Watch your back side
Every now and then, we all need a good kick in the ass. It is very easy to get into a rut sitting at my desk, staring at blank pages and thinking only about my own publication. The daily grind can give many of us tunnel vision, focusing only on getting our assigned jobs done and losing sight of other possibilities. The result: doing the same thing over and over again. In my professional life, conferences or meetings with colleagues have often ...
Gunning for the least among us
"Whatsoever you do to these, the least of my brethren, you do also to me." So said the world's most famous union organizer from Nazareth, Galilee. I called the editor of this newspaper last week to sell him a story. He asked me to e-mail details. I was too scared. More than a decade ago, when the Reno News & Review was still Nevada Weekly, they did a cover story on the motel children of Reno and Sparks. The writer noted that a second generatio...
Common sense and economic reality
The City of Sparks just laid off 34 more people. The Silver Club just closed its doors. Scheels just laid off 50 workers – much more than merely seasonal extra help for Christmas. On the political front, the parody song “Obama the Magic Negro” is causing waves in our “politically correct” world, while the experts all tell us “we are entering uncharted waters,” economically speaking. Casino winnings in Nevada are down 15 percent from a year ago...
Gibbons, Breslow and Loux: Nevada's ethical birds of a feather?
We’ve all heard the old expressions “blood is thicker than water” and “birds of a feather flock together.” But nothing is thicker than Republican blood in the political veins of our great Gov. Jim Gibbons, especially when it comes to a convicted ethics violator. A good example is his appointment of former Sparks Mayor Bruce Breslow as executive director of the Nevada Commission for Nuclear Projects. He will replace Bob Loux, who resigned in Se...
Minding the canary in the mine shaft
Most of us have heard about the canary in a mine shaft. The bird was put in the shaft because of its need for fresh air. If the canary keeled over, it was time to get out of the shaft. Today we don’t have to be in a mine shaft to need a canary. Our environment is suffering worldwide and many of the “canaries” have already died. The North Pole is melting. Large parts of Antarctica have fallen into the ocean. Parts of Africa are in perpetual dro...
Nature vs. nurture: Gays have right to their lifestyle
A movie that is popular right now, “Milk,” the story of the assassination of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco city councilman, is really a story of the first openly gay politician in any California political scene. This movie hits the marquee on the heels of the defeat of gay marriage in California with the passage of Proposition 8 in the November, 2008 elections. Actually, I believe history will record the passage of Proposition 8, although banni...
‘Auld Lang Syne:’ Bush’s farewell eight years too late
The year has finally ended. Most of us are grateful we have survived the last year of President George Bush’s infamous political legacy. Many of us are anxious to start rebuilding our lives in the coming year and all of us are ready to drink that cup of kindness for “Auld Lang Syne.” It’s strange how the words and music of “Auld Lang Syne” can remind us of memories from the past. It’s really a folk song written by the Scottish poet Robert Burn...
In self-defense, Israel strikes back
How many times would you let someone shoot at you before you shot back? Once? Maybe twice? Hamas fired more than 100 rockets into Israel, killing civilians, before Israel said enough! We in America didn’t even allow the first shot to be fired against us when we invaded Iraq. Imagine if some terrorists were firing rockets at San Diego from just across the Mexican border. Would we allow even 10 to be fired, much less 100? Would we send our army ...
Resolve to take action in 2009
Well, happy new year to you as well. What’s your New Year’s resolution? Do you have one? Why not? This is the time of year when we all seem to look forward to the new year and decide, in our own individual ways, to make the new year better than last. We don’t all do this, of course, but enough people do that it seems to be a sort of national pastime to make New Year’s resolutions. A lot of people decide that this is the year to shed all those ...
Tribune marks a great 2008
I want to end 2008 with a big thank you to all our readers — both home subscribers and single-copy readers — and advertisers who supported us this year.