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You're not worth much dead or alive
Do you think your life is worth more than $566 a year? How about $1,483? Still not enough?Don't tell that to the government of the people. That's the value placed on NV Energy lineman Herbie Dempsey Goforth III, an electrical worker killed in a training accident near Las Vegas last September. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined NVE $43,000 for unsafe conditions and ordered the octopus to make changes by April 15. Tha...
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Religion invades public schools, defying Supreme Court
Despite the clear ruling of the Supreme Court that there must be a rigid separation of church and state, regressive states insist on dragging religion into public schools. A high school in Jackson, Ohio, has a devotional painting of Jesus, “The Head of Christ,” hanging in the hall students pass to go to the cafeteria. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill, allowing schools to pray over school intercoms and at assemblies, graduations a...
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Sen. Dean Heller: Betrayal of our Constitution
Senator Dean Heller’s recent vote opposing an expansion of background checks prior to the purchase of guns is typical of modern-day republican strategy to overthrow the ideals of our original Democratic-Republic party founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1792.
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From Benghazi to Boston
Last week’s horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon once again brought home to our shores the threat that exists in the pursuit of worldwide terror.
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Indictment of Thatcher long and harsh
The death of Margaret Thatcher makes it impossible to follow the 2,700-year-old Latin advice de mortuis nihil nisi bonum (speak no ill of the dead). There is nothing good to say about the woman dubbed the Iron Lady and Attila the Hen. Indeed, “death parties” and “dancing on her grave” took place in cities like London, Belfast and Glasgow. Graffiti urged: “Rejoice! Rejoice!” and “Rot in hell, Maggie.” Another graffiti artist, punned: “Iron Lady...
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Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake
I publicly wept when they looked at me. More than 6,500 young men and women fed into the meat grinder since 9/11. Come prepared to cry when you stare into the faces of the snuffed. "Always Lost: A meditation on war" plays at the Nevada Legislature through May 3. The name comes from Gertrude Stein who once opined that "war is never fatal but always lost." I could not disagree more with the former. I prefer the obviously accurate opinion of Jean...
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Air service area’s big problem
The recent news that the Safari Club had canceled an upcoming convention scheduled for Reno because of inadequate air service should be a wake-up call for all those that promote tourism.
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Sen. Dean Heller: half right, all wrong
A few weeks ago, the billionaire Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, announced he was donating $12 million of his personal wealth to form his own gun-lobbying committee.
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Sitting ducks in Sparks as storks stalk Carson
A lot of construction contractors got stiffed on the original Sparks Marina mess. Since then, the traveling salesmen responsible have put a proposed Imax theater out to bid a bunch of times. Insiders viewed it as a shuck to stir up financing through publicity. Some companies won't bid Marina projects anymore because the phonies have burned them too many times. It costs lots of money to prepare major construction proposals. The suede-shoes have...
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Grassroots politics is the heart of our democracy
Local elections in Reno and Sparks could soon provide an equal opportunity for anyone, with or without money, to win a seat on the Reno or Sparks City Council.
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Election of reactionary Pope Francis predictable
A letter writer to the Reno Gazette-Journal rightly characterized the new pope as “yet another old fart.”
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César Chávez's fight continues Friday
Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chàvez came from a humble upbringing to impact many lives.
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Weekend Stirs Olympic Memories
A week ago Sunday was a sports fan’s delight. You had a choice between the NCAA Tournament, the PGA tournament in Florida, the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, Collegiate Boxing Championships in Reno and the National Skiing Championships at nearby Squaw Valley. Of all those events, the one at Squaw Valley brought back the greatest memories. According to the fine book about those 1960 Olympic Games, written by David C. Antonucci, they had less than a...
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Staunch Republicans should embrace same-sex
After all these years conservative Republicans are still confused about their agenda and political platform. A good example is their opposition to same-sex marriage. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard the state of California defending proposition 8, a state ballot prohibiting gay marriage. Chief U.S. district judge Vaughn Walker overturned the new law saying the state had no constitutional right to exclude gays and lesbians from being lega...
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A terrible legacy left by U.S. war in Iraq
Everyone knows that the United States is the mightiest nation in the world. Few realize it is also the cruelest. Begin with American-imposed economic sanctions on Iraq, depriving families of vital medicines. Then it invaded, its “shock and awe” killing, destroying and crippling Iraq. After 10 years of war it decamped, leaving a frightful legacy of death, destruction and despair. On the 10th anniversary of that war, America is left with the sha...
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Fixing education: The bulldozer solution
What are the poor taxpayers to do? They got raped and pillaged for years by lagging assessments and preferential tax breaks for the chosen few. Now that property taxes are low, state and local governments are falling apart. What to do? The first step is for someone to say you can't have your cake and eat it, too. The time has come to make some hard decisions that go to the core of Nevada life as we know it. Perhaps anyone currently raising a f...
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Benghazi fires still burning
What was almost a dead issue – the Benghazi affair – has suddenly burst into flame again due to new revelations. The more than six-month old incident, which the Obama administration has consistently tried to cover up, was brought to the forefront when it was learned that there were 30 plus survivors of the infamous attack. The survivors have been kept under wraps in this country and have not been available to questions from lawmakers or the pr...
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The Easter Bunny isn’t a rabbit
Easter Sunday is one of those special days when symbolism, faith, superstition and families join together to share eternal optimism, spiritual healing and valued tradition. Maybe it’s the combination of good food, visiting with family and friends or just watching the kid’s searching for Easter eggs, it is always a great day. It seems, as I get older every day has a little more meaning and I'm sure this Easter Sunday will be no exception. But w...
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Sandoval, César Chávez and the Grateful Dead
"When your children and grandchildren take their place in America, going to high school and college and taking good jobs at good pay - when you look at them, you will say, 'I did this. I was there, at the point of difficulty and danger'. And though you may be old and bent from many years of labor, no man will stand taller than you when you say, 'I marched with César'." -- Sen. Robert F. Kennedy    Almost half a century has passed since RFK utt...
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Chavez: one of history’s great revolutionaries
America’s corporate media treated the recent death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez with the good riddance sigh of the sudden disappearance of the black plague. The major U.S. media, owned by six corporations, constantly misinformed and vilified him. Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research pointed out that “media reporting was effective in convincing most Americans that Venezuela was a ruinous dictatorship.” Incredibly,...
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