The school-to-prison pipeline in Nevada
The phrase “school-to-prison pipeline” refers to the growing trend of public schools subjecting their students to the criminal process rather than dealing with student behavior issues at school. By subjecting students at an early age to arrests and criminal proceedings it makes them much more susceptible to being arrested and incarcerated when they complete public school or if they drop out. It makes them think this is “normal.” Our public s...
We will survive campaign season
The presidential campaign season is starting to ramp up in its intensity already. Each candidate has fired the first salvo of out-of-context campaign rhetoric at the other candidate and run the same blow endlessly in the various media. Apparently, each camp in this campaign is waiting to fire the main barrage, in what has been touted as a billion-dollar campaign for the presidency, until near the actual election day with hopes of bringing the ...
‘Fortnight of Freedom’: a political nightmare
The all-male political right arm of the Catholic Church is reaching deep into President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. They’re drawing a line in the sand that could determine who will become the next president of the United States. Church leaders have formed a coalition of Catholic organizations, dioceses and individuals under the banner “Fortnight of Freedom” to support right-wing Republicans and Rush Limbaugh in their battle against abortion, ...
Released from my cell
This last week I have been on vacation from the Tribune, but taking time off from one’s duties these days means more than just being away from the office.
And so it begins…
I secretly cross my fingers every four years, hoping that one day we will end up with presidential candidates who don’t make me cringe and roll my eyes at the same time.
We don’t need no education, part VIII
With the unholy new owners of St. Mary’s Hospital conducting mass firings and the Regional Transportation Commission trying to bust the Teamsters, I haven’t had a chance to update you about the latest depredations emanating from the sacred temples of education.
Student Athlete Redefined
As a volunteer for Dash for Dads walked me across the Sparks Marina to find her associate, we both couldn’t help but notice the beauty of the marina. The sun beating down on me reminded me of the previous day, also spent at the Sparks Marina. I pointed toward the beach and said “I was down here yesterday for the concrete canoe competition and…” “Oh how was that!?” she asked with an excitement in her voice, revealing she used to be like me. I w...
The epitaph for common sense in education
Three years ago, under the guise of humor satire and parody, the London Times published an article on their Obituary page mourning the passing of common sense written by Kassie Davidson. She made some good points, poking fun at government regulations, bureaucratic red tape and the Education system. She claimed the demise of common sense started when overbearing laws and regulations were set in place, especially in education. There is no logica...
Over-compensation for a perceived weakness is a common symptom of human insecurity which we should celebrate rather than ignore as we boldly travel through the mid-point of 2012.
County reminds workers to be safe
The National Safety Council, along with the Washoe County Health District, has designated June as National Safety Month, asking everyone to everyone get involved. The county is asking its citizens to become involved in focusing on keeping safe at home and at work, Health Officer Joseph Iser said. “Because the summer season is traditionally a time of increased accidental injuries and fatalities, it’s an appropriate time to focus attention on in...
Time to revise the Pledge of Allegiance
High school graduation parties are usually celebrations rewarding hard work and academic achievement. It’s a time for reminiscing about fun times with classmates, building hopes and dreams for the future and an opportunity to meet long-lost friends and relatives we haven’t seen for years. For me, last Saturday was no exception. I visited with a friend from India I haven’t seen for a few years. We met during a political forum about five years a...