Man is the bears’ problem
It looks like we’re going to have bear hunting in western Nevada. If that is the case, I’m going to be looking for someplace to hide real soon.
There’s a WikiLeak in my ethics
A person gets hold of sensitive government documents, publishes them and causes international uproar. Sounds like a classic case of journalism in action, doesn’t it? Or is it?
The holiday season is upon us, once again, and America’s annual consumption binge is well underway. The successful campaign to convert a religious observance into an ecumenical festival of greed has now expanded past the former calendar boundary of Thanksgiving to any week after Halloween in which the stores have hung red and green decorations.
Obama surrenders to pro-rich GOP
It’s awfully difficult to go lower than a scurvy politician but President Obama has done it easily. He made a deal with Republicans to extend Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.
If the Las Vegas Strip is transformed into one wide river of cowboy hats and Wranglers, you know it’s time for the National Finals Rodeo.
Don’t ask, don’t tell: Sodom and Gomorrah
Discrimination in our military has always existed. During our great American Revolution, black men were not allowed to join the Continental Army on the battlefield against Great Britain. That policy quickly changed when the English offered the slaves freedom and a mercenary’s wage to join the British army. Although they were segregated from the white soldiers, they were led by white officers in combat. Usually, they were in command of all the ...
“If we tolerate this, there’s something wrong with us.” Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) said this about the “enhanced” Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) procedures creating controversy and national headlines. And by “enhanced” I mean enhanced levels of radiation (the safety of which most doctors can’t seem to agree on), enhanced money lobbied to Capitol Hill for the enhanced number of body scanners (by the manufacturers of said scanner...
Small towns hit the ‘bust’ in Nevada’s ‘boom and bust’ history
Nevada is known for its boom and bust development over 144 years of existence as a state. In almost every instance, mining has been the protagonist in both the boom and the bust. Last week, another bust occurred not because the ore played out. The bust occurred because the economy played out for the populace of 475 in the two tiny communities of Empire and Gerlach in northern Washoe County. United States Gypsum, which has been the mainstay of ...
The media are all fretted up over one of the freshman congressman who hasn’t yet learned to keep his mouth off certain forbidden topics.
Thanks for real friends, loving parents and human kindness
The frigid night air shrouding the aging tenements was filled with the scent of ethnic cooking as misty cold fog weaved its way through the downtown neighborhood. The frosted street lights could barely sneak a peek at the empty streets below waiting for nature’s gift to snowmen. But the chilled night would soon be warmed by the fire of the human spirit — the spirit of Thanksgiving. In my house, the night before Thanksgiving was the beginning o...
Respect for a family in Elko
Every Thanksgiving since 2002, my thoughts turn to a family in Elko. While I haven’t seen or spoken to any of them in almost 10 years, they are in my mind constantly as the November holiday approaches. This family lost their 18-year-old son and brother, Josh Nash, when he was killed in a single-vehicle accident between Wells and Elko the morning of Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, just four days before Thanksgiving. He was survived by his parents, an ol...
Where has the Christmas spirit gone?
The Thanksgiving turkey gravy hadn’t even congealed yet and people were already camping out at shopping malls waiting to be the first in line to get the “Big Deal” at the start of the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday was upon us. Undoubtedly there would have been numerous paper boys in the country’s emergency rooms — if we still had paper boys — with various muscles pulled from tossing the 5- or 6-pound newspapers loaded with all the ad...
Ronald Reagan, in his later years as president, favored a nap after lunch to revive his mind for the later part of the day of decisions that was his job.