Courage to leave the old School
Frequently in journalism you will hear the phrase “old school.” This refers to business as usual without acknowledging the future — sometimes blatantly ignoring it. Resistance is a tool for most organizations that think there is no reason to fix what isn’t broken. In reality, journalism is — and will continue — experiencing a significant shift in the way it is delivered to its viewers. Online content has become a go-to source for many news see...
Mnemonics: an elementary idea for Nevada education
One of the categories on “Jeopardy” last Friday was “Mnemonics.” Knowing the answers to the questions didn’t qualify me as a genius, it just made me realize what mnemonics and a dedicated teacher meant to my life. Hospitalized and homebound for more than three years didn’t give me a free pass from education. At 12 years old, I figured I didn’t have to go to school because I couldn’t. That thought was soon dispelled when I was informed I was go...
Broccoli, Justice and Cheney’s Heart
With the wind to their backs, Team Obama expected the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act to sail through the Supreme Court like the championship vessel that it was once deemed to be by former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Guns, racial hatred and NRA
America has many problems but three of the biggest are its love affair with guns, its never-ending hatred of blacks and the reprehensible National Rifle Association.
Lottery losers have nothing to be sad about
My condolences go out to all of you who are suffering the post-Mega Millions lottery depression for having not won the big prize of $640 million. Suffice it to say, you are not alone. There are a gazillion others who are also suffering the loss of a dream fortune. Maybe, in retrospect, it is a blessing that you didn’t win after all. I’ve heard that many previous winners have either suffered loss of the entire fortune or suffered other personal...
Can a lottery save education in Silver State?
Welcome to Nevada: the gambling and fun capital of the world. Where you can bet on sporting events, waste your money on slot machines, pretend you’re having fun while losing at the blackjack table, bore yourself to death playing keno and enjoy the atmosphere of a local brothel. But don’t come to Nevada if you want to buy a lottery ticket. The lottery is illegal in a state that legalized prostitution and offers gamblers everything except a chan...
Let Verdictatorship Rule
In a nation that was founded on the ideal of self-rule by the citizenry, with a minimum of interference from the government, the accrued power of the police and courts is always suspect.
‘Stand Your Ground’ law is vigilante license to kill
The recent murder of black teenager Travyon Martin by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., is a good example of good intentions gone bad. Good intentions of state lawmakers and neighborhood watch volunteers have given vigilantes such as Zimmerman the license to kill. We all know the story. Getting snacks before watching the NBA all-star game, Martin walked through Zimmerman’s gated community to a friend’s house. On his...
Taking pride in community and community news
As I watched the Nevada basketball team’s season come to a close Wednesday on ESPN 2, I felt proud to see a familiar face as the players walked off the court. The TV cameras were focusing on the celebrating Stanford players, but in the background, with his camera slung over his shoulder, was Sparks Tribune photographer John Byrne. Seeing John on the court representing our newspaper made me realize that the sense of community among those in jou...
Gas Crisis is Worldwide
As my total ticked up at the gas pump recently, a nervous laugh escaped my lips. This rinky dink, ramshackle gas station thought they were going to get me, a red-blooded American, to pay $80 US to fill an 11-gallon tank. Then the nervous laugh melted into a humbling realization. Most of the civilized world pays more for a tank of fuel than Americans do. I found out the hard way that Grenada’s gas costs about $7 US per gallon, give or take a fe...
Back in the day
It’s hard to imagine and painful to remember the Truckee Meadows when they really were meadows, about equally divided between divorce dude ranches and horse and cattle grazing.