Money despoils democracy
In Citizens United (2010) the Supreme Court reaffirmed earlier declarations that money is speech. Democracy had already been corrupted with legalized bribery in the form of campaign contributions.
Molly B: A mother’s tale of deception
I just read an old story of a cow escaping the confines of a slaughterhouse in Great Falls, Mont. The 1,200 lb Heifer hurdled a fence, was hit by road and rail traffic, almost drowned while crossing the Missouri River and couldn‘t be stopped by three tranquilizer darts. Her life was spared and men at the slaughterhouse named her Molly B. It reminded me of a James Agee short story published in a 1952 edition of Harper’s Bazaar entitled “A Moth...
London, the Olympics of Us
LONDON — Sebastian Coe, the organizer-in-chief who more than anyone made the London Games possible, is absolutely right. The Olympics really are the Greatest Show on Earth. So cheers, mate, to you, London, for reminding us of that fact. Unlike four years ago in Beijing, we could wrap ourselves in the sport and the human drama here without having to ignore our conscience. In this splendid world city that proved so telegenic, with marathoners sw...
Guns and loose chickens
In the aftermath of the most recent American gun massacres it would be smart for the NRA to do some self-policing and lobby for at least a few more questions to be placed on the standard Federal Firearms Questionnaire.
Zombies were people, too
Before you pick up that assault rifle and level it at the head of your undead neighbor, consider this: That zombie is an American and was a human just like you. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Zombies have lost all higher thought abilities and munch on fresh brains. Why should we give rights to mindless drones who are intent on killing us and eating our innards? The fact of the matter is that zombies have been horribly misjudged, lambasted b...
Political birds of a feather flock together sharing their ne...
Local Republicans flocked together to raise close to $1.5 million last week at a private fundraiser for presidential candidate Mitt Romney held at the Eaglenest gated community in prestigious northwest Reno. Donations ranged from $2,500 to attend a meeting with him in a spacious garden of political rhetoric and hand shakers, to $25,000 for the privilege of having an audience with the next victim of Obama politics at a private luncheon. The don...
Stuck in ‘The Mud Below’
In the mid 1960s there was a movie called, “The Sky Above, The Mud Below.” That title seems to be a sort of theme for the mid-summer of 2012. We’ve got the inspiring performance of all the young people in the Summer Olympics showing all the world that the focus, the resilience, the persistence and the resolve we Americans exhibit — despite our ethnic diversity, socioeconomic background or religious preference — can still be successful at anyth...
Is perception really the reality?
Recently, The Chamber and several of our members were asked by the team at the city of Sparks to participate in small discussion groups regarding development and zoning codes in the city.
Embrace your alternate reality, put on your mask
We’re all thinking it, but I will go ahead and say it anyway: This year’s summer movie blockbusters top all summer blockbusters. (Don’t worry, I won’t ruin them for you.) “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spiderman” may be full of stunning special effects and thrilling action scenes, but I was not surprised to see two of Hollywood’s best writers leave a deeper, ambiguous meaning — wide open for interpretation. I have long been fascinate...