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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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, ...
Send in the clowns
One of America’s shortcomings in governance has, historically and currently, been our lack of any officially sanctioned sense of humor.
Vote: It’s your right and it’s payback for all the ads
Today is Election Day and hopefully you haven’t voted before reading this column as I feel it is very inspiring to have read it before casting your ballot. As you probably all know, or at least ought to know, our forefathers declared our independence from the rule of the king of England on July 4, 1776. Thus, we celebrate July 4th with fried chicken and fireworks — right? Right. But what you might not know, or at least have probably not though...
Politics: Today is Tomorrow’s Yesterday
In space and time, today is only tomorrow’s yesterday. In politics and the reality of life, today’s election is tomorrow’s hope for the survival of yesterday’s democracy. During the past few months we’ve witnessed the ugly reality of democracy. The politics of our democracy isn’t a process of electing intelligent, bright and honest representatives capable of sincere debate, clear-cut goals, collective compromise and solutions to our mundane go...
Exercising my right not to vote
Some of the Andean cultures inhabiting the rural mountainous regions of Peru have a unique way of voting. Ballots are cast by painting the name of the favored candidate on the outside walls of mud-brick homes so election officials can simply drive past and tally votes without ever stopping their car. I first learned this when I traveled to the famed Inca ruins of Machu Picchu more than 10 years ago. At that time, a rigged election had left the...
Letter: Sen. Reid's condo
Angle's newest form of attack is that Senator Reid lives in a million dollar Condo in Washington D.C. What is her point? Anyone who owns have a condo with more than one room, close to the Capitol, with security and room for meetings with staff, and room to entertain, all of which is needed by the majority leader, you are lucky if you can find one for under $5 million in Washington D.C. I would say that Senator Reid has a very good real estate ...
The luckiest man in Nevada
Thanks to its long history of legalized gambling and open-pit gold mining, there is no shortage of candidates for the distinction of being the luckiest man in Nevada.
Despite the hyper hype surrounding Tuesday’s election, the reality of things is not going to change much from the current political plight.