Shame for our lady of freedom?
If the response to my column last week is any indication, the debate on national health insurance continues to bring out the political dissidents. One reader suggested that I am a “Kalif Lib” and should get out of town because “we don’t need or want you here.” Wow! At least they didn’t tell me where to go. Another reader said the government is out of control and people are not thinking if they think the health care bill is good. Well, the heal...
Gov. Raggio: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Last week in true entrepreneurial fashion, Republican teetotalers were charged 11 bucks a head for admission to a political debate by GOP front-runners for governor and U.S. Senate. From commie-pinko-liberal media reports (I’ll be damned if I’ll pay $11), it appears Gov. Jim Gibbons won the evening. His opponents agreed with him on most issues. As Father Diamond taught us in debate class, when your opponent agrees with you, you win. Bill Raggi...
Lessons from a stranger
Sometimes it’s purely coincidental how life will bring events together in a way that makes you think and gives you a feeling you can’t just brush off. On Monday morning I called my editor and explained to him that writer’s block had my fingers in a strong hold and my nemesis wasn’t going to release its grip anytime soon. Only problem being my opinion column was due in two hours and I was headed to the Bay Area for a few days. Nathan agreed t...
Parents hidden behind their fat kids
Lately I have been writing quite a bit about my choices of news coverage here in the pages of the Tribune. Usually my choices involve adults who are legally old enough and supposedly smart enough to make decisions affecting their constituents, their neighbors, their co-workers or themselves. When it comes to covering the news of the local K-12 public schools, we are reporting on decisions adults make that affect children in the classroom. Some...
Dissenter Stevens outgrew the GOP
Justice Stevens is the Near-Great Dissenter on the Supreme Court today. Near great because, while he has given some impassioned dissents, he has also issued a few lamentable opinions. Stevens, who will retire this summer, dissented more than 600 times in his 34 years on the bench. He rose above his Republican roots, growing in wisdom to lead the court’s liberal bloc. Stevens is a humanistic judge in an institution saddled with mossbacks utterl...
The dark side
Fashion is the most personal expression of both the individual and collective mood of the people. We wear what we are, from the kilts of Scotland to the expressively shapeless French beret. America, with our opportunistic fashion industry, is particularly subject to changing styles to match the national psyche. From the nihilist beatnik chic of old army field jackets and black turtlenecks, (with black leotards and heavy eye shadow for the pal...
Humans, birds have to take strife in stride
Spring cleaning is a ritual every year that, fortunately or unfortunately, needs to be done to spruce up the world. The other day, I was contemplating the task at hand when I heard a rustling in the bushes. I thought it was a mouse or something similar. It sounded loud and large whatever it was. At first blush, you wanted to go see what was making the noise, but as it turned out, it was more fun to let the noise and situation develop for itsel...
What’s anti-American about wanting public health care?
The polemics of change is what democracies are built on. In 1944, socialist Norman Mattoon Thomas, a six-time presidential candidate representing the Socialist Party of America, announced he no longer needed to run for office. He said the American people will never knowingly adopt socialism but, under the name of “liberalism” the Democratic Party will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until we become a socialist nation, without kno...
A personal evolution of social media
I appreciate very much the opportunity to write a column for the Sparks Tribune. The Tribune has been the city's hometown paper for many years and we appreciate the partnership. As one of the city's primary communicators, I find that our print news partners are still a key source of news and information for many of our residents despite the increased use of the World Wide Web. In fact, our television news partners receive many of their story i...
The real cost of crime
Our state is almost broke but our district attorney is still putting people in prison. At sentencing there is no discussion of the cost of incarceration. The DA keeps pushing for the maximum sentence but he doesn’t have to foot the bill. The theory is that we will spare no expense to be “safe.” That was the same rhetoric that got us into the war in Iraq. Apparently our leaders believe that if we are scared enough we will pay for anything....
Creativity in budget cuts
Our country is suffering through tough economic times. Nevada seems to be hit even harder by the impact of these economic down turns. One of the most recent cut backs is the proposed closure of the Great Basin Park at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno and the closure of the swimming pool at Bower’s Mansion. At first blush, these closures and cut backs don’t seem to have much impact until you look beyond at the impact on people.
Council cuts nice but hollow
The Sparks City Council did a good thing in agreeing to salary cuts this month. Members promised to help the city with its $4.9 million budget trim for the 2010-2011 year by taking a 7.5 percent cut from their salaries, which is in addition to a 4 percent annual cost of living increase they had already given up for several years. Each council person and the mayor recognized that this was a necessary step. Our question is whether or not the re...
Bette Drakulich: Beautiful mother to us all
Dear Bette Drakulich passed away in New York last year. One word describes her: beautiful. She was the wife and mother everyone should have, the strength everyone envies. She married Steve Drakulich knowing full well he was afflicted with this strange disease very few knew much about. About 40 years ago, Steve and Bette took over what was then called the Nevada Central Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It had all of five buck...