You can’t run from the awful truth
Civil rights legend the Rev. Onie Cooper was laid to rest last Friday by a standing-room-only crowd at Reno’s Second Baptist Church. The great and exalted sat with the least among us and holy men and women of all stripes. The highlight came with a rousing rendition of Onie’s favorite song “Lord, I Tried,” by awesome jazz and blues singer Pat Esters. Onie thus left us all feeling uplifted. He would like that. Awful truth department Just in time...
Trump the democratic process
A few years ago, out of pure curiosity, I decided to see what all the election season excitement was about. A local Sparks high school was holding a GOP caucus. I walked inside the gymnasium fully prepared to have the political experience of a lifetime. It turns out that a GOP “caucus” was really just a place where confused Republicans stood around, made small talk and checked their watches every few minutes. Of course, it was just a generally...
End domestic violence: give women a gun
High school graduation is traditionally the right of passage through the gateway of adulthood. Some graduates will go on to college. Some will find white-collar jobs and others will keep their part-time jobs at Jiffy Lube and McDonald’s for life. Planning for a successful future, the boys will follow their instincts of manhood: raise a family, drink beer and watch sports on television. The girls will explore their femininity and hope they don’...
BP’d-off about high gas prices
Gas prices as high as $4 a gallon are appearing all around the country. Rumor has it that $5 a gallon will be a reality later this summer. Two items on the New York Stock Exchange ticker that show almost an unending rise are the price of gold and the price of a barrel of oil. Unrest in the Middle East is the predominant reason given for this rise in oil prices. With the recent disaster in Japan, that country’s oil consumption has plummeted, wh...
That championship season
This year, as in most years, when the NCAA basketball championship game is over I always think back to the championship season my high school basketball team had in 1944.
Making money for education
Gov. Sandoval said he will not raise taxes to generate the funds Nevada needs for education. He wants everyone to focus on cuts. Sounds a lot like Gov. Gibbons. Hopefully Sandoval won’t make all the same mistakes, but he is off to a bad start. There are several options to raise money for education in Nevada but it requires creative thinking, not just business as usual. Here are just a few ideas: Legalize marijuana: People would flock to Nevada...
A Walk with the Giants
Last Thursday’s César Chávez celebration at Circus Circus was not outstanding for the presence of all those workers and officeholders. The fun part came when we inducted three union giants into the César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame and not one saw it coming. As we moved to the presentations, I faked a microphone problem and called an electrician to the stage. Al Davis (no, not the meanest guy in pro football) from Electrical Workers Local...
Housekeeping for survival
Despite the slowly improving economic indicators, millions of Americans are forced to change, drastically, their lifestyles, seldom for the better. Most obvious victims of the current downturn are the foreclosed home owners who have either already lost their house to the bank or are caught in a home worth a lot less than they owe on their mortgages. If they are lucky enough to still have a job, the burden of keeping the family sheltered is bru...
War yesterday, today and forever
So much for the “Audacity of Hope.” President Obama has the audacity to start another war while offering the same hopelessness as his predecessor G.W. Bush. Bush was a crass frat boy from Texas. Obama is an intelligent, sophisticated constitutional lawyer from Illinois. But their policy difference is almost nil. It must be the air in the White House. Obama’s warmongering is couched in less bellicose terms than Bush used but it is still warmong...
Time to say buy, buy
There are a couple of stereotypes associated with auctions. One is an old man in some kind of cowboy hat talking in a hick accent at supersonic speed asking a crowd of hillbillies to outbid each other for a rusty tin can. The other stereotype also involves an old man auctioneer only this time he speaks with a British accent, wears a tuxedo and stands in a fancy room asking a bunch of snooty rich people to outbid each other for priceless art. S...
Pay Issue Comes Back to Bite City
This week’s action by the City Council regarding increases in pay and pay ranges for certain employees is troubling for several reasons. First, the city is unloading responsibility for a mess it created on taxpayers. When cuts were needed in previous years, leaders such as the police and fire chiefs were forced to take reductions in pay while officers and firefighters were able to take part of their cuts in the form of nonwage concessions – cu...