UNR needs to learn a new (drinking) game
It’s a familiar game that’s popular with college students and hard partiers alike: Every time a specific phrase, event or thing happens, take a shot of vodka, rum, gin or other liquor of choice. In the case of Nevada football game attendees, the game has been modified: Every time the team suits up, chug a keg — or two. This new and utterly disappointing game was demonstrated in all its glory Friday night when the University of Nevada, Reno’s W...
Students need to see the world they learn about
I’m a real supporter of field trips for school children of all ages. As a teacher for 30 years in Washoe County schools, I’ve seen the pendulum swing from one extreme to another when it comes to the top administration’s regard for the value of field trips in any form for students. My experience was mostly with at-risk students. Many of these students had moved from one school to another within the Washoe County School District numerous times w...
Republicans: mice with human brains?
The divide and conquer strategy is becoming more evident in the arena of cesspool politics, leaching its way across our divided nation of common sense and rhetorical intellect. Last week’s Delaware primary demonstrated the Democrats’ successful implementation of Carl Rove’s schematic for political success. They’ve divided the Republicans into “wacky wingnuts” on one side and good-intentioned conservatives on the other. Christine O’Donnell won ...
Rory, Rory, quite contrary
The brown hills of the High Desert Outback of the American Dream are littered with the bones of popular local officials who ran statewide and lost.
Three cheers for volunteers
We’ve all just had a tremendous experience in seeing more than 100 balloons ascend into the clear Nevada sky at dawn last weekend. What an experience that was. This weekend we’ll experience another spectacle of immense proportions: the Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show. Two weeks ago we all pigged out on the best ribs in the world. A month ago we all “oohed” and “ahhed” at the sight of an endless parade of vintage autos cruisin...
Is Monsanto poisoning the world’s food?
If Monsanto Chemical Corp. has its way, the days of buying fresh organic produce at a local farm or farmer’s market might soon end. Although Monsanto denies it, there is evidence the company is heading the lobby supporting S.510. The proposed federal bill is posted as “The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010” and is described by some as one of the most “dangerous” pieces of legislation proposed in U.S. history. I don’t know if I’d go that fa...
Rethinking crime and punishment
We have all heard the saying, “Let the punishment fit the crime,” but that phrase seems to be lost in our criminal justice system. It has been overridden by, “Get tough on crime.” The end result is that we have a booming prison population that costs us millions of dollars a year and has very little beneficial impact on our society. Our sentencing laws are extremely harsh and not subject to modification by a judge. We have mandatory minimum sen...
Driven to drink
The best thing about the 1950s is that most everyone who remembers them is dead. Presuming one was a teenager in that curious decade that makes the witnesses to the era well older than 70 and on the last few laps of the long race.
The act of being a politician
I’m not a politician; I just play one on TV. I recently read a manuscript (soon to be a book) as part of my managing editor duties at a publishing company. The book, “At Risk of Winning,” is a political thriller that takes place in the near future, about a “guy running for president.”