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Not-so-thankful for sales and security
We are headed into the holidays at full throttle — so much so that we can almost smell that Thanksgiving turkey cooking as we speak. There are two things we need to be mindful of as we go headlong into this holiday season: airport security and Black Friday sales. Yes, some of us may have to undergo a full pat down security check. Is it invasive? Yes. Do we like it? No. We are fast getting to the point in our personal airport security checks wh...
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Art of Writing Debased
Every day writers pour out clichés, space-wasters and misused words.
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The Story Behind Wild Horse Annie
The battle over the fate of Nevada’s wild horses is one of the longest fights in state history.
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Lie, lie, lie!
Given the formula for probability distribution, I can safely say that upwards of a third of the population will align themselves with the radical extremes of their political beliefs.
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Remembrance For My Hero
As I write this, it is so quiet in the newsroom that I can actually hear the clock tick over the hum of the heater. It’s not something that happens often, or really ever at all. It’s something that has probably made writing this column a little more difficult. Our editor, Nathan Orme, frequently reminds us to keep the columns we write related to something we cover, have experienced or feel strongly about. My thoughts are kind of flighty right ...
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Reality of life in the classroom
Many people believe teachers live “The Life of Riley” with summers off and a huge paycheck. All they do is babysit kids all day and not for a whole day, at that. Most people forget that teachers have at least a college or university four-year degree. This education was often paid for out of their own pocket and not subsidized by public money, unless they were able to qualify for a scholarship for having done well in previous educational endeav...
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Judges declare war on unions, civil service and jurisdiction...
Beginning this week, the Sparks Municipal Court will exercise what it calls its “inherent right” to administer its own affairs. The first thing on its agenda is to notify its employees, who are union members of the operating engineers, the court is not subject to collective bargaining agreements and is not obligated to recognize unions as  bargaining agents for its employees. The court claims it is not a government employer, and therefore not ...
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Judges declare war on unions, civil service and jurisdiction...
Beginning this week, the Sparks Municipal Court will exercise what it calls its “inherent right” to administer its own affairs. The first thing on its agenda is to notify its employees, who are union members of the operating engineers, the court is not subject to collective bargaining agreements and is not obligated to recognize unions as  bargaining agents for its employees. The court claims it is not a government employer, and therefore not ...
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Remembrance for my hero
As I write this, it is so quiet in the newsroom that I can actually hear the clock tick over the hum of the heater. It’s not something that happens often, or really ever at all. It’s something that has probably made writing this column a little more difficult. Our editor, Nathan Orme, frequently reminds us to keep the columns we write related to something we cover, have experienced or feel strongly about. My thoughts are kind of flighty right ...
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Reality of life in the classroom
Many people believe teachers live “The Life of Riley” with summers off and a huge paycheck. All they do is babysit kids all day and not for a whole day, at that. Most people forget that teachers have at least a college or university four-year degree. This education was often paid for out of their own pocket and not subsidized by public money, unless they were able to qualify for a scholarship for having done well in previous educational endeav...
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Where are the bears?
We get plenty of snow in winter and enjoy the local wildlife: mule deer, coyote and fox as well as the occasional bobcat and mountain lion.
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Slim Hope and Spare Change
I hope the Republicans can chew thoroughly before having to swallow their own words on the desperate need to decrease the deficit and pay down the national debt.
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Ledge ‘11: Cruel and Unusual Punishment
The 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature will be remembered for meting out cruel and unusual punishment to all who come before it.
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Signs of a politician’s humanity
Making fun of politicians is a time-honored tradition in which I am proud to take part.
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Opera Buffs Mourn Sutherland
The wonderful thing about singers, actors and entertainers is that they give so much pleasure to millions of people worldwide.
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Sen. Raggio: ‘Is not the master of the house more honorable ...
In politics, leadership is defined as one who acts as a guiding force. Sen. Bill Raggio, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini are prime political examples of the guiding forces that crushed Sharron Angle’s attempt to defeat Sen. Harry Reid. As we know, all three Republicans crossed party lines and endorsed Democratic Sen. Harry Reid. Mayor Martini took a risk endorsing Reid. Running for re-election himself, he could have aliena...
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Whose Country Is It, Anyway?
Now that the elections are over we can take a look at how the process worked or didn’t work. For local elections it seems like the person with the most signs won. Unless you go to a candidate’s website you don’t know much about him or her from a sign, but name recognition seems to carry a lot of weight. But name recognition costs money (unless you are a survivor of the Chilean mine disaster). So, there is a direct correlation to having money a...
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Debt to the nth degree
How many college degrees do you need to make your dreams come true without drowning in debt in the process? If you were to ask Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, they might say none. Both multimillionaire groundbreakers are college dropouts. These are examples of individuals who chose to forge their own trails, start gigantic corporations and then employ college graduates, rather than becoming graduates themselves. This kind of intellectually curious, ...
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