Let sleeping laws lie
This week I watched a documentary on Timothy McVeigh, the “American terrorist” who bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
The education bubble and the charisma gap
Now that victory has been achieved over the Washoe County high school graduation rate, it is not too early to erect a bronze statue of Heath Morrison, a bureaucrat of tremendous charisma and tremendous talent for the clever use of Arabic numerals.
A Farewell Toast to Mrs. E.
Thirty years ago, Laurie Edgington (Mrs. E.) began her teaching career in Washoe County. For 29 of those years, she taught first-grade students at Florence Drake Elementary School in Sparks. This year, she is retiring from her dedicated service to primary education to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Florence Drake School will never be the same without her. Great teachers are not born between the pages of knowledge, whims of adm...
NATO outdated, Obama militarist
Ministers from 28 nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization held a summit meeting in Chicago last week, triumphantly proclaiming the status quo and proving NATO’s irrelevance.
My new life of independence — with the full support of my mo...
Graduation: the beginning of independence. I’m told that now I am entering the real world of punching time clocks and eight-hour shifts — a lifestyle that I am supposed to hate. I am moving on to real life. What I was not told about independence is how proud I would be to look back on the many years of stability my parents provided me. I won’t ever be able to say that I made it through college on my own, or that I struggled to find support in ...
The gay man who changed my life
One quality of youth is the feeling that we can do anything and everything. As age sets in, we realize just how fragile life really is. We also recognize milestones in our lives that are sometimes taken for granted during the course of our everyday race towards infinity. Unlike graduating from college, marriage, children and family, life-changing events can be subtle and unexplainable. One of the most important hours in my life was on a summer...
Since health care has become one of the hot-button issues on our national list of priority problems that we refuse to address in a realistic manner, it behooves us to examine the root causes of our medical shortcomings.