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Rebels, heroes and mavericks are made, not born
Most political pundits missed the message of the last three general elections: People are really, really, really freakin’ mad!
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Neon rodeo
If the Las Vegas Strip is transformed into one wide river of cowboy hats and Wranglers, you know it’s time for the National Finals Rodeo.
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Don’t ask, don’t tell: Sodom and Gomorrah
Discrimination in our military has always existed. During our great American Revolution, black men were not allowed to join the Continental Army on the battlefield against Great Britain. That policy quickly changed when the English offered the slaves freedom and a mercenary’s wage to join the British army. Although they were segregated from the white soldiers, they were led by white officers in combat. Usually, they were in command of all the ...
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TSA Tyranny
“If we tolerate this, there’s something wrong with us.” Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) said this about the “enhanced” Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) procedures creating controversy and national headlines. And by “enhanced” I mean enhanced levels of radiation (the safety of which most doctors can’t seem to agree on), enhanced money lobbied to Capitol Hill for the enhanced number of body scanners (by the manufacturers of said scanner...
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Small towns hit the ‘bust’ in Nevada’s ‘boom and bust’ history
Nevada is known for its boom and bust development over 144 years of existence as a state. In almost every instance, mining has been the protagonist in both the boom and the bust. Last week, another bust occurred not because the ore played out. The bust occurred because the economy played out for the populace of 475 in the two tiny communities of Empire and Gerlach in northern Washoe County. United States Gypsum, which has been the mainstay of ...
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Class warfare
The media are all fretted up over one of the freshman congressman who hasn’t yet learned to keep his mouth off certain forbidden topics.
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Exploring Nevada’s railroad history
As you roll north on U.S. 95 or east on Interstate 80, it’s easy to forget there was a time Nevada’s transportation system relied not on the automobile, but on the iron horse.
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Some holiday cheers and fears
It’s strange how a time of year that is supposed to be filled with such joy and happiness also can have such pain and suffering.
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Leaks reveal shabby nation
A congressional cretin considers whether the Internet whistle-blower is a terrorist.
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Smoking guns and suing for schools
For decades, Nevada has ignored her state constitutional mandate and illegally underfunded education.
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Thanks for real friends, loving parents and human kindness
The frigid night air shrouding the aging tenements was filled with the scent of ethnic cooking as misty cold fog weaved its way through the downtown neighborhood. The frosted street lights could barely sneak a peek at the empty streets below waiting for nature’s gift to snowmen. But the chilled night would soon be warmed by the fire of the human spirit — the spirit of Thanksgiving. In my house, the night before Thanksgiving was the beginning o...
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Respect for a family in Elko
Every Thanksgiving since 2002, my thoughts turn to a family in Elko. While I haven’t seen or spoken to any of them in almost 10 years, they are in my mind constantly as the November holiday approaches. This family lost their 18-year-old son and brother, Josh Nash, when he was killed in a single-vehicle accident between Wells and Elko the morning of Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, just four days before Thanksgiving. He was survived by his parents, an ol...
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Where has the Christmas spirit gone?
The Thanksgiving turkey gravy hadn’t even congealed yet and people were already camping out at shopping malls waiting to be the first in line to get the “Big Deal” at the start of the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday was upon us. Undoubtedly there would have been numerous paper boys in the country’s emergency rooms — if we still had paper boys — with various muscles pulled from tossing the 5- or 6-pound newspapers loaded with all the ad...
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Giving thanks from the road
It’s been a challenging year in Nevada with the economy slumping and work hard to find.
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Hands Off
Ronald Reagan, in his later years as president, favored a nap after lunch to revive his mind for the later part of the day of decisions that was his job.
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Anti-Israel ad hits a nerve
Pop artist Andy Warhol immortalized the idea that “in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”
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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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