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Glenn Beck: the whitest of white, the blackest of black
The 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. could have even more political, social and historical significance in American history than the original speech 43 years ago.
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New federal rule on ozone levels has unintended consequences...
It seems funny to call them “unintended consequences” when we know what they’re going to be beforehand, so let’s just talk about the consequences — intended or not — of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to establish lower thresholds for ozone levels.
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Thumbs up, thumbs down
One Sunday a month, the Sparks Tribune will provide a roundup of miscellaneous community events, government action and everyday occurrences and give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” in support or disapproval. 
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Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Iconoclastic film director Oliver Stone is producing a sequel to “Wall Street."
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Taliban for $10 a day
I suppose that the departure of all combat military units from Iraq must be celebrated as some sort of victory.
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Silence, calm at retreat
The Self-Realization Fellowship retreat here is a spiritual place, a peaceful place.
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Parade of rural pride
It was the annual Goldfield Days parade Aug. 21. Now, it’s not the flashiest or longest parade you’ll ever see, but it traveled in style through the middle of the town.
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Mosque at ground zero: a foundation of unity and trust
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and his Republican challenger Sharron Angle finally agree on something. Reid broke ranks with President Barack Obama and said he is opposed to building a Muslim center near ground zero of the 9/11 Twin Towers attack in New York City. Angle agrees with him. Now we have two candidates questioning the freedom of religion guaranteed in our Constitution. Reid said he personally feels it would be better to build the mosque somew...
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My life as a marathon: Running away
I didn’t run Monday morning. Quite a stark statement to start out an article on running, don’t you think? However, I am learning that sometimes there is a reason to run and other times there are good reasons to take a break. My reasons for not running this morning included a sore back, pulsing arms and a few scrapes, bumps and bruises. The aches and pains were inflicted by mounds of moving boxes. As some of you know, and some of you don’t, I a...
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Pipeline not a pipe dream
Wanted: truck drivers, welders, carpenters, operating engineers, secretaries, flag men, electricians, et al to work on the biggest project since the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United States. When will it be built? Who knows? Does it need to be built? You bet. The whole country wants to put people back to work in meaningful jobs. The desert states also need water. So why not undertake a project to build desalinization p...
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It’s good to get older
“Old man” is a favorite nickname bestowed upon me by my young reporters here at the Tribune.
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Goodbye Afghanistan
Nobody in the American media seems to understand the implications of the recent monsoon rains across the lower elevations of the Asian subcontinent and China.
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Sharron Angle: Blast from the distant past
I can't speak for all my colleagues in columny, but I love GOP U.S. Senate nominee Sharron Angle. As they say in the biz, she's hot copy.
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Slashing attack on bigotry
“Impeach him,” right wingers shout. “He ignores the will of seven million Californians,” the head of the American Family Association screams.
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The longest war in the West
It’s become one of the longest-running wars in the West. Not the battle over water, but the fight over the fate of thousands of wild horses on public rangeland.
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A common political epidemic: the foot-in-mouth disease
If you let politicians talk long enough, more than likely they will put their foot in their mouth.
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We need helpful solutions, not childish games
We’ve endured several months of what amounts to an expensive rash of almost infantile playground bickerings.
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It's all fun and games until ...
This was not the column I had intended to write. In fact, I hadn’t really had any ideas about what to write as of Saturday night. But then again, as of Saturday night I didn’t have to contemplate the fatal consequences of off-roading. On Saturday night, I sat in a friend’s kitchen. We mocked her husband’s latest investment — a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle — and said it was only fair that if our significant others wanted motorcycles so badly that ...
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Failed state
It is increasingly difficult these days to differentiate between the so-called “developing nations,” the emerging nations and the newly recognized “failed states."
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Community news for a community reporter
The meaning of “community reporter” has been on my mind a lot lately because I have to find one.
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