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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
One way or another
In the name of fairness, many of us have been raised to believe there are two sides to every story. But this doesn’t add up in my world.
Sleeping among the dead
The river’s edge on riverside drive is one of my favorite spots in Reno. On Saturday, I ran into an old friend who was busily washing the few clothes he owned in the cold rippling river water.
Eliminate the paper trail
First off, let me make a couple of things clear: I love my electronic gadgets, I love driving my car, I love my work and I love my stuff in general.
To begin with, one needs to understand laughter. Laughter is an involuntary psycho-physical reaction to a variety of stimuli.
Velma Bishop: Mom is gone
She had no idea when she signed on to manage the headquarters of a long-ago congressional campaign that she would also become house mother to both a fraternity and a sorority.
My professional graduation day is here
I’ll consider this Thursday a commencement of sorts. My imaginary cap and gown will likely be a lunch or some brief office gathering with colleagues who truly have become friends and family. My diploma will be a few last-minute copies of the Sparks Tribune in which are printed some of my favorite stories from 2009 and 2010. But at the end of the day, my desk will be emptied of all my reporter’s swag — my coveted Associated Press stylebook, my ...
Politics gone to the dogs
The extremes and divisiveness in politics have never been more evident than in this year’s political campaign. The socialist left hand of the Obama, Reid and Pelosi agenda effectively have cut off the right wing of ultra conservatives from the governmental body of common sense and bipartisanship. The results of this November’s election might create an even larger gap between ideologies if moderate Republicans and Democrats from both sides of t...
For those of us lucky to be at the right place during the wrong times of the 1960s, life was a series of adventures.