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Molly B: A mother’s tale of deception
I just read an old story of a cow escaping the confines of a slaughterhouse in Great Falls, Mont. The 1,200 lb Heifer hurdled a fence, was hit by road and rail traffic, almost drowned while crossing the Missouri River and couldn‘t be stopped by three tranquilizer darts. Her life was spared and men at the slaughterhouse named her Molly B.  It reminded me of a James Agee short story published in a 1952 edition of Harper’s Bazaar entitled “A Moth...
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London, the Olympics of Us
LONDON — Sebastian Coe, the organizer-in-chief who more than anyone made the London Games possible, is absolutely right. The Olympics really are the Greatest Show on Earth. So cheers, mate, to you, London, for reminding us of that fact. Unlike four years ago in Beijing, we could wrap ourselves in the sport and the human drama here without having to ignore our conscience. In this splendid world city that proved so telegenic, with marathoners sw...
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Lying liars and the lies they feed you
Bill Burton and the Priorities USA Action PAC are exactly what’s wrong with the American political process.
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Lawyers lacking in humanity
The problem with the Supreme Court is that the justices are lawyers.
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Guns and loose chickens
In the aftermath of the most recent American gun massacres it would be smart for the NRA to do some self-policing and lobby for at least a few more questions to be placed on the standard Federal Firearms Questionnaire.
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Don’t live too long
Ruthless Madame Irony’s minions have sharp teeth that sooner or later will bite you on the ass.
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Zombies were people, too
Before you pick up that assault rifle and level it at the head of your undead neighbor, consider this: That zombie is an American and was a human just like you. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Zombies have lost all higher thought abilities and munch on fresh brains. Why should we give rights to mindless drones who are intent on killing us and eating our innards? The fact of the matter is that zombies have been horribly misjudged, lambasted b...
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Political birds of a feather flock together sharing their ne...
Local Republicans flocked together to raise close to $1.5 million last week at a private fundraiser for presidential candidate Mitt Romney held at the Eaglenest gated community in prestigious northwest Reno. Donations ranged from $2,500 to attend a meeting with him in a spacious garden of political rhetoric and hand shakers, to $25,000 for the privilege of having an audience with the next victim of Obama politics at a private luncheon. The don...
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Stuck in ‘The Mud Below’
In the mid 1960s there was a movie called, “The Sky Above, The Mud Below.” That title seems to be a sort of theme for the mid-summer of 2012. We’ve got the inspiring performance of all the young people in the Summer Olympics showing all the world that the focus, the resilience, the persistence and the resolve we Americans exhibit — despite our ethnic diversity, socioeconomic background or religious preference — can still be successful at anyth...
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Is perception really the reality?
Recently, The Chamber and several of our members were asked by the team at the city of Sparks to participate in small discussion groups regarding development and zoning codes in the city.
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Court upholds right to lie
The 2011-2012 term of the Supreme Court, now close to becoming “ancient history,” was mixed.
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Chick-fil-A had it coming, Part II
For starters, the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A is not about the First Amendment.
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Embrace your alternate reality, put on your mask
We’re all thinking it, but I will go ahead and say it anyway: This year’s summer movie blockbusters top all summer blockbusters. (Don’t worry, I won’t ruin them for you.) “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spiderman” may be full of stunning special effects and thrilling action scenes, but I was not surprised to see two of Hollywood’s best writers leave a deeper, ambiguous meaning — wide open for interpretation. I have long been fascinate...
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Honor Among Thieves
With a new foster parent in our Tribune office, I thought I would share my adoptive parents’ experience the day before they bundled me up and carried me home from the orphanage. The year was 1937. It began one evening in a smoke-filled room in back of the local barber shop. The ceiling fan swirled the cigar smoke around the bright light dangling over the round, green felt table. Drinks were poured, the players were ready and seated for their m...
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