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All I want for Christmas is a wet, warm GOP
The Republican Party has finally proposed an economic recovery program: “With the holiday season quickly approaching, there’s no better time to visit the GOP Store..."
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News reporting is a balancing act
Journalists strive to provide fair and balanced news.
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Investors suffer from in-Siena-ty
Einstein’s well-known definition of insanity is, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Earlier this year, the financially struggling Siena Hotel Spa Casino was put out of its misery after drawn out bankruptcy proceedings. Now, a group of investors, including a technology mogul who won a $158 million judgment against Microsoft, have put their names on the deed and announced their big plans for the rebirth o...
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Overpaid public servants should be giving thanks to the taxp...
At one time the only reason anyone worked as a public servant was because they couldn‘t find a job anywhere else. Although the pay scale was proportionately lower than the private sector, the benefits — job security,  longer vacations, paid insurance and dreams of early retirement — were disproportionately better, providing more than enough compensation to entice the unemployable. How times have changed. The city of Reno just hired Edward Fing...
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Not-so-thankful for sales and security
We are headed into the holidays at full throttle — so much so that we can almost smell that Thanksgiving turkey cooking as we speak. There are two things we need to be mindful of as we go headlong into this holiday season: airport security and Black Friday sales. Yes, some of us may have to undergo a full pat down security check. Is it invasive? Yes. Do we like it? No. We are fast getting to the point in our personal airport security checks wh...
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Art of Writing Debased
Every day writers pour out clichés, space-wasters and misused words.
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The Story Behind Wild Horse Annie
The battle over the fate of Nevada’s wild horses is one of the longest fights in state history.
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Lie, lie, lie!
Given the formula for probability distribution, I can safely say that upwards of a third of the population will align themselves with the radical extremes of their political beliefs.
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Remembrance For My Hero
As I write this, it is so quiet in the newsroom that I can actually hear the clock tick over the hum of the heater. It’s not something that happens often, or really ever at all. It’s something that has probably made writing this column a little more difficult. Our editor, Nathan Orme, frequently reminds us to keep the columns we write related to something we cover, have experienced or feel strongly about. My thoughts are kind of flighty right ...
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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...
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Judges declare war on unions, civil service and jurisdiction...
Beginning this week, the Sparks Municipal Court will exercise what it calls its “inherent right” to administer its own affairs. The first thing on its agenda is to notify its employees, who are union members of the operating engineers, the court is not subject to collective bargaining agreements and is not obligated to recognize unions as  bargaining agents for its employees. The court claims it is not a government employer, and therefore not ...
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Judges declare war on unions, civil service and jurisdiction...
Beginning this week, the Sparks Municipal Court will exercise what it calls its “inherent right” to administer its own affairs. The first thing on its agenda is to notify its employees, who are union members of the operating engineers, the court is not subject to collective bargaining agreements and is not obligated to recognize unions as  bargaining agents for its employees. The court claims it is not a government employer, and therefore not ...
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Remembrance for my hero
As I write this, it is so quiet in the newsroom that I can actually hear the clock tick over the hum of the heater. It’s not something that happens often, or really ever at all. It’s something that has probably made writing this column a little more difficult. Our editor, Nathan Orme, frequently reminds us to keep the columns we write related to something we cover, have experienced or feel strongly about. My thoughts are kind of flighty right ...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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Ledge ‘11: Cruel and Unusual Punishment
The 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature will be remembered for meting out cruel and unusual punishment to all who come before it.
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Signs of a politician’s humanity
Making fun of politicians is a time-honored tradition in which I am proud to take part.
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