Time for a tourmark change
Sometimes politics is humorous. The latest attempt by Sparks' tourmark (Tourism and Marketing) committee to find a new theme for Sparks is downright hilarious. In an attempt to generate more tourists and market Sparks as a destination resort, the City Council approved $114,000 to hire Destination Development of Seattle to create a "new brand" for our rail city. The out of state consulting firm, using their limited creative skills, determined o...
Stimulus about power — not economics
Those of us still debating the economic merits of the New Deal, Franklin Roosevelt’s government-based economic rescue package, comparing it to the Obama “stimulus” have missed the point.
An unforgettable icy plane ride
With the tragedy of the crash of the commuter airliner near Buffalo, New York still fresh in our minds, I feel compelled to tell of my experience with aircraft icing conditions.
100 years of enduring lessons
The Sparks Tribune has been in existence for 100 years. That means this little newspaper has seen two world wars, the progression from horse and buggy to hybrid vehicle, the expansion of communication from slow-moving signals over wires to instantaneous messaging across the globe via satellite signals, and much more.
Obama’s plan: Coxey’s army returns
How original is Obama’s new plan to save the economy? And where does that magic $800 billion come from? I have an excellent series of American history books published by Yale University in 1928 called “The Pageant of America.” History has a remarkable way of repeating itself and, as you will see, not much really changes with the exception of how it is perceived. In 1893 we had a major recession, with unemployment reaching 20 percent across the...
Taxing the rich in the time of the poor
When Jimmy Carter was President, the elite rich tax bracket was at 70 percent. What that meant was that when someone made several million dollars, the last few million were taxed at 70 percent and they got to keep 30 percent. The average workers tax rate was close to what it is now, about 28 percent. All that changed with President Ronald Reagan. He first lowered the top tax bracket to 50 percent and by the end of his second term it was down t...
Flying hot rods: Invisible moths from outer space?
I just happened to catch one of History Channel’s “Monster Quest” episodes about a UFO they called “flying rods.” They appear to be both flat and cylindrical while soaring high in the sky like a miniature rocket from outer space. They fly through the air using three sets of opposing wings or fins resembling a cuttlefish and range in size from 6 inches to 3 feet long. They can turn on a dime and travel at such high speeds they are not visible t...