Deer and predators: NDOW charts new course
For 15 years in a row here in the Tribune I have written an annual column on the status of Nevada’s deer herd and, remarkably, the numbers have barely moved, with the herd remaining at rock-bottom levels: a little more than 100,000 animals. By comparison, we reached a peak in 1988, when 250,000 deer roamed the state. That’s the bad news. But hope is on the horizon – at least the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is making major strides to, ...
The Persian Gambit
The core question for the current generation of Americans is actually quite simple: Do we want to be the conquering army of Christian democracy around the world, beginning with the oil fields of the Middle East, or not?
Court decisions dent gay bias
Intolerance. Hatred. Bigotry. Prejudice. Discrimination. Ignorance. Fear. All were dealt a severe blow by the courts as gays and lesbians recently won two sparkling victories.
Competing against ourselves
top of our mound of daily duties we have had to prepare entries in the yearly Nevada Press Association journalism contest. In this year’s competition there are 49 categories between breakdowns of news, sports, photography and advertising. In this my first year as editor, I allowed the staff to run amok with submissions and, because the bill got too big, I had to eliminate some contending articles to get us to a total of 50 entries. Last year, ...
The prime axiom in any enterprise is “Innovators, Operators and Undertakers,” the three phases of any development — economic, social or political.
When life and MySpace collide
Little Caesar’s Pizza as a junior in high school — I remember going for the interview wearing a maroon shirt and tie with a black vest. Maybe I was a little overdressed for the occasion, considering the woman who interviewed me was wearing a ratty green apron covered in flour, but to me it was important to look impressive for the momentous occasion in my young life. Since that first attempt at employment, which was successful, by the way, I ha...
Futuristic prediction is, at best, a tricky business, particularly in the case of political punditry focused on the promised progress of civilization under American tutelage.
Land of the free?
That’s what we are, the land of the free. Actually, we started out as the land-of-the-free, white European immigrants but we have finally gotten around to freeing everyone. It took us more than 150 years but now (at least in theory) we are all free. What confuses me is how we can be the land of the free when we have new residents of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the dozens of other foreign nationals that we have sent to secret prisons in Eastern Eu...
Reflections of true American heroes
It is not every week you get to interview a man who sank an aircraft carrier, another who parachuted into France on D-Day, and another who listened, while a cadet at West Point in 1962, to Gen. Douglas McArthur’s famous farewell address, “Duty, Honor, Country.”