policies are quite restrictive so there are very few legal immigrants being admitted each year into the United States. So if you are a blond, white male in Tucson and spea...
Cannon fodder terrorists
The historic record is replete with examples of warlords willing to send their troops into sacrificial attacks without regard of the losses.