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Honor Among Thieves
With a new foster parent in our Tribune office, I thought I would share my adoptive parents’ experience the day before they bundled me up and carried me home from the orphanage. The year was 1937. It began one evening in a smoke-filled room in back of the local barber shop. The ceiling fan swirled the cigar smoke around the bright light dangling over the round, green felt table. Drinks were poured, the players were ready and seated for their m...
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Throwing Nevada’s future down the well
As a child, I had no concept of my own wellbeing. To have a notion of such a thing requires, I think, a lack of wellbeing.
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Olympic voting standards
The mental gymnastics that are required to remain attached to normal and open-minded liberal notions of fairness are becoming increasingly difficult for even the most mentally athletic citizens to grasp.
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War at home and abroad
Whether President Obama is re-elected or his challenger Mitt Romney is elected, the nation will not end its wars abroad or at home.
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Fear is a Liar
He was a young physician, totally dedicated to healing. But he came to my door proselytizing mindless hate.
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Chick-fil-A had it coming
Georgia-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is in a bit of a pickle following comments made by the company’s president, Dan Cathy, who said the company was “guilty as charged” in its stance against gay marriage.
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Value of human life is subjective, political
As reports hit the media detailing the human tragedy and loss of life from the massacre in Aurora, Colo., the polemics of gun control became a topic of conversation. Whether you’re pro or con on the issue, no one wants to put semi-automatic assault weapons in the hands of a maniac. No doubt, we’ll see Mitt Romney and President Obama posturing on the issue in order to preserve their PAC contributions from the NRA. Although, at one time, they bo...
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Burning Man sizzles under BLM control
The time to “Burn” is approaching and this year’s event has taken twists and turns like no other year. The latest news about the dust-filled, “art” attack on the Black Rock Desert over Labor Day Weekend in September comes from the Bureau of Land Management, surprisingly approving the expansion of attendees from a cap of 50,000 to 60,900. The BLM’s Interior Board of Land Appeals environmental assessment report that looked at all impacts associa...
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Take away reason to shoot, not guns
Here we go again: another mass murder involving innocent civilians. The country is appalled at the tragedy. Where have we heard this story before? It seems as if this is all too common an occurrence, doesn’t it? I agree, but what are we to do about it? Stand on every street corner weeping and lighting votive candles until our fingers are blistered by the melting wax? There is something we can all do to at least begin to correct this situation....
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Changing how we talk to the future
Now that I am in charge of two young children for the first time in my life, I find myself saying a lot of things I had only ever heard come from the mouths of parents.
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To uniform or not to uniform
As my 18-year-old daughter was leaving the house the other day, I asked her, “Are you wearing that?”
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Heat and light for the Hall of Flames
Longtime readers know that the Barbwire Molly Ivins Memorial Columniator Hall of Flames has only two qualifications for admission: you gotta be dead and your writing had to hit hellaciously hard.
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Human trafficking: a hot August reality
Reno depends on special events such as Hot August Nights and Street Vibrations to fill our hotel rooms and our gaming tables, but unfortunately these various events bring more than just car buffs and camera-laden tourists to our town.
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Suspension abuse in our schools
The Washoe County School District has adopted policies and regulations to deal with student discipline issues. One area covered by such procedures is student suspensions. WCSD regulation PATH-106 section 5.1 states: “The primary purpose of a suspension is to give the student, his/her parent(s) and/or guardian(s), and the school time to resolve a problem. The duration of a suspension is related to a course of action designed to resolve the prob...
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Olympians: Don’t judge them by the clothes on their backs
One valuable lesson I learned in life at a young age was not to judge a man by the clothes he wears. Back in the “good old days” of the 1940s, most neighborhoods in the city had their local dumpster divers, garbage pickers and scavengers looking for something they could turn a dime on. Rationing of food and consumer products during the war effort prompted most of us to be resourceful just to survive. We collected empty bottles, cans, old newsp...
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Playing With Fire
Not only are the Reno City Council and Washoe County Commission figuratively burning down their own houses, they might literally burn down yours. Murphy’s Law Dept. At about 12:30 p.m. on July 2, roughly 28.5 hours after the divorce of the city of Reno and Washoe County fire departments, a major forest fire broke out near the exclusive Caughlin Ranch area of southwest Reno, one of two newly unprotected county areas. At about 1:45 p.m., I saw o...
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Condi Rice for veep? Maybe.
In a development that surprises nobody, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has emerged as a front-runner for Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nomination. The story broke Thursday by the Drudge Report, a prominent news aggregator, the same day as the Romney for president campaign confirmed in an email that the vice presidential nominee would be selected prior to the Republican National Convention to be held in Tampa, Fla. next month. Ric...
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