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Political tears of compromise
What some might have thought would be a landslide victory for Mitt Romney turned out to be a clear political conquest for president Obama.
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Jack Stanko Honored by Boys and Girls Club
The 36th Annual Awards Banquet, of the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, was held last Thursday at the Silver Legacy in Reno.
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Protecting ‘sacred’ institutions, not kids
The pedophilia scandals over the past decade have a common seamy thread: institutions protect their reputations at the expense of children. The Roman Catholic Church became notorious for pedophilia by priests. Penn State officials covered up serial pedophilia. Newly released “perversion files” of the Boy Scouts reveal decades of  “a corrosive culture of secrecy” that failed to protect kids. Now the venerated BBC of Britain protected sexual abu...
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Election Day — Thank God it’s over
After months of negative political adds, billions of dollars spent on national and local elections and phone calls all day long- it’s finally over.
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Is a Mitt Romney landslide in the cards?
Today is the day we finally get to determine which is the best candidate for President for the next four years.
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Dreams of Redemption on All Saints Day
Here’s a presidential candidate I can and cannot support. “We have majority support in poll after poll on nearly all of the key issues, from downsizing the military budget and bringing the troops home, to taxing the rich, to stopping the Wall Street bailouts, to breaking up the banks, to ending the offshoring of jobs, to supporting workers’ rights, to increasing the minimum wage, to health care as a human right, through Medicare for all. These...
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Every writer needs stern editors
Today’s sermon is on editing, an oft-told tale but one that needs constant retelling. Namely: all writers need a demanding editor no matter how long they have been professionals. I have been writing for 65 years, beginning with high school and college sports. Yet still today I see my columns in print and wish I had changed a word, rephrased a sentence or deleted a line. What would a vigorous editor say of the following beginning of a recent ca...
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Barack Obama for President
The choice should be clear — President Obama should have four more years to cleanup the mess he inherited from G.W. Bush and the divided Republican party.
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Benghazi: Obama’s Watergate?
News on Friday of last week confirmed what many have been saying about the slaughter in Benghazi.
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Boy Scouts: Umbrella for Perversion
Robert Baden-Powell, a ranking officer in the British Army, was founder of the Boy Scouts, designed to prepare young men for future service to the Queen.
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Who Concocted the ‘Video’ Story?
Last Tuesday night’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney was by most accounts considered a draw.
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We don’t need no education, Part XII
I made the supreme sacrifice for the children on Monday night, forsaking the Giants-Cardinals game for a Washoe County school board debate. UNR Prof. Howard Rosenberg and Reno City Councilman Dave Aiazzi were the unquestioned alpha dogs. Former university regent Rosenberg said he is running because nine of 10 Washoe students admitted to UNR need to take bonehead remedial courses and three in 10 drop out freshman year. I asked how many supporte...
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Tweedledum running against Tweedledee
Ditto, said Tweedledum. Ditto, ditto, cried Tweedledee “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate for president in the Nov. 6 election, is outrageous. President Obama, the Democratic nominee for re-election, is just another shabby politician. Romney is hollow, Obama is all rhetoric. Romney is a sneering plutocrat, Obama is a great betrayer. Neither will change fundamental policies at home and abroad. Rambo Obam...
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Epitaph Of a Park Bench
Every time I hear Joyce Kilmer’s poem “trees," I get a little nostalgic.
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Was Biden Under Nitrous Oxide?
Last Thursday night’s Vice Presidential debate between VP Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan was overshadowed by Biden’s mugging before the camera.
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Romney Wins the First Round
Many of the commentators following the event likened the Presidential debate to a boxing match.
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Did Romney win the battle or lose the war?
There is no doubt Mitt Romney won the battle of words in last week’s presidential debate.
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Union refs, teachers win big
Unionism, battered nationally for a decade, scored two glorious victories recently. The National Football League Referees Association defeated the pinch-penny owners and the Chicago Teachers Union beat the corporatist mayor of Chicago. The NFL was humiliated by an outpouring of outrage by fans, players and coaches because of egregious incompetence by scab referees. The scabs not only botched many calls in three weeks but sorely damaged the int...
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Apathy is never having to say you’re sorry
Voter registration closes shortly and responsible citizens encourage it. Whadda they know? Nationally, about three in four of those eligible to register actually do. About six in 10 (and often fewer) bother to show up. So decisions get made by roughly four in 10 (60 percent of 75 percent) of those eligible, about half of whom are on the winning side of any race. So every vote you cast on the prevailing side actually represents about five citiz...
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Moon River Man in Reno
The news last week that singer Andy Williams had passed away at age 84 reminded me of the first time I saw him in person.
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