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Schweitzer’s ethical view of reverence for life
I have long been a disciple of the Schweitzerian principle of reverence for life. I catch flies inside the house and release them outside. (Although admittedly I reflexively slap at biting mosquitoes.) The Schweitzer autobiography, “Out of My Life and Thought,” explains the ethics behind his principle: “A man is ethical only when life as such is sacred to him — the life of plants and animals as well as that of his fellow man.” Schweitzer calls...
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A sweetheart deal for your sweetheart
Today is the final day for “Autoshow 2008” at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on South Virginia Street. This year’s show carried a Valentine’s theme due to its proximity to the Feb. 14 annual romantic celebration. In addition to showing the best in new vehicles from the area dealers that sponsor the show, this year’s admission charge of $4 will go in its entirety to three of the local area’s major charities: the Autism Coalition of Nevada, t...
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Sparks master plan: follow or ignore?
On Dec. 6, 2007, in a rather awkward diatribe, Sparks City Staff Planner Tim Thompson while testifying before the Sparks Planning Commission attacked the city’s own master plan, basically claiming the document that has guided the city since 1991 was archaic and no longer worthy of being followed.
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When the speed of life is just too fast
Isn’t it weird how life often gets in the way of living?
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Observations on state budgets and taxes
I interviewed Gov. Jim Gibbons on my radio show this past Thursday and one of the great concerns being expressed by many are the “cuts” in the budgets of government agencies. As governor, his responsibility is to make up a budget for the state and, with the overall decline in the state’s economy thanks primarily to the burst of the housing bubble, tax revenue has declined from its peak of only a few years ago.
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The chill of global warming
Sometimes we make the mistake of taking too large a view of things to get the details of the problem.
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Tough shrift
After a hiatus of a mere 15 years, the Barbwire returns to the cyber-saturated world of news and talk.
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Nevada Lottery to re-surface?
The most recent report on the state of education in Nevada, which gives us a “D-minus,” is another argument for some sort of specific funding for schools in the Silver State that will raise us from 44th in the nation in per pupil spending.
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Justices seem amenable to new poll tax
The Republican majority on the highly partisan Supreme Court seems poised to approve what amounts to a new poll tax: an Indiana photo identification law.
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The McCain train to the White House
Today, super Tuesday, will make or break John McCain’s bid for the White House. The republicans have to choose either a Mormon, Baptist preacher or a war hero, who despite all of his good qualities, supports Bush’s war in Iraq. We know they won‘t vote for Ron Paul the only candidate with common sense. McCain’s win in florida has propelled him to the top of the list of republican favorites. Since then, he has garnered endorsements from both giu...
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Infidels in the Holy Land
Why do Islamic fundamentalists hate America? What did we ever do to them? The answer in part lies in the fact that our military went to Saudi Arabia to defend them from Iraq. To radical Islam this was a sacrilege. An infidel army had entered the Holy Land. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country. It is home to the fundamentalist sect called the Wahhabis. The Wahhabis follow a very strict interpretation of the Koran, the Muslim holy boo...
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Many obstacles block voter turnout
The ink isn’t quite dry on the stats from Sunday’s Super Bowl results and today our country is going to be thrown into the fray of another type Super Bowl as 20 states experience their form of the presidential primary season as they casts their ballots. Political analysts country wide will be forecasting the various ploys the different candidates and parties will be using to acquire votes and to see to it that the voters, in fact, do turn out ...
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UNR could use some PR
Judging from the raft of letters and the adverse editorial content on the sports pages of the other metropolitan daily in this area, the University of Nevada, Reno is in dire need of some good public relations.
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The seven-year solution
How many times do we have to get hit upside the head? After a few whacks with a two-by-four, the average critter will begin to get the idea. Not us.
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Talking to myself
This is my first letter to a newspaper. I don't write letters to the editor because I figured all you news folks do is make fun of them and throw them away, but that notion was put to rest lately.
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War in Iraq - forever?
According to Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, the war in Iraq is "lost," a remarkably irresponsible statement made at the exact same time more than 200,000 American soldiers were fighting in the field.
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Mormons are unquestionably Christians
Madman? Epileptic? Paranoid? Fantasist? Charlatan? Or, as biographer Fawn Brodie wrote of Joseph Smith, essentially a rational human being?
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Inspiration
The first axiom of Travus T. Hipp's social geometry is: "We shall become whatever we are overcoming."
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Eliminate the caucus club
The Nevada caucus demonstrated the need for a real primary election. True, many people were in favor of the caucus, but there were just as many, if not more, opposed to it.
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Tax and spend or just spend?
I am getting awfully tired of hearing Republicans say that if a Democrat is elected we will go back to a “tax and spend” economy. How is that a bad thing? The current Republican administration supports a spend-and-go-into-debt economy. We shouldn’t spend what we don’t have and we have a choice of who gets taxed the most.
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