Politics will be the end of the world
We had all better go out and purchase a really good set of seat belts to fasten on whatever chairs we sit in to watch television. The reason is that the end is near. The Republicans now have their “presumptive” presidential front runner and the Democrats will be close behind them, or so we think, and we had better be ready for the end. The reason we need the seat belts and had better be ready is that when and if all this commentary and banteri...
Hunger at home
Are people going hungry in northern Nevada? If they are, who are they? The answer to the first question is a resounding “Yes” and they aren’t the people you would necessarily expect to need food assistance. A survey in 2005 revealed that over 58,000 people received support from local food pantries and meal sites in northern Nevada. Many people assume that these people must just be the homeless who are unwilling to work. But a key finding of th...
Immigrants are not ruining our country, the minimum wage is
The Saturday morning sunshine beckoned the rototil, garden tools and manual labor. The tiller had just started biting into the mulch, churning the winter compost pile into real soil when the phone rang. It was a friend wanting to talk about politics. We don’t discuss politics too often because it seems to separate us for months at a time. After the usual pleasantries, she started to rant about illegal immigrants from Mexico and how they, in he...
It's all relative
Time, the thief of life, is actually a construct of our minds, like most of the reality we think we observe each day.
Is Sparks development for the greater good?
I wonder if Sparks is turning into Nevada’s answer to Never-Neverland. The Copper Canyon project has already gone belly up. It is in such dire straits that even in receivership they can’t generate a single bid for the project. Didn’t they have a sweet-heart deal on their sales tax revenues to assist them in their development? Sparks doesn’t even get any property tax from the mess now that they are belly up, or at least not as much as they woul...
Who is funding the terrorists?
Bush has also stated that we have to stop the flow of financial aid to terrorists no matter where it comes from especially if it comes from other countries. Then why does Bush support Saudi Arabia?
McCain’s train completely derailed
Several weeks ago, I wrote about Sen. John McCain’s train to the White House. I said McCain would be a good commander-in-chief if he were elected president. Even though I was always opposed to invading Iraq, I still thought his military background and prisoner of war experience would at least restore some integrity in the White House. It turns out I was wrong.
Forget the war
Nationally, we are suffering from the same deterioration of outrage over the Iraq war. It has now been going on for half a decade, and we are so used to the daily drivel that passes for war coverage that we don’t even talk about the tactical situation in Mosul and Dyalla versus the intra Shiia struggle for control of Basra. Our dollar is weakening, inflation looms, baseball players take hormones, and global warming triggers huge blizzards in C...
Pollyanna and Hillary at Sparks City Hall
Ms. Leslie was addressing a group of human services activists about Gov. Jim the Dim's draconian budget cuts, which will result in minor impacts like premature deaths. The mayor was delivering a virtuoso rendition of the old silver lining tune — gushing over the refreshing sprinkler waters while the house burns down.
State of the City breakdown: Take two
I like to think that we at the Tribune don’t need to call “do-over” very often, but I’m calling it today. On Wednesday, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini delivered his State of the City speech, which I dutifully attended. When I got back to the office, I decided to reproduce the speech verbatim and then write an opinionated analysis of it instead of a straight news story.
Mortgage woes keep sinking
The mortgage mess still seems to be the Grinch that is chasing the downturn in our economy to worsen even more. The economy downturn is, to me at least, like a submarine whose diving planes have irretrievably gone into a disastrous angle of attack. Let me explain.
Democratic convention may have eliminated apathy
I attended the Washoe County Democratic Party convention on Saturday and I was very impressed. About 2,000 Democrats filled up the Reno Events Center. Everyone was there to support their candidate, be it Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. But what really impressed me was not just how many people were there but who they were.