Aces Among Giants?
Happy baseball season! For major league players this means making the long trek home from a sunnier, smaller spring training venue to a larger and temporarily colder ballpark. For AAA teams like our Reno Aces, about to embark on their sophomore year in the Biggest Little City, it means another season of skill sharpening, entertaining the local fans and the chance to be sent up to the majors at any time either for a permanent gig or to fill in ...
Nuclear Posture Review
When history is writ on the Obama presidency, this his second year will probably be the defining time of his first term. The nation’s future will be redefined on several fronts, from energy policy to turn away from fossil fuels to reining in the rapacious greed that has become the benchmark of capitalist financial wizards; from the environment to Afghanistan and the war on jihad, all begging for solution, preferably in time to rescue congressi...
Pope compliant in Pedogate
natural of sexual perversions. – Aldous Huxley, “Eyeless in Gaza” Pope Benedict XVI is not infallible after all. We now know that as archbishop of Munich the future pope allowed the transfer of a priest molester. As archbishop he looked away despite repeated warnings about a Wisconsin priest who sexually abused 200 deaf boys. He did not reply to a plea that the Wisconsin priest be defrocked. The priest had signed to the deaf boys that God want...
As we morph from winter into spring and summer, the incidences of gang activity seem to ramp up as the daylight hours increase along with the temperature. In the Reno area, we have an estimated 1,500 gang members. A gang is not a bad thing; the dictionary basically defines a gang as a group. Now there is nothing wrong with a group but the way today’s gangs operate, gangs are a pestilence to our society. Instead of doing good things for the bet...
Career mindset: It’s a matter of life and death
Tuesday morning, I walked up to the masked, menacing man and pulled my gun – but not fast enough. I was shot in the thigh. My untimely injury was the result of a detrimental mindset. Was this man really going to shoot me? No way. People are generally nicer than that. Before you wonder about my gun-wielding experience, be it known I do not live an alternate life as a law woman. This shootout was part of a Reno Police Department critical i...
Sarah Palin: phoenix for the conservative right
The political rhetoric surrounding the passage of the new health care bill is slowly subsiding as the opponents are finding less to complain about in the legislation. The Republican fiction, scare tactics, extreme acts of violence and political strategy used in their futile effort to defeat the bill not only divided the nation, it might have cost them more seats in Congress and blocked their future path to the White House. Out of the ashes of ...
Bully of the town
The news reports say that the vicious abuse of a teen girl “far exceeded the usual high school ‘hazing’ of the ‘new girl’ ” by her student peers.
A Springtime Bridge Game
With spring fever increasing and everyone looking for something different to do after spending the winter holed up in their own cave, why not give the game of bridge a try? There is a very eclectic group of more than 40 individuals who meet every Monday from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Lazy 5 Community Center in the Lazy 5 complex off Pyramid Highway to play bridge. Lessons are given starting at 9:30 a.m. for new players. Everyone brings a ...
A broadband bill of rights for Latinos
Universal broadband adoption is a key component of President Barack Obama’s agenda. As his historic campaign demonstrated, and his “First Internet President” moniker affirms, a high-speed connection is a “must-have” tool for civic engagement in the 21st Century. For sure, broadband technology is the ticket to economic and personal advancement in the new millennium; it’s creating jobs, helping to raise student test scores, delivering health car...
‘Disingenuous’ Or Deceptive?
Last week, the Sparks City Council voted on the proposal to reduce its pay by 7.5 percent in its effort to save taxpayers money during this time of financial uncertainty and budgetary shortfalls. Most of the members, but evidently not all, agree that giving themselves an increase in salary would be a political slap in the face to city employees and the people of Sparks. After all, how could they gain the respect of voters and their staff if th...
Let’s toast to quitting
One year ago, my after-work routine was the following: walk in the door, put down my camera bag, let the dog out, change my clothes, take a highball glass from the cupboard, fill it with ice, pour it half with bourbon, half with something else, drink.
Down for the count
After a month of media urging to fill out my census form and mail it back, I went down to my local postmaster and asked when I would receive this highly touted document.