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Now is the time
It isn’t just a typing exercise any more. Now is truly the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.
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The sounds of ignorance: Don’t wish me a ‘happy Memorial Day’
There are some things in life that really annoy me. People playing their stereos full blast, idiots cursing and swearing inappropriately in mixed company, my neighbor’s motorcycle vibrating through the walls of my bedroom at 6 a.m. and politicians wanting to trade chickens for medical care are all annoying sounds of ignorance heading my list. Last Sunday morning another sound of ignorance made my most annoying list. I was watching the sports r...
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Americans should pay respects at Arlington Cemetery
Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day. It was a one-day event, not a three- or four-day mini-vacation as it is today. Originally, it was for the purpose of recognizing our war dead, but now families use it as a day to place wreaths and other forms of remembrance on loved ones’ graves as well. Probably our nation’s most recognized ceremony on Memorial Day takes place at Arlington Cemetery in our nation’s capital. The current president a...
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Thinking outside the classroom box
I’m usually quite secretive about this, but I’m not very comfortable around younger children. I hope I’m not dooming myself with that confession, considering I’m an education reporter who has worked hard to develop a decent rapport with the Washoe County School District, but it’s true. I’m not a mother, so I really wouldn’t know how to spend my time with anyone younger than 16 – or closer to 22, for that matter – because that’s my sister’s age...
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Amazed? You live in Nevada
Stick around the Nevada newspaper racket long enough, and you’ll see some amazing things. I’m not talking about one of the grand choreographed spectacles that regularly emanate from the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Reno. I’m talking about genuine, impossible-to-predict, head-scratching stuff. The tumble of consummate boomtown Las Vegas, for instance, is something that until a couple years ago only science-fiction writers would have predicted. ...
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An armchair lawyer deliberates
When the James Biela trial started I made the decision not to send a Tribune reporter to cover it. I knew it would be well-attended by numerous local media outlets whose reports we could carry. Not being in the courtroom gave me a chance to play armchair lawyer instead. Most likely I have watched too much “Law & Order” but I definitely formed some opinions about what happened, starting before the first witness was called. Thinking back on the ...
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Remember to forget
And so we enter on yet another three day holiday weekend with only the few and faithful paying attention, much less tribute, to the fallen in America’s multitudinous wars. Veterans and the politicians will assemble at various military cemeteries. Television will show rows of small flags and the ceremonies at the graves of our several unknown soldiers in our major conflicts of the last century. Some will remember Pearl Harbor, others will remem...
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Trying to brighten the unenlightened
“Hey Barbano, YOU CAN GO TO HELL, Cesar Chavez was an ILLEGAL ALIEN and a workplace terrorist in the Central Valley of California.  I know this because I grew up where he was active. I would NO MORE RECOGNIZE HIM AS A HERO THAN I WOULD HITLER. I would gladly tell Gibbons to totally disregard that proposed bill and honored that misfit and creep who started the demonstrations trying to force illegals to be accorded all the rights and services of...
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Failures of U.S. media
Just one issue of Extra!, monthly publication of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, answers the perpetual question: are the media conservative or liberal? The May issue of FAIR contains five stories that prove conclusively that the media are highly conservative. They are: • The House held a debate in March on the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Press coverage was scant. Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Massachusetts, noting just two reporters in the press gall...
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Rand Paul: The Liberty Bell and a political ding-dong
Like the crack in the Liberty Bell, there is a decisive crack in the Republican party. Last week’s primary elections in Kentucky and Pennsylvania demonstrated the political power of the Tea Party, the influence of extreme rightwing conservative philosophy, discrimination and a threat to our constitutional liberty. Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican member of the U.S. Senate since the Ronald Reagan victory in 1980, was defeated by fellow Democrat...
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The early voting experience
Early voting for the Nevada Primary Election started Saturday and will continue June 4. The primary election will be held on June 8. All registered voters should have received their sample ballot in the mail last week as long as the voter registrar’s office had their current mailing address. If for some reason a voter hasn’t received a sample ballot, one can be picked up by going to the Washoe County Registrar of Voters office or online at its...
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My life as a marathon: The easy route
My heart pumped and my feet pounded down the all too familiar and easy road this morning. I admit, it was a struggle getting out of bed, donning my sweats and hitting the running road. However, once out, I had a great, easy morning run. I don’t know about all runners, but I certainly have those paths that I take when I need an easy run. It starts with a little rolling uphill, some easy downhill and I can round out a little 3-mile run in half a...
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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.
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Hang ‘em high and watch ‘em swing
By the time you read this, former Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Al Gunderson’s private memorial service will be over.
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Real Marines don’t lie
I have a thing for Marines, always have.
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Kagan milquetoast court nominee
The trouble with Elena Kagan is that she is a lawyer.
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Public schools have failed!
It’s showdown time and your kids are in the pot with no raises left.
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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!
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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 ...
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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...
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