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Proud to be an American
As the two major political parties are about to finally adopt their slate of candidates for president and vice president, all the while pushing platforms that are steeped in change, I would hope one result in all this change would be that our citizenry would finally all call themselves Americans.
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Sarah Palin: The star of the show
The Republicans and John McCain just raised the stakes in the presidential election.
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Presidential race maybe not so silly
Politics is a topic about which I rarely write. I don’t know much about politics and I certainly don’t care much about it. Since starting my column just over a year ago, I have tried to stick to writing about things that excite and inspire me. Usually such things involve alcohol, women, having fun and being generally ridiculous. On rare occasion something that happens in the city or the world inspires me, but not often. If I do write about a s...
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Spanish Springs Peak: Wildlife, petroglyphs, vistas
Looking east from the housing tracts rapidly filling up Spanish Springs Valley, the highest mountain dominating the skyline is Spanish Springs Peak, 7,405 feet high. I live in the southeast corner of the valley about 3,000 feet below the peak. I have been on top of it on horseback, and one time my brother Gavin and I hunted deer up there. But I had never started at the bottom and climbed to the top on foot before, so I decided to take the chal...
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Mr. Obama, meet Mr. Durocher
“Win any way as long as you can get away with it. Nice guys finish last.” Thus quoth Lippy Leo, manager of the Giants the last time they won a World Series in 1954. Durocher also posted a winning record with the Chicago Cubs. The current Cubs manager, Lippy Lou Piniella, is likewise not noted for diplomacy or shyness. Since he is a long-time resident of The Windy City, I assume that Sen. Barack Obama has gone to few Cubs games. If not, he shou...
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Paris brings out the superlatives
PARIS — This is the greatest city in the world. It overflows with priceless art. It abounds in fine museums and famous and historic landmarks. But August is a terrible time to visit. Many Parisians shutter their businesses then, leaving the city to the hordes of worldwide tourists who rob Paris of much of its pleasure. Contemplation of the “Venus de Milo” and the “Mona Lisa” in the Louvre is impossible because of the swarms of people with thei...
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No class workers
This holiday weekend moves certain stories off the back pages and features them as illustrative of Labor Day and the workers celebration. As usual the news was couched in the most positive images, with America leading the developed world in worker productivity. The average employee in the United States produces something over $60,000 in goods and services to their employer, almost 10 grand more than the nearest competitors in Europe. In return...
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History repeats
On TV the other night, I saw Harry Truman give his acceptance speech at the 1948 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. The issues that were facing the country at that time were eerily similar to what the country is now facing.
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Chicago politics will never change: Where’s Eliot Ness when ...
Last week’s news reminded me of something my old boss, Norman Gubler, told me 40 years ago. Norman was an honest, hard-working man, an elder in the Mormon church and a millionaire.
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First day of school is not just for the kids
Monday was not only the first day of school for many kindergarteners and first graders in Washoe County. It was also the first day of school for more than 250 new teachers to Washoe County School District.
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The evil empire eats its appetite
The only way evil men can prevail is if good men do nothing.
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Windfall salary tax needed for ‘higher education’ bureaucrats
Economically, our state faces some mighty rough sailing.
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The old man and the water park
If you’ll excuse me, I just got water up my nose again.
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Bush leaves calamitous legacy
"We talk about a representative government. But what a monster of a government is that where the noblest faculties of the mind and the whole heart are not represented."
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Education gulags
It’s still not too late to save your children from a life of pre-planned ignorance and cultural brainwashing.
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Welcome to Nevada: Next services are across border
I am waiting to see a sign at the Nevada border that welcomes people to our state with the disclaimer: “No medical or educational services.”
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Russia has Georgia on its mind
The Russian bear has decided to forget about political hibernation and poked its military head in the face of Bush politics.
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John Brown and ugly Americans
The French symbolist poet Mallarmé wrote wearily: “The flesh is sad, alas, and I have read all the books.”
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Into the depths of underage drinking at Farmer’s Market
My eye darted to my reflection in the front glass of Hello World Travel in Victorian Square. Man, I was a bad impostor.
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