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Voting: An age-old tradition
Getting older has never bothered me.
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The battle for votes continues
I thought I’d written the final installment of the Immigration Chronicles in the U.S. Senate race before the November election, but I guess I should have known better.
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It’s all a pack of lies
America has yet to adjust to the stress engendered by the global satellite 24 hour news cycle and the associated panic mongering of their coverage.
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Political Brass and Unbreakable Crystal Balls
Occasionally I notice the obvious.
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Reporter wrestles with dueling definitions
There are too many reasons to pass the blame in today’s society, which is why I believe in personal accountability and I will be the first to admit, I made a mistake. So here it is: I made a mistake. A big one and a bad one. When I was a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, the excitement of graduation and the impending freedom that loomed in the real world led a team of young journalists to write an ethics statement that would be signed ...
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Tunnel of fear: plateau of light
There was a never-ending stream of cars waiting to enter the underwater highway below the Hudson River joining New York City with the great state of New Jersey. The mid-summer heat baked the streets of Jersey City, the horns were blaring away, the vulgarities and profanities were louder than the horns and hundreds of future middleweight champions of the world were waiting in line for their championship bout. Cab drivers had their own peculiar ...
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Sharron Angle is a ‘no'-it-all
There is a popular PBS program called “The Vicar of Dibley.” It is a British sitcom about a small English village that has a female vicar of the local church. There is a character in that sitcom who every time he is asked a yes or no question always responds with, “No, no, no, no, no, no, yes.” I chuckle every time I hear a Sharron Angle ad on television as she sounds just like that character. Angle says she wouldn’t support health care for pr...
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Endorsements from the Sparks Tribune
Many Americans want the 2010 midterm election to result in sweeping change. Others want to see the people in power stay put. The editorial board at the Sparks Tribune would like to see a little of both.
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Rather Reid than Angle
In politics you often vote against someone rather than for someone. So it is with the Reid-Angle matchup Nov. 2 for U.S. senator from Nevada.
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Red warnings
“All I know is what I read in the papers” — Will Rogers
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It's all true
They say the truth will set you free, but in reality we can’t stand the truth. We prefer abstractions and descriptions that separate us from the raw and awful details of events and actions in the all too real world.
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A matter of faith
For months Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Sharron Angle has been knocked for her firebrand rhetoric on subjects ranging from Social Security to health care reform. Her strong conservative stands have thrilled her followers, but have been used by the campaign team of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to portray her as an uncaring extremist.
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All true Republicans: Join Sen. Raggio in his crossover vote...
Republican state Sen. Bill Raggio’s endorsement of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, a Democrat, demonstrates political common sense and emphasizes the unity and necessity of both Democrats and Republicans to defeat Reid’s challenger, Sharron Angle. Last week, Republican mayor of Reno Bob Cashell, Sparks City Councilwoman Julia Ratti (standing in for Republican mayor of Sparks Geno Martini) and Democratic mayor of Carson City Bob Crowell endorsed Sen. Rei...
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Let the seasonal winds of change blow
Walter Van Tilburg Clark wrote the book “The City of Trembling Leaves” about Reno. As I look around our area I see an ocean of trembling leaves changing colors and about to be dropped in the many gutters of our cities. It’s almost as if this is nature’s way of cleansing our society of superfluous extras in an effort to ready us for the coming chill of winter. It appears also as if our society is preparing to further cleanse itself of supposedl...
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Men and marriage: What is ‘done’?
Over the past year four couples have told me they are getting divorced. The circumstances really surprised me. The women told me their husbands came home one day and said they were “done.” All of them have children and one young wife was even pregnant. What does “done” mean? Done means you don’t want to eat anymore, there is no more wine in the bottle, the meat is properly cooked. You don’t just wake up one day and decide you are “done” with y...
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SPJ lights fire to report in Sparks
This past week I attended the annual Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) convention in Las Vegas. When I heard the group was coming to Nevada, I figured it was a good chance to get out of town for a few days while making the trip tax-deductible.
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Déjà vu all over again, again and again
Moonhowler GOP senate frontrunner Sharron Angle’s encounter with a digital audio recorder last week made me realize that this year’s attempt to defrock U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has a scary number of historical parallels. Some are favorable to Reid, some not.
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Lame duck and later
Having been raised and schooled in the shadow of the atom bomb, I have always had a problem planning any further ahead than next month, or in extremis, the upcoming baseball playoffs. Unfortunately this attention span challenge seems to be spreading among the younger generations, whose inattention might well cost us our country.
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Obama and Bush redux
The nation happily put Barack Obama in the White House. But you get the feeling that President Bush never left. America is still fighting two and one-half Bush wars.
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Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor, The plight of Daisy the Jack Russell terrier at the hands of the District Attorney Dick Gammick should come as no surprise. The history of the DA concerning domestic animals is less than stellar as demonstrated by his inaction in 2002 with respect to WC3, animal services consolidation. It was a well-known fact that the Reno animal pound was operating in violation of Nevada Revised Statute. WC3 contained the following text: “The co...
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