Prisons, drugs and race
In the United States we feel that we are compassionate and just. People who commit crimes receive a fair trial and fair punishment.
World War II Redux
It has often been observed that history is written by the victors, and nowhere is that thesis better demonstrated than in the myths of WWII.
And the reform beat goes on
The Washoe County School District is to be commended for its efforts in writing the state's application, “Nevada’s Promise,” in pursuit of President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top federal funding for school reform.
Obama: President of 49 states
Years ago, I thought there would be some kind of political revolution based on race beginning in the 21st century as the divide between color continued to widen.
Thumbs up thumbs down
One Sunday a month, the Sparks Tribune will provide a roundup of miscellaneous community events, government action and everyday occurrences and give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” in support or disapproval.
A Tale of two Renos
When Mr. Walt Disney looked at a massive Florida swamp, he didn’t see a muddy, reptile infested marshland — he saw the happiest place on earth.
‘Paris of the West’
SAN FRANCISCO — This city is showing two magnificent art exhibitions from France, proving once again its sobriquet “Paris of the West.”
Lessons from social injustice
Last week’s forced resignation of Shirley Sherrod as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s state director of rural development in Georgia demonstrated extreme racist phobia, media frenzy, political posturing and individual ignorance. Andrew Breitbart, a right-wing conservative commentator, released a video with excerpts of a speech by Sherrod at an NAACP fundraiser. He accused Sherrod, an African-American, of prejudice towards whites and demand...
My life as a marathon: Running through the rut
Things have been a little slow and routine lately. But sometimes, just keeping up the routine is success in and of itself. Some of you may know the drill very well. You get up, toss on the gym clothes and with bleary eyes make your way either to your trusted sidewalk path or the local gym. Lately, my routine has bypassed the beautiful, cool summer mornings outside, opting instead for the treadmill. Call me a creature of habit because lately I ...
In need of an electionectomy
I’m facing cataract surgery in a few weeks and I couldn’t help thinking that my surgery is similar to the general election we will all hopefully take part in early in November. The surgery takes only about 15 minutes and the election takes place for one day. The recovery is short for the eye surgery, but sometimes we seemingly never recover from the results of the elections if you listen to all the political rhetoric before and after the votin...
City government goes mental
Anyone who goes into government has got to be a little crazy. Apparently the people within government think so, too. Last week during a routine check of the upcoming Sparks City Council agenda, I came across an item regarding City Manager Shaun Carey’s performance review. The item contained some interesting language: When considering a contract extension for Carey through 2012, the council will consider his “character, conduct, professional co...
Sell us this day our daily bread
Everybody knows / the fight was fixed. The poor stay poor / The rich get rich. That’s how it goes / Everybody knows. — Leonard Cohen What if I told you that the price of food you pay every day is 80 percent higher than it should be? But what do you care? You can still get a taco for a buck almost anywhere, so what’s the big deal? What if I uttered the magic words that Wall Street caused it? Would that get your attention? Regular Barbwireites h...