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Government needs power of the pink slip
Our state, county, city and school district leaders wouldn’t have to do more with less if they could increase productivity.
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Milquetoast, mice and men
Every once in awhile, a letter from a reader encapsulates public opinion.
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Wall Street always wins
What I know about economics is not worth knowing except: 1) Marx was the first and last radical economist. 2) 99.9 percent of economists are conservatives.
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Get reporters off the battlefield
We have finally agreed to pull most of our combat troops out of Iraq.
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Prisons, drugs and race
In the United States we feel that we are compassionate and just. People who commit crimes receive a fair trial and fair punishment.
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Fictional characters in a novel democracy
A federal court judge just overturned California’s Proposition 8, which prohibited gay marriages.
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Crapshoots, trapshoots and turkey shoots
For the past couple of weeks, national media have been reporting a slow uptick in the economy coupled with a stubborn stall in hiring.
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World War II Redux
It has often been observed that history is written by the victors, and nowhere is that thesis better demonstrated than in the myths of WWII.
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Politicial ads need fine tuning
Long before satellite dishes and cable lines brought us clear reception, television viewers were expected to be able to adjust a set’s antenna.
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Schorr: great, principled journalist
Perhaps all you need to know about Daniel Schorr is that he was a CBS protégé of Edward R. Murrow, still a symbol of excellence in the often shabby world of broadcast journalism.
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And the reform beat goes on
The Washoe County School District is to be commended for its efforts in writing the state's application, “Nevada’s Promise,” in pursuit of President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top federal funding for school reform.
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Who says fishermen are hot?
Crabs, women, gambling and booze.
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Obama: President of 49 states
Years ago, I thought there would be some kind of political revolution based on race beginning in the 21st century as the divide between color continued to widen.
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For shame
One of our national failings is our lack of shame.
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My crooks are better than your crooks
When you get to the top levels of politics, there are no virgins.
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Thumbs up thumbs down
One Sunday a month, the Sparks Tribune will provide a roundup of miscellaneous community events, government action and everyday occurrences and give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” in support or disapproval. 
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A Tale of two Renos
When Mr. Walt Disney looked at a massive Florida swamp, he didn’t see a muddy, reptile infested marshland — he saw the happiest place on earth.
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‘Paris of the West’
SAN FRANCISCO — This city is showing two magnificent art exhibitions from France, proving once again its sobriquet “Paris of the West.”
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Lessons from social injustice
Last week’s forced resignation of Shirley Sherrod as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s state director of rural development in Georgia demonstrated extreme racist phobia, media frenzy, political posturing and individual ignorance. Andrew Breitbart, a right-wing conservative commentator, released a video with excerpts of a speech by Sherrod at an NAACP fundraiser. He accused Sherrod, an African-American, of prejudice towards whites and demand...
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